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ActiveState Software Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Key people
Bart Copeland (CEO)
ProductsActivePerl, ActivePython, ActiveTcl, Komodo IDE
Number of employees

ActiveState Software Inc. is a Canadian software company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. It develops, sells, and supports cross-platform development tools for dynamic languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Tcl, as well as language distributions and enterprise services.

ActiveState is owned by its employees and Pender Financial Group, an investment company focused on technology and healthcare sectors in British Columbia[1] after briefly being a member of the Sophos group.


In September 2003, Sophos Plc announced the acquisition of ActiveState Corp. As part of the acquisition, ActiveState's president Steve Munford would become a member of Sophos's executive management team as Global VP Messaging.[2][3]

Sophos ownership era

In January 2006, Pender Financial Group announced on that it has entered into an agreement with Sophos, Inc. to acquire ActiveState Software Inc.[4]

In February 2006, ActiveState Software Inc. announced its acquisition by Pender Financial Group Corporation from Sophos, Inc., a subsidiary of Sophos Plc., for the purchase price of US$2,250,000. Following the acquisition, Bart Copeland would become ActiveState Software Inc.'s President and CEO, and Dr. David Ascher would become ActiveState Software Inc.'s CTO and VP of Engineering.[5] Following the sales of ActiveState to PFG, David Ascher of ActiveState revealed that Sophos agreed to sell ActiveState because developing programming tools did not fit Sophos's business model.[6]

Pender Financial Group ownership era

In October 2006, ActiveState was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, as published in Maclean's magazine, along with several other software companies.[7]

Licensing change

Somewhere around 2013 the licensing model for ActiveState products changed from paid support to paid commercial use.[8][better source needed]


  • Phenona: In June 2011, ActiveState Software Inc. announced the acquisition of Phenona.[9][10]
  • Appsecute Limited: In June 2013, ActiveState Software Inc. announced the acquisition of Appsecute.[11] The acquisition would become ActiveState's strategy to pair Appsecute with Stackato.[12]



ActiveState products include: ActiveState Komodo, an integrated development environment (IDE) for dynamic languages; Perl Dev Kit (PDK) and Tcl Dev Kit (TDK), productivity and deployment tools for Perl and Tcl programmers; and free and commercial language distributions, ActivePerl, ActivePython, and ActiveTcl for AIX, HP-UX, Linux, OS X, Solaris, and Windows.

  • Komodo 11: Features Smart and responsive autocomplete browser and overall performance symbol for faster performance.[13]
  • Komodo 12: Autocomplete becomes more reliable and activates from any position and using one click to control the package manager and execute commands directly inside the file, supporting Python (pip), PHP (Composer), Perl (PPM), Ruby (Gem), and Node.js (npm and Yarn).[14]


ActivePython is a software package consisting of the Python (programming language) implementation CPython and a set of extensions, packaged to facilitate installation.[15] As of 2006, it ran on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, AIX and HP-UX platforms.[16] ActivePython for Windows includes the PyWin32 extensions for programming with the Win32 API.[17]It also includes the integrated development environment IDLE, although this requires manual setup.[18]


In February 2012, ActiveState announced general availability of Stackato. According to the announcement, Stackato "makes it easy to develop, deploy, migrate, scale, manage, and monitor applications on any cloud", and is available in Enterprise, Micro Cloud, and Sandbox editions.[19]

In December 2012, ActiveState announced the OEM integration of Stackato with HP Cloud Services, specifically the HP Cloud Application Platform as a Service.[20] HP describes the product as "an application platform for development, deployment, and management of cloud applications using any language on any stack".[21][22]

On July 28, 2015, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. announced the acquisition of Stackato's business from ActiveState Software Inc.[23][24][25]

Enterprise CI/CD

ActiveState confirmed that its Enterprise CI / CD Survey is available to participation by 2020. Based about how businesses commonly utilize CI / CD and how they address software runtime and create issues, the study is part of ActiveState 's ongoing initiatives to promote the development of open source technology.[26]


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  2. ^ "Sophos acquires anti-spam specialist ActiveState". Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Sophos acquires anti-spam specialist ActiveState". Computerworld. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "ActiveState To Spin Out". Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "ActiveState Acquired by Employees and Pender Financial Group; Company Renews Focus on Tools and Solutions for Dynamic Languages". February 22, 2006. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "NewsForge - ActiveState reactivates". November 9, 2006. Archived from the original on November 9, 2006. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2007 Canada's Top 100 Employers". Archived from the original on August 2, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  8. ^ Dunstan, Andrew (December 4, 2013). "Andrew Dunstan's PostgreSQL and Technical blog: ActiveState make ActivePerl non-free". Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "ActiveState Acquires Perl Cloud Company, Phenona, to Accelerate Cloud Strategy". Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Clarke, Gavin (June 14, 2011). "Teen sells Perl cloud startup to ActiveState". The Register. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "ActiveState Acquires Appsecute: Private-PaaS Leader Purchases Social DevOps Solutions Provider". Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Copel, Bart (June 5, 2013). "Going Social: Why ActiveState Acquired Appsecute". Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Armstrong, Alex (September 26, 2017). "Komodo 11 With Revamped Code Intelligence". I Programmer. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  14. ^ Vaggalis, Nikos (January 23, 2020). "ActiveState Komodo IDE Now Free". I Programmer. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
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  16. ^ Martelli, Alex (2006). Python in a Nutshell. O'Reilly. p. 19.
  17. ^ Martelli, Alex; Ravenscroft, Anna; Ascher, David (2005). Python Cookbook. O'Reilly. p. 326.
  18. ^ Langtangen, Hans Petter (2013). Python Scripting for Computational Science. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 660.
  19. ^ "ActiveState Unveils Stackato 1.0, the Application Platform for Creating a Private PaaS".
  20. ^ "ActiveState Announces HP OEM Licensing Agreement for Platform as a Service with Stackato".
  21. ^ "HP Cloud Application Platform as a Service product page". Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.
  22. ^ Cohen, Reuven. "HP Unveils Cloud Application Platform Powered by ActiveState". Forbes.
  23. ^ "HP Buys ActiveState's PaaS, Stackato". InformationWeek.
  24. ^ "HP to Acquire ActiveState's Stackato Business to Help Customers Transition to Hybrid Cloud". Archived from the original on May 6, 2016.
  25. ^ "ActiveState's Stackato (Cloud Foundry & Docker Based PaaS) Acquired by HP".
  26. ^ "ActiveState Launches Enterprise CI/CD Survey 2020". yahoo! finance. May 29, 2020. Retrieved June 16, 2020.

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