WIP: PyPy v7.3.1: release of 2.7, 3.6, and 3.7alpha

The PyPy team is proud to release the version 7.3.1 of PyPy, which includes three different interpreters:

  • PyPy2.7, which is an interpreter supporting the syntax and the features of Python 2.7 including the stdlib for CPython 2.7.13
  • PyPy3.6: which is an interpreter supporting the syntax and the features of Python 3.6, including the stdlib for CPython 3.6.9.

The interpreters are based on much the same codebase, thus the multiple release. This is a micro release, no APIs have changed since the 7.3.0 release in December, but read on to find out what is new.

We have worked with the python packaging group to support tooling around building third party packages for python, so this release updates the pip and setuptools installed when executing pypy -mensurepip to pip>=20. This completes the work done to update the PEP 425 python tag from pp373 to mean “PyPy 7.3 running python3” to pp36 meaning “PyPy running python 3.6” (the format is recommended in the PEP). The tag itself was changed in 7.3.0, but older pip versions build their own tag without querying pypy. This means that wheels built for the previous tag format will not be discovered by pip from this version, so library authors should update their PyPY-specific wheels on PyPI.

Development of PyPy is transitioning to https://foss.heptapod.net/pypy/pypy. This move was covered more extensively in the blog post from last month.

The CFFI backend has been updated to version 14.0. We recommend using CFFI rather than c-extensions to interact with C, and using cppyy for performant wrapping of C++ code for Python. The cppyy backend has been enabled experimentally for win32, try it out and let use know how it works.

Enabling cppyy requires a more modern C compiler, so win32 is now built with MSVC160 (Visual Studio 2019). This is true for PyPy 3.6 as well as for 2.7.

Conda Forge now supports PyPy as a python interpreter. The support right now is only partial, as this release is needed to build many more c-extension-based packages to be successfully built and uploaded. This is the result of alot of hard work and good will on the part of the Conda Forge team. A big shout out to them for taking this on.

We have improved warmup time by up to 20%, performance of io.StringIO to match if not be faster than CPython, and improved JIT code generation for generators (and generator expressions in particual) when passing them to functions like sum, map, and map that consume them.

As always, this release fixed several issues and bugs raised by the growing community of PyPy users. We strongly recommend updating. Many of the fixes are the direct result of end-user bug reports, so please continue reporting issues as they crop up.

You can find links to download the v7.3.1 releases here:

We would like to thank our donors for the continued support of the PyPy project. If PyPy is not quite good enough for your needs, we are available for direct consulting work.

We would also like to thank our contributors and encourage new people to join the project. PyPy has many layers and we need help with all of them: PyPy and RPython documentation improvements, tweaking popular modules to run on pypy, or general help with making RPython’s JIT even better. Since the previous release, we have accepted contributions from 3 new contributors, thanks for pitching in.

If you are a python library maintainer and use c-extensions, please consider making a cffi / cppyy version of your library that would be performant on PyPy. In any case both cibuildwheel and the multibuild system support building wheels for PyPy wheels.

What is PyPy?

PyPy is a very compliant Python interpreter, almost a drop-in replacement for CPython 2.7, 3.6, and now 3.7. It’s fast (PyPy and CPython 2.7.x performance comparison) due to its integrated tracing JIT compiler.

We also welcome developers of other dynamic languages to see what RPython can do for them.

This PyPy release supports:

  • x86 machines on most common operating systems (Linux 32/64 bits, Mac OS X 64 bits, Windows 32 bits, OpenBSD, FreeBSD)
  • big- and little-endian variants of PPC64 running Linux,
  • s390x running Linux
  • 64-bit ARM machines running Linux.

Unfortunately at the moment of writing our ARM buildbots are out of service, so for now we are not releasing any binaries for the ARM architecture (32 bit), although PyPy does support ARM 32 bit processors.


Changes shared across versions

  • We now package and ship the script to rebuild all the stdlib helper modules that on CPython are written as c-extensions and in PyPy use CFFI. These are located in lib_pypy, and the build script in lib_pypy/tools.
  • Implement CPython 16055: Fixes incorrect error text for int('1', base=1000).
  • Handle NaN correctly in array.array.
  • Fix issue 3137: rsplit of unicode strings that end with a non-ascii char was broken
  • Fix issue 3140: add $dist_name to include path when using setup.py install
  • Fix issue 3146: using a jsonDict as an instance __dict__ would segfault
  • Fix issue 3144: using wch in the curses CFFI module
  • Fix issue 3149 which is related to the still-open CPython issue 12029 around Exceptions, metaclasses, __instancecheck__ and __subclasscheck__
  • Fix a corner case in multibytecodec: for stateful codecs, when encoding fails and we use replacement, the replacement string must be written in the output preserving the state.
  • Correct mistake in position when handling errors in unicode formatting
  • Add __rsub__, __rand__ and __ror__, __rxor__ operations to set and frozenset objects
  • Fix bug in locale-specific string formatting: the thousands separator was always '.'
  • Fix issue 3065 (again!): segfault in mmap
  • rstruct.runpack should align for next read
  • Fix issue 3155: virtualenv on win32 installs into Scripts, not bin
  • Add Python3.6 socket constants, they will be exposed in pypy2.7 as well
  • Use better green keys for non-standard jitdrivers to make sure that e.g. generators are specialized based on their code object
  • Improve warmup speed of PyPy by around ~5-20%
    • a few minor tweaks in the interpreter
    • since tracing guards is super costly, work harder at not emitting too many guard_not_invalidated while tracing
    • optimize quasi_immut during tracing
    • optimize loopinvariant calls during tracing
    • a small optimization around non-standard virtualizables during tracing
  • Fix off-by-one error and rework system calls to _get_tzname on win32
  • Fix issue 3134: non-ascii filenames on win32
  • Fix app-level bufferable classes, related to getting the CFFI backend to pyzmq working
  • Improve performance of io.StringIO(). It should now be faster than CPython in common use cases
  • Fix bug in PyCode.__eq__: the compiler contains careful logic to make sure that it doesn’t unify things like 0.0 and -0.0 (they are equal, but the sign still shouldn’t be dropped)
  • Speed up integer parsing with some fast paths for common cases
  • Add __pypy__.utf8content to return the raw content of a Unicode object (for debugging)
  • Update pip and setuptools in ensurepip to 20.0.2 and 44.0.0 respectively

C-API (cpyext) and c-extensions

  • Fix more of issue 3141 : use Py_TYPE(op) instead of (ob)->ob_type in our header files
  • Partially resync pyport.h with CPython and add many missing constants

Python 3.6 only

  • Fix for CPython 30891: deadlock import detection causes deadlocks
  • Don’t swallow the UnicodeDecodeError in one corner case (fixes issue 3132)
  • Follow CPython’s behaviour more closely in sqlite3
  • Fix issue 3136: On windows, os.putenv() cannot have a key with '=' in it.
  • More closely follow CPython’s line number output in disassembly of constants
  • Don’t give a new error message if metaclass is actually type
  • Improve fcntl’s handling of errors in functions that do not retry
  • Re-implement BUILD_LIST_FROM_ARG as a fast path
  • Fix issue 3159: venv should copy directories, not just files
  • Add missing MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET to config_vars for Darwin
  • Fix for path-as- memoryview on win32
  • Fix issue 3166: Obscure ordering-of-which-error-to-report-first
  • Improve the performance of str.join. This helps both lists (in some situations) and iterators, but the latter is helped more. Some speedups of >50% when using some other iterator
  • Remove __PYVENV_LAUNCHER__ from os.environ during startup on Darwin

Python 3.6 C-API

  • Fix issue 3160: include structseq.h in Python.h (needed for PyStructSequence_InitType2 in NumPy)
  • Fix issue 3165: surrogates in PyUnicode_FromKindAndData
  • Add PyDescr_TYPE, PyDescr_NAME.