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Tensorflow Implementation of Yahoo's Open NSFW Model

This repository contains an implementation of Yahoo's Open NSFW Classifier rewritten in tensorflow.

The original caffe weights have been extracted using Caffe to TensorFlow. You can find them at data/open_nsfw-weights.npy.


All code should be compatible with Python 3.6 and Tensorflow 1.x (tested with 1.12). The model implementation can be found in


> python -m data/open_nsfw-weights.npy test.jpg

Results for 'test.jpg'
	SFW score:	0.9355766177177429
	NSFW score:	0.06442338228225708

Note: Currently only jpeg images are supported. accepts some optional parameters you may want to play around with:

usage: [-h] -m MODEL_WEIGHTS [-l {yahoo,tensorflow}]
                        [-t {tensor,base64_jpeg}]

positional arguments:
  input_file            Path to the input image. Only jpeg images are

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -m MODEL_WEIGHTS, --model_weights MODEL_WEIGHTS
                        Path to trained model weights file
  -l {yahoo,tensorflow}, --image_loader {yahoo,tensorflow}
                        image loading mechanism
  -i {tensor,base64_jpeg}, --input_type {tensor,base64_jpeg}
                        input type


The classification tool supports two different image loading mechanisms.

  • yahoo (default) replicates yahoo's original image loading and preprocessing. Use this option if you want the same results as with the original implementation
  • tensorflow is an image loader which uses tensorflow exclusively (no dependencies on PIL, skimage, etc.). Tries to replicate the image loading mechanism used by the original caffe implementation, differs a bit though due to different jpeg and resizing implementations. See this issue for details.

Note: Classification results may vary depending on the selected image loader!


Determines if the model internally uses a float tensor (tensor - [None, 224, 224, 3] - default) or a base64 encoded string tensor (base64_jpeg - [None, ]) as input. If base64_jpeg is used, then the tensorflow image loader will be used, regardless of the -l/--image-loader argument.


The tools folder contains some utility scripts to test the model.

Takes an input image and generates a json file suitable for prediction requests to a Open NSFW Model deployed with Google Cloud ML Engine (gcloud ml-engine predict) or tensorflow-serving.

Exports the model using the tensorflow serving export api (SavedModel). The export can be used to deploy the model on Google Cloud ML Engine, Tensorflow Serving or on mobile (haven't tried that one yet).

Exports the model in TFLite format. Use this one if you want to run inference on mobile or IoT devices. Please note that the base64_jpeg input type does not work with TFLite since the standard runtime lacks a number of required tensorflow operations.

Exports the tensorflow graph and checkpoint. Freezes and optimizes the graph per default for improved inference and deployment usage (e.g. Android, iOS, etc.). Import the graph with tf.import_graph_def.

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