Why ActiveState

At ActiveState, it’s always been our mission to make open source easy for developers to use and enterprises to adopt. Over the past twenty years, millions of developers and 97% of the Fortune 1000 have adopted our Python, Perl and Tcl solutions.

Today, ActiveState is reinventing build engineering with an on-demand service that lets any developer automatically build, resolve dependencies and package any open source language for any operating system in just a few minutes.

It’s a Google-sized problem that is incrementally being realized via the ActiveState Platform. We’ll know we’re successful when:

  • Developers can focus on writing code, not building runtimes, and
  • Enterprises can achieve open source supply chain transparency, reducing security, compliance and legal risk.

“One out of every 16 open source download requests is for a component with a known vulnerability”

– Sonatype Inc.

“85% of audited applications (contain) components with license conflicts.”

– Black Duck Software

Trusted by Developers, Proven for the Enterprise


How Are We Unique?

We are the only commercial open source vendor with a 20+ year history of providing open source language solutions that meet developer needs and enterprise requirements.

Track Record

  • 20+ years providing Fortune 500 companies with open source language distributions
  • Founding member of the Python Software Foundation and contributing members to Perl and Tcl
  • Employ open source contributors and experts

Read about our Commercial Support Offering.

Multi-Language Support

  • Commercial distributions of Python, Perl and Tcl, as well as Go and Ruby
  • Support for recent and legacy versions of most languages, as well as Python 2
  • 100% compatible with open source code

Refer to our best practices for Adding a New Language to your tech stack.

Runtime Focus

  • Packages and dependencies are regularly patched for security vulnerabilities
  • Well-supported and well-maintained packages are flagged for Enterprise Tier subscribers to allow compliance with corporate policy
  • ActiveState managed distributions are license-checked to remove GPL packages and resolve licensing conflicts

Read about our Indemnification offering.

Why ActiveState? Because open source is too vital to your organization to leave in the dark. Let ActiveState help you gain the transparency you need to reduce open source risk.