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Python 3.2.6

Release Date: Oct. 12, 2014

This is a security-fix source-only release. The last binary release was 3.2.5.

With the 3.2.6 release, and five years after its first release, the Python 3.2 series is now officially retired. All official maintenance for Python 3.2, including security patches, has ended. For ongoing maintenance releases, please see the downloads page for information about the latest Python 3 series.

The list of fixed security related issues can be found in the NEWS file.

New features of the 3.2 series, compared to 3.1

Python 3.2 is a continuation of the efforts to improve and stabilize the Python 3.x line. Since the final release of Python 2.7, the 2.x line will only receive bugfixes, and new features are developed for 3.x only.

Since PEP 3003, the Moratorium on Language Changes, is in effect, there are no changes in Python's syntax and only few changes to built-in types in Python 3.2. Development efforts concentrated on the standard library and support for porting code to Python 3. Highlights are:

  • numerous improvements to the unittest module
  • PEP 3147, support for .pyc repository directories
  • PEP 3149, support for version tagged dynamic libraries
  • PEP 3148, a new futures library for concurrent programming
  • PEP 384, a stable ABI for extension modules
  • PEP 391, dictionary-based logging configuration
  • an overhauled GIL implementation that reduces contention
  • an extended email package that handles bytes messages
  • a much improved ssl module with support for SSL contexts and certificate hostname matching
  • a sysconfig module to access configuration information
  • additions to the shutil module, among them archive file support
  • many enhancements to configparser, among them mapping protocol support
  • improvements to pdb, the Python debugger
  • countless fixes regarding bytes/string issues; among them full support for a bytes environment (filenames, environment variables)
  • many consistency and behavior fixes for numeric operations


Users of Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later may be affected by issue 18458, experiencing crashes when using the interactive interpreter. This bug is not fixed by the Python 3.2.6 release. If you are having this problem, please review your options by visiting the issue tracker.

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This is a production release. Please report any bugs you encounter.

Full Changelog


Version Operating System Description MD5 Sum File Size GPG
Gzipped source tarball Source release 23815d82ae706e9b781ca65865353d39 12.5 MB SIG
XZ compressed source tarball Source release e0ba4360dfcb4aec735e666cc0ae7b0e 8.8 MB SIG