ANN: ActivePython is now available

Sridhar Ratnakumar SridharR at
Tue Jun 30 21:20:46 CEST 2009

I'm happy to announce that ActivePython is now available for
download from:

This is a major release that updates ActivePython3 to core Python 3.1.

What is ActivePython?

ActivePython is ActiveState's binary distribution of Python. Builds
for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, HP-UX and AIX are made freely available.

ActivePython includes the Python core and the many core extensions:
zlib and bzip2 for data compression, the Berkeley DB (bsddb) and
SQLite (sqlite3) database libraries, OpenSSL bindings for HTTPS
support, the Tix GUI widgets for Tkinter, ElementTree for XML
processing, ctypes (on supported platforms) for low-level library
access, and others. The Windows distribution ships with PyWin32 -- a
suite of Windows tools developed by Mark Hammond, including bindings
to the Win32 API and Windows COM. See this page for full details:

As well, ActivePython ships with a wealth of documentation for both
new and experienced Python programmers. In addition to the core Python
docs, ActivePython includes the "What's New in Python" series, "Dive
into Python", the Python FAQs & HOWTOs, and the Python Enhancement
Proposals (PEPs).

An online version of the docs can be found here:

We would welcome any and all feedback to:

     ActivePython-feedback at

Please file bugs against ActivePython at:

On what platforms does ActivePython run?

ActivePython includes installers for the following platforms:

- Windows/x86
- Windows/x64 (aka "AMD64")
- Mac OS X
- Linux/x86
- Linux/x86_64 (aka "AMD64")

Extra Bits

ActivePython releases also include the following:

- ActivePython31.chm: An MS compiled help collection of the full
   ActivePython documentation set. Linux users of applications such as
   xCHM might find this useful. This package is installed by default on

Extra bits are available from:

Thanks, and enjoy!

The Python Team

Sridhar Ratnakumar
sridharr at

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