The Alternative to Anaconda

Get the same open source capabilities as Anaconda, but with more flexibility, less hassle and lower cost.

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ActivePython for Anaconda Users

ActiveState provides commercially-supported Python distributions similar to Anaconda via our ActiveState Platform. But ActivePython provides a number of key differences when you are looking for an alternative to Anaconda

Support for Any Package - No Extra Charge

Our offerings allow you to add any package to your Python environment. Need to add “extra” packages like Spacy, Keras, Tkinter, Selenium, or Dash? No charge.

More Production Nodes for Less

On average, ActiveState production nodes are half the cost of an Anaconda node, which means your license dollars go further.

Support for any Number of Python Builds

Need a Python environment to support your organization’s web development efforts? You can create your own on the ActiveState Platform, or just use our pre-built Python for WebDev distribution – it’s all included.

Automatically Build Packages

Rather than manually building packages like TensorFlow, Django or Plotly using conda forge, the ActiveState Platform can automatically build them and their dependencies (including linked C and Fortran libraries) for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Each version of ActivePython for Anaconda users comes with a version of Python (currently v3.8.2), as well as most of the packages included in the Anaconda Individual Edition. Download ActivePython for Anaconda for free today for Windows or Linux.

Restorable Environments

If you’ve ever experienced a corrupted environment you know how frustrating troubleshooting and/or reinstalling it can be. The ActiveState Platform saves a snapshot of every Python environment you create (including transitive dependencies like those at the OS level), so you can roll back to a previously working version with ease.

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OEM Licensing

Need to embed Python in your application? You can license ActivePython royalty-free for redistribution with your application. A standard, out-of-the-box solution makes it easier for your customers to get started, and simpler for your Tech Support team to support.

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Worried about IP infringement lawsuits? ActiveState’s indemnification offering can provide you with the level of protection from legal exposure your company needs so you can ship your code worry free.

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Commercial Support: ActiveState vs. Anaconda

ActiveState provides a lot of value beyond just the price tag, making it the perfect alternative to Anaconda – At half the annual cost!


ActiveState Team Tier

Anaconda Team Edition – Starter Package

Support Pricing (annual) $4,560 $10K
Implementation Fee N/A $2,500
Critical Updates Yes Yes
Additional Packages Any No
Pricing per User (annual) Includes up to 20 ActiveState Platform users
+ unlimited Development use *
Includes up to 5
Pricing per Node (annual) Includes up to 5 Includes up to 5
Support Email and Chat Community
Package Builds Automated Manually via Conda Forge
Pre-Built Distributions Multiple Two: Anaconda & Miniconda

*Any number of developers can work with the open source distribution(s) your 20 users build on the ActiveState Platform

ActiveState also has comparable offerings at the Anaconda Scale and Strategic levels, as well. For more information on pricing, refer to our ActiveState Platform Pricing or else contact Sales.