What is MacPython?

MacPython is the port of Guido van Rossum's Python high-level object-oriented programming language to the Mac. MacPython is available for Mac OS X but also for Mac OS 9 or earlier.


  • April 2, 2004 MacPython 2.3.3 for Jaguar and MacPython-OS9 2.3.3 have finally been released, thanks to the Python Software Foundation paying for an Installer Vise license.
  • November 7, 2003 A new installer of the MacPython 2.3 for Panther addons is available. This second build allows you to install the full Python documentation, and fixes an IDE startup problem.
  • October 24, 2003: Mac OS X 10.3 ships, with most of MacPython 2.3 included! Read more about it on the MacPython on OSX page, or jump straight in and download the MacPython 2.3 for Panther addons which adds the Package Manager and the IDE to your Panther machine.
  • August 1, 2003: MacPython-OS9 2.3 has been released. 2.3 is going to be the final OS9 release, unless someone steps up soon who is willing to take over the project.
  • July 30, 2003: MacPython 2.3 has been released for Mac OS X 10.2.
  • July 30, 2003: the MacPython website has been restructured and redesigned completely. Please report any problems you encounter. For a while the old site is still available in case any information is missing.

Python is freely distributable and available in source form too. The motherlode of information on Python is the website, www.python.org, and the ftp site, ftp.python.org. There you will find introductory material, documentation, the Python newsgroup comp.lang.python and the associated mailing list, the Python Software Activity, Python Special Interest Groups and much more.

New to MacPython?

If this is your first enounter with MacPython you should check out the Introduction to MacPython section first, which should give you an idea what Python is all about and what you can expect to get when you install MacPython.

Where Next?

The top navigation bar allows you to quickly go to a specific section of the website. The left navigation bar gives quick access to pages related to the page you are currently viewing, or quick access to popular pages.

The Special Topics section is still incomplete, feedback on topics to cover is explicitly requested.