We are pleased to announce the release of Python 2.4.4 (FINAL), a bugfix release of Python 2.4, on October 18, 2006.
Important: 2.4.4 includes a security fix (PSF-2006-001) for the repr() of unicode strings in wide unicode builds (UCS-4)
Python 2.4 is now in bugfix-only mode; no new features are being added. At least 80 bugs have been squished since Python 2.4.3, including a number of bugs and potential bugs found by with the Coverity and Klocwork static analysis tools. We'd like to offer our thanks to both these firms for making this available for open source projects - see their websites if you're interested.
See the detailed release notes for more details.
Python 2.5 is the latest release of Python. This release of the older 2.4 code is to provide bug fixes for people who are still using Python 2.4. This is the last planned release in the Python 2.4 series - future maintenance releases of Python will be in the 2.5 series, starting of course with 2.5.1.
This is a final release, and is suitable for production use. There was one change since the release candidate. This fixed a problem with cross- compiling Python that was introduced between 2.4.3 and 2.4.4c1.
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-2.4.4.msi
For Win64-Itanium users: python-2.4.4.ia64.msi
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.
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: python-2.4.4-macosx2006-10-18.dmg. This is a Universal installer.
The Universal OS X image contains an installer for python 2.4.4 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.
gzip-compressed source code: python-2.4.4.tgz
bzip2-compressed source code: python-2.4.4.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-2.4.4.tgz (or bzcat Python-2.4.4.tar.bz2 | tar -xf -). Change to the Python-2.4.4 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.
- 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 2.4.4 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: