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Python 2.4.3

Release Date: April 15, 2006

We are pleased to announce the release of Python 2.4.3 (final), a bugfix release of Python 2.4, on March 29, 2006.

Python 2.4 is now in bugfix-only mode; no new features are being added. At least 50 bugs have been squashed since Python 2.4.2, including a number of bugs and potential bugs found by Coverity. See the detailed release notes for more details.

This is a final build, and is suitable for production use.

For more information on the new features of Python 2.4 see the 2.4 highlights or consult Andrew Kuchling's What's New In Python for a more detailed view.

Please see the separate bugs page for known issues and the bug reporting procedure.

See also the license

Download the release


For x86 processors: Python-2.4.3.msi

For Win64-Itanium users: Python-2.4.3.ia64.msi

This installer allows for automated installation and many other new features.

To use these installers, the Windows system must support Microsoft Installer 2.0. Just save the installer file to your local machine and then run it to find out if your machine supports MSI.

Windows XP and later already have MSI; many older machines will already have MSI installed.

If your machine lacks Microsoft Installer, you'll have to download it freely from Microsoft for Windows 95, 98 and Me and for Windows NT 4.0 and 2000.

Windows users may also be interested in Mark Hammond's pywin32 package, available from Sourceforge. pywin32 adds a number of Windows-specific extensions to Python, including COM support and the Pythonwin IDE.


For MacOS X 10.3 and later: Universal-MacPython-2.4.3-2006-04-07.dmg.

The Universal MacPython 2.4.3 image contains an installer for python 2.4.3 that works on Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later, on both PPC and Intel Macs. The compiled libraries include both bsddb and readline.

Other platforms

gzip-compressed source code: python-2.4.3.tgz

bzip2-compressed source code: python-2.4.3.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-2.4.3.tgz (or bzcat Python-2.4.3.tar.bz2 | tar -xf -). Change to the Python-2.4.3 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.

What's New?

  • See the highlights of the Python 2.4 release.
  • Andrew Kuchling's What's New in Python 2.4 describes the most visible changes since Python 2.3 in more detail.
  • A detailed list of the changes in 2.4.3 can be found in the release notes, or the Misc/NEWS file in the source distribution.
  • For the full list of changes, you can poke around in Subversion.


The documentation has also been updated:

Files, MD5 checksums, signatures and sizes

edf994473a8c1a963aaa71e442b285b7 Python-2.4.3.tgz (9348239 bytes, signature)

141c683447d5e76be1d2bd4829574f02 Python-2.4.3.tar.bz2 (8005915 bytes, signature)

ab946459d7cfba4a8500f9ff8d35cc97 python-2.4.3.msi (9688576 bytes, signature)

9a06d08854ddffc85d8abd11f3c2acc2 python-2.4.3.ia64.msi (8121856 bytes, signature)

a12df188bfa39572d7de1f6be5579124 Universal-MacPython-2.4.3-2006-04-07.dmg (16608269 bytes, signature)

The signatures above were generated with GnuPG using release manager Anthony Baxter's public key which has a key id of 6A45C816.

Full Changelog


Version Operating System Description MD5 Sum File Size GPG
Gzipped source tarball Source release 46f68a5d5936fa09a6a9b5c85403d0fe 37.5 MB SIG
bzip2 compressed source tarball Source release 141c683447d5e76be1d2bd4829574f02 7.6 MB SIG
Windows help file Windows 39ffc79b9a775b12f8cf785a395b3ddd 3.6 MB SIG
Windows x86 MSI installer Windows 9a06d08854ddffc85d8abd11f3c2acc2 7.7 MB SIG