PyPy v7.3.12: release of python 2.7, 3.9, and 3.10


This is a pre-release announcement. When the release actually happens, it will be announced on the PyPy blog

The PyPy team is proud to release version 7.3.12 of PyPy. This release includes a new string-to-int algorithm (also appearing in CPython 3.12) that is faster than the older one; support for symlinks in Windows; and our first Python3.10 version.

The release 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 2.7.18+ (the + is for backported security updates)
  • PyPy3.9, which is an interpreter supporting the syntax and the features of Python 3.9, including the stdlib for CPython 3.9.16.
  • PyPy3.10, which is an interpreter supporting the syntax and the features of Python 3.10, including the stdlib for CPython 3.10.11. This is our first release of 3.10, but based on past experience we are quite confident in its compatibility with upstream. Of course, we recommend testing your code with this new version before putting it into production. Note it does require at least cython 0.29.35 or cython 3.0.0b3

The interpreters are based on much the same codebase, thus the multiple release. This is a micro release, all APIs are compatible with the other 7.3 releases. It follows after 7.3.11 release on Dec 29, 2022

We recommend updating. You can find links to download the v7.3.12 releases here:

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For all versions

  • Update vendored version of pycparser
  • Update to ssl 1.1.1t, 3.0.8 when embedding libraries


  • Allow creating ctypes.py_object() on a weakref (issue 3883)
  • Add memory pressure for malloc allocations in _ssl, fix OpenSSL context use
  • Pair OpenSSL allocation calls better with free calls in _ssl (issue 3887)
  • Only define SO in sysconfig if imp.get_suffixes() has imp.C_EXTENSION
  • Fix wrong assert in intutils, it should be an InvalidLoop instead (issue 3892:_)
  • export PyDescr_NewGetSet and define PyDescr_TYPE, PyDescr_NAME
  • space.index(W_Bool) should return an int, not a bool (issue 3906)
  • Skip cpython pickling of range
  • Support loading c-extension modules with both powerpc64le-linux-gnu and ppc_64-linux-gnu platform tags (issue 3834)
  • Fix various cases where a mutating __index__ method could crash the interpreter (issue 3917)
  • Use C99 NAN for Py_NAN

Speedups and enhancements

  • Do less string copies in the bytecode compiler
  • Add missing CJK range in unicodedata version 13
  • Implement the base 10 string-to-int conversion using a divide an conquer algorithm with complexity O(n**1.58). The algorithm is due to Bjorn Martinsson and is part of CPython 3.12.

Python 3.9+


  • Fix corner case when computing __main__.__file__ (issue 3881)
  • Fix misnamed function (issue 3874)
  • Disallow pickle of staticmethod, classmethod, and DirEntry
  • Make sure that the max stackdepth is observed in method calls
  • Fix utf-16 and utf-32 errorhandler replacement logic: if the replacement is bytes. those are just copied to the output
  • Fix the problems of
  • Fix str_decode_raw_unicode_escape for the case of \\, which was incorrectly special-cased.
  • Forbid null bytes in pwd.getpwnam
  • Use r_longlong math in nanosecond time for perf_counter on windows (issue 3890)
  • Fix for tuple.contains(obj) using item == obj (bpo-37648)
  • Allow indexing with a class with a __index__ method
  • Implement __copy__ and __deepcopy__ for zlib (de)compressors
  • Fix weirdness about combining annotations and a global declaration of a name in some random function (issue 3925)
  • Fix wrong implementation of _copy_base for slices of n-dimensional buffers (issue 3520)
  • Trim the scope ID from IPV6 addresses (issue 3938, reversing the decision in issue 3628)
  • Add _hashlib.scrypt (issue 3921)
  • Properly create a C-level wrapper that calls tp_finalize when __del__ is called, which allows us to use CYTHON_USE_TP_FINALIZE in cython
  • Move hpy.dist-info to hpy-0.0.4.dist-info (issue 3579)

Speedups and enhancements

  • Speed up nametuple _replace by code generation (issue 3884)
  • Correct exception on positional arguments, while supporting empty namedtuple (?) at the same time
  • Implement os.symlink and os.readlink on windows
  • Fix os.mkdir for unicode handling via teaching rposix about utf-8 paths, which could lead to removing the last vestiges of unicode from rpython.
  • Refactor os.remove/os.unlink to take symlink into account on windows
  • Increment macosx-version-min to 10.9
  • space.newlong returns a W_LongObject on pypy3, where there is no observable applevel difference between W_IntObject and W_LongObject
  • Provide _PyEval_GetAsyncGenFirstiter and _PyEval_GetAsyncGenFinalizer for use by cython, towards fixing issue 3280
  • Squeeze a little more accuracy out of windows time.time(), to make a cython test pass