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Python 2.6.0

Release Date: Oct. 2, 2008

Python 2.6 (final) was released on October 1st, 2008. There are a huge number of new features, modules, improvements and bug fixes. For information on what's changed, see:

  • Andrew Kuchling's guide to What's New in Python 2.6.
  • NEWS file contains a listing of everything that's new in each alpha, beta, and release candidate of Python 2.6.
  • PEP 361.

Please report bugs at

See also the license.

Python 2.6 Released: 01-Oct-2008


This is a production release; we currently support these formats:

MD5 checksums and sizes of the released files:

837476958702cb386c657b5dba61cdc5  10957859  Python-2.6.tar.bz2
d16d29a77db2cd3af882a591f431a403  13023860  Python-2.6.tgz
fe34764ad0027d01176eb1b321dd20c5  14503936  python-2.6.amd64.msi
6c62c123d248a48dccbaa4d3edc12680  14173184  python-2.6.msi
29a1a22f8d9fd8a4501b30d97fbee61c  23593748  python-2.6-macosx2008-10-01.dmg

The signatures for the source tarballs above were generated with GnuPG using release manager Barry Warsaw's public key which has a key id of EA5BBD71. The Windows installers was signed by Martin von Löwis' public key which has a key id of 7D9DC8D2. The signature on the Mac disk image was signed by Benjamin Peterson's public key which has a key id of A4135B38.

Vista Note

Administrators installing Python for all users on Windows Vista either need to be logged in as Administrator, or use the runas command, as in:

runas /user:Administrator "msiexec /i <path>\<file>.msi"


The documentation has also been updated. You can browse the HTML on-line or download the HTML:

[1]The binaries for AMD64 will also work on processors that implement the Intel 64 architecture (formerly EM64T), i.e. the architecture that Microsoft calls x64, and AMD called x86-64 before calling it AMD64. They will not work on Intel Itanium Processors (formerly IA-64).

Full Changelog


Version Operating System Description MD5 Sum File Size GPG
bzip2 compressed source tarball Source release 837476958702cb386c657b5dba61cdc5 10957859 SIG
Gzipped source tarball Source release 117a3f75faff0bef980169f0c1b2c50a 56954880 SIG
Mac OS X installer Mac OS X 29a1a22f8d9fd8a4501b30d97fbee61c 23593748 SIG
Windows x86-64 MSI installer Windows for AMD64/EM64T/x64, not Itanium processors fe34764ad0027d01176eb1b321dd20c5 14503936 SIG
Windows x86 MSI installer Windows 6c62c123d248a48dccbaa4d3edc12680 14173184 SIG