Download Python: ActivePython

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ActivePython is free to use for development purposes. For use beyond development, see our plans and pricing details or contact us for a custom quote.

By downloading ActivePython Community Edition, you agree to comply with the terms of use of the ActiveState Community License. Need help? Please refer to our documentation.

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Because with ActiveState, you can build a custom Python, tailored to your needs.

The ActiveState Platform makes it possible to automate your build engineering cycle, dependency management and check for threats and license compliance. With your free Python download, you also gain access to the ActiveState Platform. That means stable, reproducible and easy-to-deploy runtimes – for free!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. ActivePython Community Edition is free to use in development. Paid licensing is required for use beyond development, which is any time ActivePython is used to run completed scripts or applications that are executed outside of a developer’s workstation. For more information, see the ActiveState Community Edition License Agreement.

ActivePython Community Edition for Windows, macOS and Linux can be downloaded via the links above. Click the button for the ActivePython version and operating system of your choice. You will be prompted to create a free ActiveState Platform account. Once created, the download dialog box should appear automatically. You can also click the “Download Builds” tab at that point to download the installer. Download ActivePython Community Edition.

Python is one of the most popular programming languages for web development, scientific computing, data science, machine learning and more. ActivePython is 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. Learn more about ActivePython.

General advice is to choose the Python version that is one major point behind the current one in order to ensure compatibility with third-party modules, i.e. If the current version is 3.9, the safe bet is to use 3.8. This is especially true for enterprise Python use. ActivePython Community Edition is typically available for the two most recent versions. However, older versions of ActivePython are also available. 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 has passed End of Life. If you still have applications running on Python 2, ActiveState does offer ongoing security updates with Python 2 extended support.