Installation Support for ActivePython

Installation Problems and FAQs for ActivePython

Cant find program anywhere after installation on my Mac

After installing ActivePyhon on my Mac OS Sierra v. 10.12.3, I can't find it anywhere. No trace in the Launchpad, and the folder in install location: /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework doesn't even exist. I did not get any error while installing and all seemed to be going smoothly. That is until I can't find it, that is.

Hope anyone can help a new member of the ActiveState community

Installed x86 but pypm missing?

I installed the current community version of ActivePython 2.7 from the download page today. When I try and run "pypm" I get the following message "pypm is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."

pypm supposedly should be located in the c:\Python27\Scripts folder however it is not there. pip and easy-install are there but not pypm. I have reinstalled several times and rebooted etc.

Not sure what else to try here.

new install of Komodo IDE * Active Python

I installed Active Python from: (ActivePython-, and Komodo from: (Komodo-IDE-10.1.4-89515), but trying to setup this python as the Interpreter in the IDE fails,
The chosen Python has version 3.4 which will not work as a Python Interpreter.

I am trying for a matching 64-bit install on each.

Using the python36 version from seems to work fine.

Newbie Install Issue with Python 2.7


Completely newbie to Python, I thought I was making good progress with Active Python...

I had Python2.7 installed and working. I hadn't used it for a couple of weeks and now whenever I click on the IDLE icon on my desktop, nothing happens. I have un-installed and re-installed from the msi file, no change. I have un-installed and re-installed from command line as administrator - no change. I have tried to run as Administrator. Nothing. If I look in Windows Task Manager, I don't even see anything appear.

The Python Interactive Shell works fine

can you install python 3 alongside activepython 3 in 64-bit win 7?

I'd like to have both the version of python 3 and activepython running on my 64-bit windows 7 machine. Is this possible? (currently I have 32-bit activepython installed (as the tcl interpeter is corrupt in 64-bit activepython), and before I install the version I'd like to know whether its' safe. Thanks.

TkInter not working in fresh install of Python 2.7 on Windows 10

After installing ActivePython- on a fresh copy of Windows 10, TkInter python fails to initialise with

File "C:\Python27\lib\lib-tk\", line 1814, in __init__ = _tkinter.create(screenName, baseName, className, interactive, wantobjects, useTk, sync, use)
_tkinter.TclError: Can't find a usable init.tcl in the following directories:
C:/Python27/lib/tcl8.5 C:/lib/tcl8.5 C:/lib/tcl8.5 C:/library C:/library C:/tcl8.5.18/library C:/tcl8.5.18/library

Python 'turtle' script can't locate usable init.tcl

When I try to execute a simple turtle script I get the following error: "can't find a usable init.tcl in
C:/python34/lib/tcl8.6 C:/lib/tcl8.6 C:/lib/tcl8.6 C:/library C:/library C:/tcl8.6.1/library C:/tcl8.6.1/library."

I did the default ActiveState Python install, but none of these directories exist. (There is, however, a pyhton34/tcl subdirectory) There is a copy of init.tcl in python34/tcl/tcl8.6. Can someone tell me how to re-direct python to find the init.tcl?

Cannot use Tix with ActivePython for Mac OSX (Mavericks)


When I tried to do the following:

from tkinter import tix
from tkinter.constants import *
root = tix.Tk()

I get the following error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.4/lib/python3.4/tkinter/", line 221, in __init__'package require Tix')
_tkinter.TclError: can't find package Tix

Is there anyway to use Tix on MacOSX? There are no problems using Tix on WIndows 7 version.

Known Issue Workaround: Python 3.4.1 Windows 64-bit IDLE (Python GUI) to fail to run

Symptoms: IDLE (Python GUI) fails to start from START Menu

Run IDLE (Python GUI) from START menu and get Window flash but nothing else. IDLE fails to start in a ActiveState Python 3.4.1 installation.

However, the Python Interactive shell runs properly from the START menu.


This is a Windows 7 64-bit installation.

I installed ActivePython- (community edition) that was downloaded directly from the web site.

Ultimately, I installed from an Administrator privileged command line window using the msiexec /i command.

Python 2.7 should not install to windows system directory

Would it be possible to create a version of the Python 2.7 directory that doesn't install the Python27.dll into the c:\windows\system directory. It makes it harder to have other Python distributions installed on the same machine.