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OpenPGP Public Keys

Source and binary executables are signed by the release manager or binary builder using their
OpenPGP key. Release files for currently supported releases are signed by the following:

Release files for older releases which have now reached end-of-life may have been signed by one of the following:

You can import a person’s public keys from a public keyserver network server
you trust by running a command like:

gpg –recv-keys [key id]

or, in many cases, public keys can also be found
On the version-specific download pages, you should see a link to both the
downloadable file and a detached signature file. To verify the authenticity
of the download, grab both files and then run this command:

gpg –verify Python-3.6.2.tgz.asc

Note that you must use the name of the signature file, and you should use the
one that’s appropriate to the download you’re verifying.

  • (These instructions are geared to
    GnuPG and Unix command-line users.)

Other Useful Items

  • Looking for 3rd party Python modules? The
    Package Index has many of them.
  • You can view the standard documentation
    online, or you can download it
    in HTML, PostScript, PDF and other formats. See the main
    Documentation page.
  • Information on tools for unpacking archive files
    provided on is available.
  • Tip: even if you download a ready-made binary for your
    platform, it makes sense to also download the source.
    This lets you browse the standard library (the subdirectory Lib)
    and the standard collections of demos (Demo) and tools
    (Tools) that come with it. There’s a lot you can learn from the
  • There is also a collection of Emacs packages
    that the Emacsing Pythoneer might find useful. This includes major
    modes for editing Python, C, C++, Java, etc., Python debugger
    interfaces and more. Most packages are compatible with Emacs and

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Want to contribute? See the Python Developer’s Guide
to learn about how Python development is managed.


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