ActivePython 2.6 User Guide
Welcome, and thank you for using ActivePython. This is ActivePython
18.104.22.168. This release corresponds to Python version
2.6.7. 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
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
ActivePython includes the Python core and the many core extensions:
bzip2 for data compression, the Berkeley
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
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
- 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
ActiveState's Python Tools
Have you tried Komodo IDE yet? Komodo
IDE is ActiveState's multi-language, cross-platform integrated development
environment that features powerful editing and debugging support for Python.
evaluation . Komodo IDE's features include:
- support for local and remote Python debugging;
- the regular expression toolkit (Rx);
- background Python syntax checking, a Code Browser,
- Emacs and Vi keybindings; and more.
The Python Cookbook on ActiveState
Code! Need a recipe? Take a recipe. Have a recipe? Leave a
Python Cookbook on
ActiveState Code is a collaborative code repository for Python
programmers. Find code snippets for your own projects and contribute
your own code snippets to the Python community - all for free.
- Please send any feedback regarding the installer or any other aspect
of ActivePython to
- Bug Reports Submit ActivePython bugs to the
ActivePython Bug Database .
Please include all relevant information that you think will help us recreate
the circumstances in which the bug was observed. Core Python bugs should be
reported to the
core Python bug database .
- Mailing Lists ActiveState hosts a number of mailing
lists of interest to the Python community, including a list specifically
devoted to ActivePython. See
Python Lists on
ActiveState List Archives for more information.
- Installation Support For installation-related support,
send an email to
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