We're hiring!

Now that we’re part of Anaconda, we’re growing the team so that we can do more, faster :-)

Right now we’re looking for a senior engineer with lots of experience in backend stuff, but an interest in working across the full stack from obscure kernel wrangling, custom Linux container-based virtualization, Django and Flask on the mid-tier, up to TypeScript and React on the front end. There’s even a (tiny) bit of Lua thrown in there.

We’re an Extreme Programming team so you’ll be pairing with other team members from day one. All work is remote (bar occasional team meetups), and we can currently hire people based in the UK or in Germany.

There’s more detailed information about the role on the official Anaconda jobs board, and you can also apply there – or you can also drop us a line at jobs@pythonanywhere.com.

Slightly late announcement of latest updates

Updated on 25 August 2022 (US) and 9 August 2022 (EU)!

Here is a slightly delayed (and short) run-down of the new stuff that we deployed recently.

The main addition for this update is a new system image. It’s name is “haggis” and it has Python 3.10! There are also a number of new Python packages installed. See our batteries included page for a full list. There are also many new system libraries installed. You can learn about system images and how to change yours here.

We have also:

  • Updated Jupyter notebooks - updated notebooks are only available when you are running the new “haggis” system image
  • Fixed a number of security issues
  • Fixed various bugs

Our Commitment to Providing Free Accounts

Managing fraud and abuse of free products is a challenge that nearly every SaaS company contends with, but too often the perceived solution is to simply end free accounts. We’ve seen this happen time and again across the open-source ecosystem, most recently from Heroku, and we fear this comes at the detriment of the community.

We believe we’ve found a better way to solve this problem and are therefore committed to maintaining free PythonAnywhere accounts for the foreseeable future. Yes, this does cost us money and we do need to handle fraud and abuse, but over the 10 years we’ve been running we’ve found that the benefits to the community and to the service itself outweigh the costs.

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We are hiring!

As you probably already know, PythonAnywhere is now part of the Anaconda family! As we expected Anaconda’s investment in PythonAnywhere will allow us to expand and improve to better serve our users. So we’re starting to grow our team, and first time since 2014 we’re officially hiring! If you are an experienced frontend developer who wants to get their feet wet with the backend stuff, we might be looking for you.

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Anaconda Acquisition FAQs

In June 2022, Anaconda announced its acquisition of PythonAnywhere. This acquisition expands Python team collaboration in the cloud and adds capabilities designed to unite teams and create access to more robust cloud resources. We’ve compiled the following list of frequently asked questions to aid users in navigating the transition. – Will this affect my PythonAnywhere account? For now, it won’t! There are no plans to change PythonAnywhere user accounts, and you can continue to use yours as usual without interruption.

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File storage security update

Last Wednesday, a security researcher working under our bug bounty program found a way that they could access one account’s file storage from another by using the “Dirty Pipe” Linux kernel vulnerability. We put a mitigation system in place to stop that from happening, and then on Thursday we were able to patch the underlying issue. On Friday, another researcher found a similar issue, which the mitigation system we’d put in place originally made relatively harmless – we were able to patch that one within minutes.

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Accessing the files API using our new CLI tool

The new release of the pythonanywhere helper scripts package introduces new commands covering our files API.

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More secure websites on PythonAnywhere: sunsetting TLS 1.0 and 1.1

As of this week, websites hosted on PythonAnywhere using HTTPS will only be accessible using modern versions of TLS (the encryption protocol on which HTTPS is based) by default. This will make them all more secure.

We can still support older versions of TLS for custom domains if you need to support them, but you’ll need to get in touch with us to get it set up.

We’ve written a help page with the background – please let us know in the comments if there’s anything confusing there!

Understanding multiple web workers and multiple users of your website

Over the years, we’ve found that one regular source of confusion for people who are just getting started with web development is how to handle what we call “global state”. We’ve written a help page explaining how to solve problems like this and wanted to expand on it here.

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Our October system update

On 6 October we upgraded our EU-based systems to the latest version of our platform, and today, 20 October, we did the same upgrade on our US-based system. There are a bunch of changes to report!

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