Download Python 2.4 Documentation (30 November 2004)

To download an archive containing all the documents for this version of Python in one of various formats, follow one of links in this table. The numbers in the table are the size of the download files in Kilobytes.

Content Format
HTML 3664K   1358K
PDF (US-Letter) 4189K   4127K
PDF (A4) 4169K   4105K
PostScript (US-Letter) 2268K   1654K
PostScript (A4) 2274K   1660K
GNU info     910K
iSilo 1735K    
LaTeX 1643K 1426K 1135K

There's also a compiled HTML Help version (3672K) of the documentation available.


These archives contain the following documents:

The HTML bundle also contain the Global Module Index, which contains direct links to the documentation for all the modules documented in the Python Library Reference and Macintosh Modules Reference.

These documents are not available for download individually.


Unix users should download the .tar.bz2 or .tgz archives; these are bzipped (or gzipped) tar archives and can be handled in the usual way using tar and the bzip2 or GNU gzip program. The InfoZIP unzip program can be used to handle the ZIP archives if desired. Note that the .tar.bz2 archives provide the best compression and fastest download times.

Windows users can use the ZIP archives since those are customary on that platform. These are created on Unix using the InfoZIP zip program. They may be unpacked using the free WiZ tool (from the InfoZIP developers) or the proprietary WinZip 7.0 tool. Many other tools for handling ZIP archives are available; any of them should work. WinZip can also handle the gzipped tar archives if needed, but be careful that the filenames may be mangled if you download these using a Web browser.

Note that the .tar.bz2 files are smaller than the other archives; Windows users may want to install the bzip2 tools on their systems as well. Windows binaries for a command-line tool are available at The bzip2 and libbzip2 official home page. For a more typical Windows graphical application, take a look at PowerArchiver. The bzip2 tools are free, but PowerArchiver is shareware.


Printing PDFs using Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0: Adobe has reportedly admitted that there is a bug in Acrobat Reader 5.0 which causes it not to print at least some PDF files generated by pdfTeX. This software is used to produce the PDF version of the Python documentation, and our documents definately trigger this bug in Acrobat Reader. To print the PDF files, use ghostscript, or xpdf, or a newer version of Adobe Acrobat.

Slow and aborted downloads: It has been reported that some versions of the MacOS IP stack stall when downloading large files. This problem only appears sporadically; if you have difficulties retrieving any of these files under MacOS, please be patient and try again later. The problems are supposed to be corrected in MacOS 9. (For more information, see Apple's Technical Note for Mac OS 9; in particular, see the third bulleted item under "Open Transport 2.5" near the end.)

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