Quickly create reproducible, secure Python development environments for yourself or with your team.
Supported Operating Systems
We offer exclusive extended Python 2.7.18.x builds which include security patches addressing vulnerabilities identified in the core Python 2 release.
What makes our Python different?
Our Python goes beyond other Python downloads by offering a stable, secure environment with pre-compiled packages, extended security updates, and long-term support.
ActiveState simplifies language deployment and ensures compatibility with different platforms by using our Platform/CLI tool, making it a go-to choice for enterprises seeking a dependable Python distribution.
1 Create an Account
Head over to our platform and create your free account to get started. You can even sign up using your GitHub to import your projects directly.
2 Get Python via Projects
Once you’ve created your account, you can set up your first Project.
Projects let you store your language and the packages you need to run your development environment in one place. You can share these projects with your team by inviting them to the organization the projects are stored within.
3 Install via our CLI Tool
Once you’ve created your project and added your packages, your project will build using our secure build platform.
When the build is complete, you can easily install and manage it using our CLI tool.
4 Accessing your projects via our CLI Tool
You can deploy and manage your projects using our CLI tool. Install packages, push changes to teammates, install the latest updates and more using our State Tool.
And that's it!
You’ve got an account with us, and you should be able to access your Project using our CLI tool on your local machine. If you’d like to share your project with your team, you can follow this guide. Happy Coding!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this Python Download Free?
ActiveState Python is free to download, but there are some limits on use: you can have no more than one runtime active at any given time. An active runtime is the number of instances of software from the ActiveState Platform that you run in a 24 hour period.
If you need more runtimes, please see our Plans and Pricing page.
How do I download Python for Windows, Mac, Linux?
What can I use the ActiveState Python Download for?
Python is one of the most popular programming languages for web development, scientific computing, data science, machine learning and more. ActiveState Python has been used to develop both commercial and non-commercial applications for individual developers and organizations in industries such as financial services, aerospace & defence, software and IT services. Companies like Microsoft, Altair, NASA and MSC trust ActiveState’s Python and Perl distributions. Learn more about ActiveState Python Use Cases.
Which version of Python should I download?
In general, it’s always best to choose the latest minor Python version, or else the previous minor version in order to ensure compatibility with recent versions of third-party modules, as well as to minimize vulnerabilities. For example, if the most current version is 3.9.6, the safe bet is to use 3.9.6 or 3.9.5. See which Python versions ActiveState supports.
While ActivePython 2.7 is still available, we recommend not starting new projects with 2.7 given that Python 2 is no longer supported by the community. If you still have applications running on Python 2, ActiveState does offer ongoing security updates with Python 2 extended support.
You shouldn’t have to choose between Security and Speed.
Our goal at ActiveState is make Open Source development environments secure, easy to manage, and shareable within teams. Sign-up with us today and start taking advantage of our development solutions.