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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
Gzipped source tarball Source release 117a3f75faff0bef980169f0c1b2c50a 54.3 MB SIG
bzip2 compressed source tarball Source release 837476958702cb386c657b5dba61cdc5 10.5 MB SIG
Mac OS X installer macOS 29a1a22f8d9fd8a4501b30d97fbee61c 22.5 MB SIG
Windows x86 MSI installer Windows 6c62c123d248a48dccbaa4d3edc12680 13.5 MB SIG
Windows x86-64 MSI installer Windows for AMD64/EM64T/x64 fe34764ad0027d01176eb1b321dd20c5 13.8 MB SIG