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'Aquarium' is a Web site framework written in Python. It provides necessary toolkits, session management, and a convenient modular approach to build Web applications quickly. It offers convenient libraries and extensible APIs for tasks like session management and Web server integration (including CGI, mod_python, and FastCGI). It now includes its own small Python Web server, Glass, (based on the standard libraries) so users can get started quickly without having to figure out how to set up Apache. Aquarium is tightly integrated with Cheetah, and includes autocompilation of Cheetah templates. It is compact (a few thousand lines of code) and well documented.


Developer's reference manual available in HTML format form


Download version 2.1 (stable)
released on 1 March 2005

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
BSD 3ClauseJanet Casey30 July 2004

Leaders and contributors

Shannon -jj Behrens Maintainer
See the CONTRIB file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support Mailing List Info/Archive

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Web server
Required to use Cheetah (

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 11 March 2005.


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