Google Cloud funds Python projects


has donated $350,000 to the Python Software Foundation, with the goals of aiding CPython development, improving foundational Python tools, and beefing up the security of the Python package ecosystem.

Three specific projects will be supported by the donation, Google Cloud said on February 11. These include:

  • Productionized malware detection for the PyPI (Python Package Index) repo of software for Python. Google Cloud uses the index to distribute hundreds of client libraries and developer tools, including the .
  • Improvements for foundational Python services and tools.
  • A CPython developer-in-residence for this year, who will work full-time to help the CPython project prioritize maintenance and address a backlog. CPython is the of the language.

Google Cloud also has recommitted an in-kind donation of Google Cloud infrastructure to the foundation. Also, the now offers a new public dataset of PyPI download statistics and project metadata, which is updated in real-time. Google Cloud account holders can query these datasets with the or , which provide as much as 1TB of free data queries monthly.

Google Cloud said in a that Python was “critically important” to Google Cloud and customers, serving as a popular runtime for many hosted services, from the launched more than a decade ago to the more recent serverless products including .

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