A framework for WebProgramming.




current Zope 2 stable release

2.10.0 (2006-10-03)

current Zope 2 release from the previous stable branch

2.9.5 (2006-10-02)

current Zope 3 stable release

3.3.0 (2006-09-21)


ZPL - Zope is open source, as are many of the extensions and add-ons available for it.

Zope works on UNIX and Windows platforms.
Python versions
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Deployment Platforms


Out of the box
Through additional modules


The "out of the box" single server option makes Zope attractive for developers who either do not want to integrate many components or have little experience in doing so. The need to have Zope processes continuously running excludes Zope from certain hosting environments, but being available as a packaged product with explicit security features, Zope is also attractive to other, potentially more spec ialised hosting companies. Thus, Zope hosting can be had, even for free, with certain hosting providers.

Development Interfaces

Environment Access

Session, Identification and Authentication

Persistence Support

Presentation Support

Other presentation systems could presumably be supported in Zope, but from Zope 2.5, the above technologies appear to be "first class".


Zope provides so much support for some activities that certain kinds of applications can be created and configured in very short periods of time, given enough experience of Zope development. Where object persistence is required, for example, Zope applications require little effort to make such mechanisms work, whereas other frameworks (such as EnterpriseJavaBeans container-managed persistence) require a certain amount of administrative overhead (the declaration of each object schema) and may be prone to obscure failure, given the complexity of the integration and configuration of many different systems. -- PaulBoddie

Python version should probably mention 2.1.3 (which works well with Zope 2.4.x and 2.5.x), Python versions 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 do not. Python 2.2 is not officially supported for 2.5.x and before (not sure about later versions). -- Terry Hancock

For Zope 2.7.0, Python 2.3.3 is the preferred release -- JeffreyShell

MythDebunking: Zope is hard to learn.

Zope is hard to learn. If it's the right tool to solve your problem, it's arguably worth the pain of learning it because it is extremely powerful. However, as with most web platforms, there is a "Zope way" to approach solving any problem with it. The principle of "expect to throw your first attempt away" applies strongly with Zope; learn it via smaller examples and projects before tackling anything very substantial. -- BenLast

Zope performance is not stellar. Expect to use a caching reverse proxy or the like (commonly, this is Apache) to "front-end" a Zope site if you are serving high levels of traffic. Zope has extremely good support for various levels of internal and external (proxy) caching. -- BenLast


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