State Tool: How to activate/switch between projects

State Tool is the CLI for the ActiveState Platform. It can be used to interact with the Platform from the command prompt. With the State Tool, you can create new projects, manage existing projects, and download and install language runtime environments. By default, all projects created or downloaded with the State Tool will be installed in a virtual directory to ensure against dependency conflicts. Watch this video to see how you can activate/switch between projects using our CLI tool.

Learn more about the ActiveState Platform and about the State Tool to understand how these can support your dev teams.

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At ActiveState, we use the Platform to build not only our popular open source language distributions, but also custom runtimes for our enterprise clients (i.e. builds containing just the language and packages their project requires). Try it out yourself or get a demo and understand how it can support your enterprise’s open source needs.


New to the ActiveState Platform? Here’s how to get started, once you’ve created your free account.

Use our Platform to build a custom runtime for your next project, including just the language and packages your project needs.

  • Choose a language (Python, Perl or Tcl right now)
  • Select your operating system (Linux or Windows, plus Mac for Python)
  • Add the packages your project requires

ActiveState regularly pulls packages from each language’s standard open source repository (CPAN, PyPI, etc) to ensure that your open source language and components are up to date, can be compiled from source, and are then verified to work together in a distribution that is packaged for most major operating systems. Go ahead and try our beta today! We are hanging out at our Community Forum to provide support as you explore.

The ActiveState Platform is free for development use. Explore our paid plans for non-development use such as testing, production, and redistribution.

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