The #1 Python Solution
Used by Innovative Teams

Accelerate your data science and software development with ActivePython – a secure, supported Python distribution.

For Development Use

Get a version of the Python core language and many of the popular third-party modules – free to download and use for development purposes.

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For Commercial Use

Extensive customization, premium support, and regularly scheduled builds – licensed for use beyond development, as well as redistribution.

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Reduce Risk and Deliver Value Faster with ActiveState’s Python Distribution

Save time and stop worrying about support, security and license compliance. ActivePython is built for your data science and development teams to move fast and deliver great products to the standards of today’s top enterprises.


  • Connect to your big data and databases including Hadoop, Redis, MongoDB, MySQL, ODBC
  • Prepare, analyze and visualize your data with NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, MatPlotLib and more
  • Build and train machine learning models with TensorFlow, Theano and Keras
  • Accelerate your numerical computations with the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL)

Get: ActivePython for machine learning | ActivePython for data science

Get your Apps to Market Faster


ActivePython includes 400+ popular Python packages, pre-verified to ensure against outdated or vulnerable versions, incompatibility and improper licensing, so you can:

  • Get up and running in minutes whether an individual or large team
  • Develop web applications with frameworks like Django and Flask
  • Deploy to AWS or Google Cloud
  • Secure applications with pyOpenSSL, Cryptography and OAuthLib
  • Test and ensure code quality with pytest, nose, selenium, coverage and flake8

View Python packages included | Why ActivePython for web development


ActiveState has been providing commercial-grade, secure, stable and comprehensive Python distributions for over 20 years, including critical SLAs and maintenance updates.

  • Take advantage of node and/or OEM licensing for use beyond development.
  • Gain expert support with SLA-backed terms for critical issues.
  • Get timely security patches and fixes for the packages you use.
  • Obtain Python 2 extended support beyond EOL during your migration, or even if you never migrate.

More info: Licensing & Support Options | Python 2 Extended Support Past EOL | Python 2.7

Python 2 EOL support

97% of Fortune 1000 Companies Rely On ActiveState

ActiveState’s enterprise offering includes extensive customization, premium support, and regularly scheduled builds, licensed for production use and redistribution.

Reduce Security Risks
Ensure security with the latest secure versions of Python packages (i.e. the latest OpenSSL patch) and timely updates for critical issues.

Ensure License Compliance
Comply with your organization’s open source policies against GPL and GNU licensing, and reduce risk with legal indemnification.

Commercial Support & Maintenance
Keep your IP out of public forums and get faster, more reliable help with guaranteed response times and Service-Level Agreements

Enforce Code Consistency
Maintain consistency from desktop to production – Windows, macOS, Linux and big iron (AIX, Solaris).

Avoid Lock-In with Open Source
100% compatible with open source Python so you can recruit skilled staff, ramp up faster and avoid vendor lock-in.

Accelerate Time to Market
Spend less time setting things up and more time getting things done, with the top Python packages precompiled and ready to go.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Many organizations have policies that restrict the use of specific open source licenses or deployment of unsupported software components. ActivePython provides organizations with commercial support, including maintenance for older releases of Python, and other options to mitigate legal and security risks. Get a demo of ActivePython for enterprise use.

If you do not have such requirements, you can still use the ActiveState Platform to download ActivePython with precompiled Python packages, or customize your own Python runtime with the packages you need.

The best enterprise Python distribution depends on your requirements for ease of use, cost, security and support. Core Python ( makes sense for a do-it-yourself approach with help available from the community. Anaconda is popular for data science and machine learning, but charges for development use in commercial environments. ActivePython includes a wide range of Python packages and offers enterprise support and security options. Learn more in this blog post, “Which Python Distribution Should I Use?”.

The official Python ( provides the core language and package installer (pip). Typically, you would install Python and then manually install the packages you need using pip. ActivePython is identical to core Python but includes the most commonly used packages out of the box, and is verified against security vulnerabilities and dependency conflicts.

For enterprises, this approach has advantages for standardization, security and onboarding time. In addition, enterprises can get ActivePython with commercial support for recent and older releases of Python. Get a demo or see our Plans & Pricing.

ActivePython only includes packages that are verified against known security vulnerabilities (CVE’s). In addition, ActiveState continually monitors and implements fixes for known Python CVE’s in our standardized ActivePython as well as custom builds for enterprise customers. Enterprise licensing includes on-demand CVE reports of potential security issues within custom builds, as well as ongoing security updates for older and EOL’d versions of Python such as Python 2. Learn more in our Plans & Pricing.