The Alternative to Anaconda

Get the same open source packages and functionality for data science as Anaconda, but with more flexibility, less hassle and lower cost.

Accelerate your data science and software development projects with ActivePython – a secure, supported Python 3 distribution that contains many of the popular third-party modules and Python packages, including numpy, pandas, scipy, tensorflow, and more. And ActivePython can be freely modified, forked, merged, and shared with your data science, scientific computing and machine learning teams.

ActivePython for Anaconda Users

ActiveState provides commercially-supported Python distributions similar to Anaconda via our ActiveState Platform. 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 comes with a version of Python, as well as most of the data analysis and data visualization packages included in the Anaconda Individual Edition. ActivePython is powered by the ActiveState Platform, which is a universal package manager for Python, Perl and Tcl. It enables automated dependency management, distributed cloud-based builds of dependencies from source (in parallel, where possible), team collaboration tools, and a versatile CLI—all without the need for build engineering or operating system expertise.

Talk to Sales today to understand how ActivePython can fit into your ecosystem and support your data science applications.

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, which are dependencies of dependencies that typically shift over time), 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

**June 21, 2021 onwards we’ve changed how we distribute, license, and price our products and services. Read more about the changes here. or view our pricing page for the latest information about the different tiers.

Try Python by ActiveState For Data Science

Data scientists and engineers choose Python for data science due to its easy-to-read nature and powerful analytics packages. As a popular programming language, Python is ideal for use in ensuring data quality, working with multiple data sources, and generating visualizations. While the open source distribution of Python may be satisfactory for individual use, it doesn’t always meet the support, security, or platform requirements of large organizations.

Pre-bundled with the most important packages data Scientists need, ActivePython is pre-compiled so you and your team don’t have to waste time creating their own open source distribution. You can focus on what’s important–spending more time building algorithms and predictive machine learning models against your big data sources, and less time on environment configuration.

To try this Anaconda alternative, create an account on the ActiveState Platform using your email or GitHub login and download the Python version you need for Windows, Linux or macOS. Or you could directly integrate our Python into your workflow by via our command line tool using the snippet below.

powershell -Command "& $([scriptblock]::Create((New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString(''))) -activate-default ActiveState-Labs/Anaconda-for-ActivePython-3.9"
sh <(curl -q --activate-default ActiveState-Labs/Anaconda-for-ActivePython-3.9
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.