ActiveState’s extended support offers our exclusive Python 2.7.18.X end of life builds

Includes security patches addressing vulnerabilities and bug fixes identified in the core Python 2 programming language release as well as Python packages, reducing the risks to your software and organization from known exploits.

Let’s discuss your Python 2 support needs

JANUARY 1, 2020: The Python Software Foundation (PSF) sunset Python 2. End of Life (EOL) means there are no more official updates or security fixes, not even for critical security vulnerabilities.

Python 2.7 core codebases, including packages, modules and frameworks will continue to become less reliable and more vulnerable to attacks as security issues and bugs continue to emerge.

Benefits Of ActiveState Python 2.7.18.X

Python 2 Security Patches

Get updates for Python 2 core and third-party packages, including backported fixes from Python 3

Updated Packages

New versions of Python 2 third-party packages

Python 3 Migration Guidance

Expertise on Python 2 migration targets, and which Python 3 packages are suitably maintained and licensed

Technical Support

Support for Windows, Linux, macOS and more. Communicate with us via phone, email and chat

Supply Chain Security

Secure all your open source dependencies across dev, test and staging environments


Enterprise service-level agreements to ensure protection against critical and high-severity CVEs

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ActivePython 2.7.18 is available for free.

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Python 2 Extended Support

Python 2 EOL occurred on Jan 1, 2020. Get extended support for Python 2 including security fixes, updates and support for your third-party packages.

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Book a 30 min. session with our Python experts to get a free quote and vulnerability report for your environment’s version of Python 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Python 2 used for?

The Python programming language v2.0 was introduced to programmers and the Python community in the year 2000. Created by Guido Van Rossum in conjunction with the BeOpen Python Labs team, the purpose of the introduction of Python 2 was to make programming simple and easy to learn for beginners. Common use cases for Python development included scripting, task automation, web/HTML development, data analysis and visualization, data science and machine learning.

Is Python 2 or 3 better?

Python 3, the latest major version of Python, has new features and much better language syntax to use for new Python projects since it not only comes with a better set of standard built-in libraries than Python 2, but also resolves a number of key limitations (such as Unicode support for strings rather being stored as ASCII) in the original design of Python code. Python 3 is now one of the most popular programming languages in the world.

Is Python 2 used anymore?

Python 2.0 was released in 2000 and was the most popular version of Python for almost 20 years. It can still be found in large projects that contain a lot of legacy source code. Like most popular languages with large install bases, Python 2 runtimes will continue to be run in production and non-production environments for years to come.

Why use Python 2 instead of 3?

No one should consider starting a new software development in Python 2 since the Python Software Foundation (PSF) discontinued support for it in January 2020. However, it may be necessary to continue using Python 2 because the cost and resources of porting the application to Python 3 is simply not worth it. Python 2 application compatibility with Python 3 is not guaranteed