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From ML model to production API endpoint with a few lines of code


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BentoML makes it easy to serve and deploy machine learning models in the cloud.

It is an open source framework for machine learning teams to build cloud-native prediction API services that are ready for production. BentoML supports most popular ML training frameworks and common deployment platforms including major cloud providers and docker/kubernetes.

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Getting Started

Installation with pip:

pip install bentoml

Defining a prediction service with BentoML:

import bentoml
from bentoml.handlers import DataframeHandler
from bentoml.artifact import SklearnModelArtifact

@bentoml.env(pip_dependencies=["scikit-learn"]) # defining pip/conda dependencies to be packed
@bentoml.artifacts([SklearnModelArtifact('model')]) # defining required artifacts, typically trained models
class IrisClassifier(bentoml.BentoService):

    @bentoml.api(DataframeHandler) # defining prediction service endpoint and expected input format
    def predict(self, df):
        # Pre-processing logic and access to trained mdoel artifacts in API function
        return self.artifacts.model.predict(df)

Train a classifier model with default Iris dataset and pack the trained model with the BentoService IrisClassifier defined above:

from sklearn import svm
from sklearn import datasets

if __name__ == "__main__":
    clf = svm.SVC(gamma='scale')
    iris = datasets.load_iris()
    X, y =,, y)

    # Create a iris classifier service
    iris_classifier_service = IrisClassifier()

    # Pack it with the newly trained model artifact
    iris_classifier_service.pack('model', clf)

    # Save the prediction service to a BentoService bundle
    saved_path =

A BentoService bundle is a versioned file archive, containing the BentoService you defined, along with trained model artifacts, dependencies and configurations.

Now you can start a REST API server based off the saved BentoService bundle form command line:

bentoml serve {saved_path}

If you are doing this only local machine, visit in your browser to play around with the API server's Web UI for debbugging and sending test request. You can also send prediction request with curl from command line:

curl -i \
  --header "Content-Type: application/json" \
  --request POST \
  --data '[[5.1, 3.5, 1.4, 0.2]]' \

Saved BentoService bundle is also structured to work as a docker build context, which can be used to build a docker image for deployment:

docker build -t my_api_server {saved_path}

The saved BentoService bundle can also be loaded directly from command line:

bentoml predict {saved_path} --input='[[5.1, 3.5, 1.4, 0.2]]'

# alternatively:
bentoml predict {saved_path} --input='./iris_test_data.csv'

The saved bundle is pip-installable and can be directly distributed as a PyPI package:

pip install {saved_path}
# Your BentoService class name will become packaged name
import IrisClassifier

installed_svc = IrisClassifier.load()
installed_svc.predict([[5.1, 3.5, 1.4, 0.2]])

Deploy the saved BentoService to cloud services such as AWS Lambda with the bentoml command:

bentoml deployment create my-iris-classifier --bento IrisClassifier:{VERSION} --platform=aws-lambda

To learn more, try out our 5-mins Quick Start notebook using BentoML to turn a trained sklearn model into a containerized REST API server, and then deploy it to AWS Lambda: Download, Google Colab, nbviewer









Visit bentoml/gallery repository for more example projects demonstrating how to use BentoML.

Deployment guides:

Feature Highlights

  • Multiple Distribution Format - Easily package your Machine Learning models and preprocessing code into a format that works best with your inference scenario:

    • Docker Image - deploy as containers running REST API Server
    • PyPI Package - integrate into your python applications seamlessly
    • CLI tool - put your model into Airflow DAG or CI/CD pipeline
    • Spark UDF - run batch serving on a large dataset with Spark
    • Serverless Function - host your model on serverless platforms such as AWS Lambda
  • Multiple Framework Support - BentoML supports a wide range of ML frameworks out-of-the-box including Tensorflow, PyTorch, Keras, Scikit-Learn, xgboost, H2O, FastAI and can be easily extended to work with new or custom frameworks

  • Deploy Anywhere - BentoService bundle can be easily deployed with platforms such as Docker, Kubernetes, Serverless, Airflow and Clipper, on cloud platforms including AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure

  • Custom Runtime Backend - Easily integrate your python pre-processing code with high-performance deep learning runtime backend, such as tensorflow-serving

  • Workflow Designed For Teams - The YataiService component in BentoML provides Web UI and APIs for managing and deploying all the models and preidciton services your team has created or deployed, in a centralized service.


Full documentation and API references can be found at

Usage Tracking

BentoML library by default reports basic usages using Amplitude. It helps BentoML authors to understand how people are using this tool and improve it over time. You can easily opt-out by running the following command from terminal:

bentoml config set usage_tracking=false


Have questions or feedback? Post a new github issue or discuss in our Slack channel: join BentoML Slack

Want to help build BentoML? Check out our contributing guide and the development guide.


BentoML is under active development and is evolving rapidly. Currently it is a Beta release, we may change APIs in future releases.

Read more about the latest features and changes in BentoML from the releases page.


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