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Python 2.6.8

Release Date: April 10, 2012

Python 2.6 is now in security-fix-only mode; no new features are being added, and no new bug fix releases are planned. We intend to provide source-only security fixes for the Python 2.6 series until October 2013 (five years after the 2.6 final release). For ongoing maintenance releases, please see the Python 2.7 series. The NEWS file lists every change in each alpha, beta, and release candidate of Python 2.6.

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

MD5 checksums and sizes of the released files:

f6c1781f5d73ab7dfa5181f43ea065f6  13282574  Python-2.6.8.tgz
c6e0420a21d8b23dee8b0195c9b9a125  11127915  Python-2.6.8.tar.bz2

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 A74B06BF.


Developers on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or later may experience problems when building Python 2.6 from source, due to the adoption of multiarch support. See issue 9762 for additional details and workarounds. The version of Python 2.6 in Ubuntu itself has been appropriately patched, so the Ubuntu source package should build just fine.


The documentation has also been updated. You can browse the HTML on-line or download the HTML.

Full Changelog


Version Operating System Description MD5 Sum File Size GPG
Gzipped source tarball Source release c10862ed0fa13344252bb4ed37139177 56.5 MB SIG
bzip2 compressed source tarball Source release c6e0420a21d8b23dee8b0195c9b9a125 10.6 MB SIG