How Do We Compare to Anaconda?

ActiveState Python: the easier, more secure way to work with Python.

Complete Python Catalog

All the Python packages your teams require are available in a single, central location — the ActiveState Platform — and can be shared with your entire data science, machine learning scientific computing and data analysis or visualization teams.

That includes not only developers and data scientists, but also Compliance Officers, who can identify all the licenses associated with each dependency. Security Officers can view all the vulnerabilities associated with each dependency, and receive notifications when new ones arise.

A Secure Python Supply Chain

ActiveState builds all Python programming language packages from vetted source code obtained from the Python ecosystem, including linked C and Rust frameworks using a secure, SLSA-compliant build service. This include math-intensive packages like numpy, pandas, tensorflow, matplotlib, pytorch, etc.

That means no longer having to take a risk on including pre-built PyPI or Conda Forge packages, which are primary vectors of software supply chain attacks.

No More Waiting for New Releases

At ActiveState we understand you can’t wait 3-6 months for a new Python distribution update.

We regularly import new packages/package versions, as well as new Python releases. This means you can always create or update your environment with the latest packages/Python on demand in order to speed up vulnerability remediation, and ensure you can take advantage of new features.

Feature ActiveState Anaconda
Supported Catalog All Python dependencies found on PyPI Limited
Additional Packages Fee Included Additional Fee
Updated Catalog Continually Updated Infrequent Releases
CVE Notifications Yes Yes
License Indemnification Yes Yes
Supply Chain Security Vetted Source Code N/A
Secure Build System SLSA Build Level 3 N/A
OS Support Mac, Windows & Linux Mac, Windows & Linux
Provenance Software Attestations Included Not Provided
SBOMs Included Additional Fee
Package Manager State Tool Conda
Visibility Package/Version Level Limited
Storage & CPU Costs Included Additional Fee

ActiveState Python is not only functionally equivalent to Anaconda Python, but also typically cheaper.

Please view our pricing page for the latest information about about our tiered pricing.

Experience the ActiveState Advantage, secure your Python supply chain with us.

Ready to gain the advantages of a secure Python supply chain that simplifies both dependency and environment management versus Anaconda?

Other key difference includes visibility into not only who is using which packages (and their dependencies), but also whether those dependencies are vulnerable and licensed properly.

Let our team of experts show you how easy it is to migrate from Anaconda to ActiveState Python.

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