Confluence Retirement

In an effort to consolidate USGS hosted Wikis, myUSGS’ Confluence service is scheduled for retirement on January 27th, 2023. The official USGS Wiki and collaboration space is now SharePoint. Please migrate existing spaces and content to the SharePoint platform and remove it from Confluence at your earliest convenience. If you need any additional information or have any concerns about this change, please contact Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
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  • Python is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs.
  • Python runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, and has been ported to the Java and .NET virtual machines.
  • Python is free to use, even for commercial products, because of its OSI-approved open source license.


  • Esri has adopted Python as the primary scripting language for ArcGIS.
  • ArcGIS Desktop includes  Python 2.7x32 (Desktop), 2.7x64 (Desktop background geo processing) and Python 3.5x64 (ArcGIS Pro)
  • USGS has a Python mailing list:  - list archive
  • To join the GS Help Python list, send a request to Shane Wright (