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Python 2.6.1

Release Date: Dec. 4, 2008

Python 2.6.1 was released on December 4th, 2008.

This is the first bugfix release of Python 2.6. Python 2.6 is now in bugfix-only mode; no new features are being added. Dozens of bugs that were reported since the release of 2.6 final have been fixed.

See the detailed release notes for more details.

  • 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 2.6.1 Released: 04-Dec-2008


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

MD5 checksums and sizes of the released files:

52b3d421f42bacfdcaf55f56c0ff9be4  13046455  Python-2.6.1.tgz
e81c2f0953aa60f8062c05a4673f2be0  10960385  Python-2.6.1.tar.bz2
9ed57add157ce069c0f8584f11b77991  14481408  python-2.6.1.msi
ece88acad43e854587a46aaa8a070c9c  14803456  python-2.6.1.amd64.msi
ea72cc669a33d266c34aa9ef5d660933  23986137  python-2.6.1-macosx2008-12-06.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 were 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.


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
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Gzipped source tarball Source release e45fa12c1ab2c23532741ad34a947c75 57067520 SIG
Mac OS X installer Mac OS X ea72cc669a33d266c34aa9ef5d660933 23986137 SIG
Windows x86-64 MSI installer Windows for AMD64/EM64T/x64, not Itanium processors ece88acad43e854587a46aaa8a070c9c 14803456 SIG
Windows x86 MSI installer Windows 9ed57add157ce069c0f8584f11b77991 14481408 SIG