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ActivePython 2.5 User Guide

Welcome, and thank you for using ActivePython. This is ActivePython This release corresponds to Python version 2.5.6. ActivePython is ActiveState's complete and ready-to-install distribution of Python. It provides a one-step installation of all essential Python modules, as well as extensive documentation.

ActivePython is available for:

  • Windows/x86 and Windows/x64,
  • Mac OS X (Universal build),
  • Linux/x86 and Linux/x86_64,
  • Solaris SPARC and x86,
  • HP-UX, and
  • AIX.
ActivePython is ActiveState's quality-assured binary build of Python. The latest Windows, Linux and Mac OS X builds are available for free to the community. Solaris, HP-UX and AIX builds are available in ActivePython Business, Enterprise and OEM editions.

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, 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 What's Included for full details.

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). See Helpful Python Resources for a full list.

User Guide Contents:

  • The Install Notes give detailed installation instructions for all platforms.
  • What's Included describes what makes up ActivePython in more detail.
  • Getting Started with ActivePython provides some helpful pointers for getting started whether you are new to ActivePython, new to this version of Python, or trying out ActivePython on a new platform.
  • PyPM Tutorial: Using the Python Package Manager (PyPM) included with ActivePython.
  • The Release Notes include a version history, known issues and detailed notes about the changes in each release.
  • The ActivePython License
  • The ActivePython FAQ answers some frequently asked (and anticipated) questions about the ActivePython distribution.

The latest ActivePython documentation is available online at docs.activestate.com . Many other Python resources and general information about Python at ActiveState is available here .

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