PyPy 1.8 implements Python 2.7.2 and runs on Intel x86 (IA-32) and x86_64 platforms, with ARM and PPC being underway. It supports all of the core language, passing the Python test suite (with minor modifications that were already accepted in the main python in newer versions). It supports most of the commonly used Python standard library modules. For known differences with CPython, see our compatibility page.
If you are interested in helping to move forward, see our howtohelp page.
PyPy's sandboxing is a working prototype for the idea of running untrusted user programs. Unlike other sandboxing approaches for Python, PyPy's does not try to limit language features considered “unsafe”. Instead we replace all calls to external libraries (C or platform) with a stub that communicates with an external process handling the policy.
cd pypy/pypy/translator/sandbox pypy_interact.py path/to/pypy-sandbox
You get a fully sandboxed interpreter, in its own filesystem hierarchy (try os.listdir('/')). For example, you would run an untrusted script as follows:
mkdir virtualtmp cp untrusted.py virtualtmp/ pypy_interact.py --tmp=virtualtmp pypy-sandbox /tmp/untrusted.py
Note that the path /tmp/untrusted.py is a path inside the sandboxed filesystem. You don't have to put untrusted.py in the real /tmp directory at all.
To read more about its features, try pypy_interact.py --help or go to our documentation site.
Note that there is still an important performance hit for programs using Stackless features.
PyPy has many secondary features and semi-independent projects. We will mention here:
- the .NET backend: you get a version of pypy-net that runs natively in the .NET/CLI VM. Of particular interest is the cli-jit branch, in which you can make a version of pypy-net which also contains a high-level JIT compiler (it compiles your Python programs Just in Time into CLR bytecodes, which are in turn compiled natively by the VM).
- the Java backend: PyPy can run on the Java VM, but more care is needed to finish this project. Writing a backend for our high-level JIT compiler would be excellent. Contact us!