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Growth in Python Project Popularity

I’ve been wondering how many downloads the popular Python projects receive. The Python wiki’s MostPopularPythonProjects page is out of date – from 2004 (and annoyingly I can’t log in to edit it).

I followed up on the project links and have new download statistics. Each project is hosted at SourceForge, the numerical link goes to SourceForge’s statistics.

Since March 2004 these figures suggest a tripling for NumPy and a doubling for wxPython, jython, py2exe and mysql-python – great growth!

The Python wiki also states that in March 2004 Python-2.3.3.exe had 60K downloads. Looking at the December 2007 Python.org download stats we can see that /ftp/python/2.5.1/python-2.5.1.msi has 511,104 downloads.

Assuming March 2004 was a representative month for Windows, this shows almost a 10-fold growth in Windows downloads in 3.5 years.

I’m glad to be a part of such a strong group which covers so many varied areas – kudos to the PSF and all who help in the community.

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