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OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision), http://opencv.org, is an open source library tailored for computer vision, especially real-time computer vision. It contains several hundreds of computer vision C++-API functions. It also provides interfaces in other languages such as Python, Java, Octave, Matlab, etc.
OpenCV is a BSD licensed package.
As with any other library, OpenCV code should be compiled and linked against the OpenCV library installed on the desired system. To use Python, make sure that the OpenCV-Python bindings are installed; The Python statment "import cv2" should execute without errors.