Python is an interpreted programming language. It is used to generate some source files, documenation, and other tasks. Python 2.5 or later (including Python 3) should work fine and Python 3 is recommended. It may be required in the future.
Python is either included or available as a package on most UNIX-like platforms. Windows packages and source are available at http://python.org/download/. The Cygwin Python package is not recommended since /usr/bin/python is a symbolic link, which causes confusion outside Cygwin.
You can also use Chocolatey to install Python:
PS:\> choco install Python3
PS:\> choco install Python2
Chocolatey installs Python into C:\tools\python3 or C:\tools\python2 by default. You can verify your Python version by running
$ python --version
on UNIX-like platforms and
rem Official package C:> cd python35 C:Python35> python --version rem Chocolatey C:> cd \tools\python3 C:\tools\python3> python --version
on Windows. You should see something like
Your version string may vary of course.