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YAD2K: Yet Another Darknet 2 Keras


Welcome to YAD2K

You only look once, but you reimplement neural nets over and over again.

YAD2K is a 90% Keras/10% Tensorflow implementation of YOLO_v2.

Original paper: YOLO9000: Better, Faster, Stronger by Joseph Redmond and Ali Farhadi.

YOLO_v2 COCO model with test_yolo defaults



git clone
cd yad2k

# [Option 1] To replicate the conda environment:
conda env create -f environment.yml
source activate yad2k
# [Option 2] Install everything globaly.
pip install numpy h5py pillow
pip install tensorflow-gpu  # CPU-only: conda install -c conda-forge tensorflow
pip install keras # Possibly older release: conda install keras

Quick Start

  • Download Darknet model cfg and weights from the official YOLO website.
  • Convert the Darknet YOLO_v2 model to a Keras model.
  • Test the converted model on the small test set in images/.
./ yolo.cfg yolo.weights model_data/yolo.h5
./ model_data/yolo.h5  # output in images/out/

See ./ --help and ./ --help for more options.

More Details

The YAD2K converter currently only supports YOLO_v2 style models, this include the following configurations: darknet19_448, tiny-yolo-voc, yolo-voc, and yolo. -p will produce a plot of the generated Keras model. For example see yolo.png.

YAD2K assumes the Keras backend is Tensorflow. In particular for YOLO_v2 models with a passthrough layer, YAD2K uses tf.space_to_depth to implement the passthrough layer. The evaluation script also directly uses Tensorflow tensors and uses tf.non_max_suppression for the final output.

voc_conversion_scripts contains two scripts for converting the Pascal VOC image dataset with XML annotations to either HDF5 or TFRecords format for easier training with Keras or Tensorflow.

yad2k/models contains reference implementations of Darknet-19 and YOLO_v2.

train_overfit is a sample training script that overfits a YOLO_v2 model to a single image from the Pascal VOC dataset.

Known Issues and TODOs

  • Expand sample training script to train YOLO_v2 reference model on full dataset.
  • Support for additional Darknet layer types.
  • Tuck away the Tensorflow dependencies with Keras wrappers where possible.
  • YOLO_v2 model does not support fully convolutional mode. Current implementation assumes 1:1 aspect ratio images.

Darknets of Yore

YAD2K stands on the shoulders of giants.


YAD2K: Yet Another Darknet 2 Keras




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