We are pleased to announce Python 2.3.7 (final), a bugfix release of Python 2.3, on March 11, 2008.
Python 2.3 is now well and truly in bugfix-only mode; no new features are being added, and only security critical bugs have been fixed. This release addresses a number of cases interpreter might have crashed in certain boundary conditions.
See the detailed release notes for more details.
Since the release candidate, we received various reports that the this release may fail to build on current operating systems, in particular on OS X. We have made no attempt to fix these problems, as the release is targeted for systems that were current at the time Python 2.3 was originally released. For more recent systems, you might have to come up with work-arounds. For OS X in particular, try invoking:
Please see the separate bugs page for known issues and the bug reporting procedure.
See also the license
Download the release
As noted, python.org is not providing binary installers for 2.3.7. Windows and Mac OS X users who cannot compile their own versions should continue to use the 2.3.5 installers. These installers are not vulnerable to PSF-2006-001.
gzip-compressed source code: Python-2.3.7.tgz
bzip2-compressed source code: Python-2.3.7.tar.bz2, the source archive.
The bzip2-compressed version is considerably smaller, so get that one if your system has the appropriate tools to deal with it.
Unpack the archive with tar -zxvf Python-2.3.7.tgz (or bzcat Python-2.3.7.tar.bz2 | tar -xf -). Change to the Python-2.3.7 directory and run the "./configure", "make", "make install" commands to compile and install Python. The source archive is also suitable for Windows users who feel the need to build their own version.
- See the highlights of the Python 2.3 release.
- Andrew Kuchling's What's New in Python 2.3 describes the most visible changes since Python 2.2 in more detail.
- A detailed list of the changes in 2.3.7 can be found in the release notes, or the Misc/NEWS file in the source distribution. This is a very short list - only security fixes have been included.
- For the full list of changes, you can poke around in Subversion.
The documentation for 2.3.5 is still current for this release.