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Python 2.0.1

Release Date: June 22, 2001

We're releasing Python 2.0.1 - the final bugfix release for Python 2.0.

Why would we come with a bugfix release now (June 2001), when Python 2.0 was released in October 2000 and Python 2.1 has been released for months (April 2001)? Two very good reasons!

  • We've fixed the license: Python 2.0.1 is GPL-compatible. We took the Python 2.1 license and applied the required change to section 7 that the FSF told us would suffice to make it GPL-compatible. The result (after changing the version number) is the new Python 2.0.1 license. The FSF was quick to approve it!
  • Some people still prefer Python 2.0 over Python 2.1; they can now benefit from many bugfixes that we've applied since 2.0 was released, without any of the feature changes.

Note that Python 2.1 is still not GPL-compatible, but we're planning a bugfix release there too, Python 2.1.1, with the same GPL-compatible license.

What's New?

  • We've been very careful to fix only bugs and not add new features. (Thanks to Moshe Zadka for taking care of the thankless chore of poring over the CVS logs and SourceForge bug reports and re-applying selected patches!)
  • One exception: the SRE package (regular expression matching, used by the "re" module) was brought in line with the version distributed with Python 2.1; this is stable feature-wise but much improved bug-wise.
  • For the full scoop, see the release notes.

Download the release

Windows users should download Python-2.0.1.exe, the Windows installer, from one of the download locations below, run it, and follow the friendly instructions on the screen to complete the installation. ( is a set of DLLs for Windows developers compiled in debug mode; it contains nothing of value for regular Python users.) Windows users may also be interested in Mark Hammond's win32all, a collection of Windows-specific extensions including COM support and Pythonwin, an IDE built using Windows components.

All others should download Python-2.0.1.tgz, the source tarball, from one of the download locations below, and do the usual "gunzip; tar; configure; make" dance.

Download locations

MD5 checksums

8aa10dcf062723001b852d96e905af79 Python-2.0.1.tgz

5940b6eea8972136f8e365346f1b1313 Python-2.0.1.exe



The documentation has been changed minimally:

Bugs and Patches

To report a bug, always use the SourceForge Bug Tracker. If you have a patch, please use the SourceForge Patch Manager. Please mention that you are reporting a bug in 2.0.1!

Full Changelog


Version Operating System Description MD5 Sum File Size GPG
Gzipped source tarball Source release eba86a416f8e8ab682544aade7d0cc27 16.8 MB
Windows debug information files Windows 0a8506c7379a2efdc95759ecbc8f16a0 1.7 MB
Windows installer Windows 5940b6eea8972136f8e365346f1b1313 5.6 MB