What’s New

Check out the latest Platform features and our updates to Python, Perl, Ruby, and Tcl.

Package and language version updates | ActiveState Platform Roadmap

Perl 5.36 - What's New

Perl 5.36

June 2022All Tiers

Perl 5.36 features a number of core enhancements, as well as new diagnostics and performance improvements.

See Perldelta for more information and visit your ActiveState Platform account to update your projects.

Artifactory Integration What's New

Artifactory Integration

March 2022All Tiers

ActiveState's JFrog Artifactory integration is now live and ready to help you automatically populate Artifactory with trustworthy, up-to-date open source packages in the ActiveState Platform.

Learn more here.

MacOS Support What's New

Expanded MacOS Support

March 2022All Tiers

Python 3.9+ and Perl 5.32+ are now supported for MacOS on the ActiveState Platform.

Log in to the Platform here.

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Community Editions Being Replaced By ActiveState Platform

August 2021All Tiers

ActiveState’s Community Edition (CE) language distributions (ActivePython, ActivePerl and ActiveTcl) are being phased out. These kinds of global installers will soon be available only to our Enterprise users. Instead, ActiveState is replacing them with the ActiveState Platform ecosystem, which provides users with a secure open source supply chain and advanced package management capabilities.

This blog explains why and this webinar goes over the Platform's features.

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Identify & Resolve Security Vulnerabilities Faster

June 2021All Tiers

Shorten the lengthy remediation process of investigating, rebuilding, retesting and updating runtime environments. The ActiveState Platform lets you find, fix and automatically rebuild a secure version of your Python, Perl and Tcl environments in minutes, decreasing Mean Time To Remediation (MTTR) from days to hours.

Read How To Remediate Your Open Source Vulnerabilities Quicker or watch a demonstration.

Python 3.9 Beta

Python 3.9

March 2021All Tiers

We’re introducing a whole new way to work with Python from ActiveState. Rather than a monolithic ActivePython distribution, our Python 3.9 release lets you:

  • Manage packages with a single toolchain for both Windows and Linux -- reduce tool maintenance overhead
  • Deploy into a virtual environment by default (simpler than venv) -- run multiple versions of Python without dependency conflicts
  • Automatically build dependencies from source in parallel, including linked C libraries -- faster, more secure Python builds

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Unlike ActivePython, our Python 3.9 provides:

  • A much smaller footprint -- just the language and the packages you need to get started
  • Standard licensing -- all the packages you install have just their original licensing
  • Command line installation -- automated installation with a single line of code

Ready to try it out?

Problems? Questions? Create a post in the ActiveState Community Forums and let us know.

CVE Beta

CLI-Enabled Security/CVE Reports

March 2021Business Tier, Enterprise Tier

View the number and severity of vulnerabilities in your Python or Perl projects at a glance, or access a detailed report using the State Tool by running state cve.

See how it works.

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Project Branching

Project Branching

February 2021All Tiers
Similar to a git branch, those on paid tiers can now create branches of their projects in order to make different configurations for debug, test, production, etc. For example, the main configuration of a runtime environment might be for development and test purposes, but you can create a child configuration for production purposes that doesn’t include test harnesses.In this way, you need only centrally maintain one main runtime that all children inherit. See how it works.

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Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

February 2021All Tiers

You can now add users to your organization on the ActiveState Platform and assign them a role: 

  • Read Only - user can only install and work with your runtime environments
  • Editor - user can edit existing runtime environments, as well as create new ones
  • Admin - user can edit and create runtime environments, as well as invite others to your organization

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In this way you can provide greater control over how your users interact with your runtime environments. For example, you may want your lead developer to be the only person to be able to create and modify the runtime environment used by their team.