This module was started by Andrew Kuchling (amk) to remove the dependency on SWIG in a package by Gregory P. Smith who based his work on a similar package by Robin Dunn which wrapped Berkeley DB 2.7.x.
Development then returned full circle back to Robin Dunn working in behalf of Digital Creations to complete the SWIG-less wrapping of the DB 3.x API and to build a solid unit test suite. Having completed that, Robin was now busy with another project (wxPython) and Greg returned as maintainer.
Jesus Cea Avion is the maintainer of this code since February 2008, and ported it to Python 3.x.
In 2020, after Python 2.7 sunset, this library was renamed to “berkeleydb” and it was made Python 3 only.