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How to save and load a PyTorch model?

You don't train deep learning models without using them later. Instead, you want to save them, in order to load them later - allowing you to perform inference activities.

In this tutorial, we're going to take a look at saving and loading your models created with PyTorch. PyTorch is one of the leading frameworks for deep learning these days and is widely used in the deep learning industry. After reading it, you will understand...

  • How you can use for saving your PyTorch model.
  • How you can load the model by initializing the skeleton and loading the state.

Let's take a look! 馃槑


Saving a PyTorch model

Suppose that you have created a PyTorch model, say a simple Multilayer Perceptron, like this.

import os
import torch
from torch import nn
from torchvision.datasets import MNIST
from import DataLoader
from torchvision import transforms

class MLP(nn.Module):
    Multilayer Perceptron.
  def __init__(self):
    self.layers = nn.Sequential(
      nn.Conv2d(1, 5, kernel_size=3),
      nn.Linear(26 * 26 * 5, 300),
      nn.Linear(300, 64),
      nn.Linear(64, 10)

  def forward(self, x):
    '''Forward pass'''
    return self.layers(x)

You can then define a training loop in order to train the model, in this case with the MNIST dataset. Note that we don't repeat creating the training loop here - click the link to see how this can be done.

After training, it is possible that you have found a model that is useful in the real world.

In other words, a well-performing model that must be saved.

And saving a deep learning model with PyTorch is actually really easy - the only thing that you have to do is call, like this:

# Saving the model
save_path = './mlp.pth', save_path)

Here, you define a path to a PyTorch (.pth) file, and save the state of the model (i.e. the weights) to that particular file. Note that mlp here is the initialization of the neural network, i.e. we executed mlp = MLP() during the construction of your training loop. mlp is thus any object instantiated based on your nn.Module extending neural network class.

When you run your model next time, the state gets saved to a file called ./mlp.pth.

Loading a saved PyTorch model

...but things don't end there. When you saved a PyTorch model, you likely want to load it at a different location.

For inference, for example, meaning that you will use it in a deployment setting for generating predictions.

Loading the model is however really easy and involves the following steps:

  1. Initializing the model skeleton.
  2. Loading the model state from a file defined at a particular path.
  3. Setting the state of your model to the state just loaded.
  4. Evaluating the model.
# Loading the model
mlp = MLP()

That's it!


After training a deep learning model with PyTorch, it's time to use it. This requires you to save your model. In this tutorial, we covered how you can save and load your PyTorch models using and torch.load.

I hope that you have learned something from this article, despite it being really short - and shorter than you're used to when reading this website! Still, there's no point in writing a lot of text when the important things can be said with only few words, is there? :)

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out in the comments section below 馃挰

Thank you for reading MachineCurve today and happy engineering! 馃槑


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