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cabinetry is a Python library for building and steering binned template fits. It is written with applications in High Energy Physics in mind. cabinetry interfaces many other powerful libraries to make it easy for an analyzer to run their statistical inference pipeline.

Statistical models in HistFactory format can be built by cabinetry from instructions in a declarative configuration. cabinetry makes heavy use of pyhf for statistical inference, and provides additional utilities to help study and disseminate fit results. This includes commonly used visualizations. Due to its modular approach, analyzers are free to use all of cabinetry's functionality or only some pieces. cabinetry can be used for inference and visualization with any pyhf-compatible model, whether it was built with cabinetry or not.


cabinetry can be installed with pip:

python -m pip install cabinetry

This will only install the minimum requirements for the core part of cabinetry. The following will install additional optional dependencies needed for ROOT file reading:

python -m pip install cabinetry[contrib]

Hello world

To run the following example, first generate the input files via the script utils/

import cabinetry

config = cabinetry.configuration.load("config_example.yml")

# create template histograms

# perform histogram post-processing

# build a workspace
ws =

# run a fit
model, data = cabinetry.model_utils.model_and_data(ws)
fit_results =, data)

# visualize the post-fit model prediction and data
prediction_postfit = cabinetry.model_utils.prediction(model, fit_results=fit_results)
cabinetry.visualize.data_mc(prediction_postfit, data, config=config)

The above is an abbreviated version of an example included in, which shows how to use cabinetry. It requires additional dependencies obtained with pip install cabinetry[contrib].


Find more information in the documentation and tutorial material in the cabinetry-tutorials repository. cabinetry is also described in a paper submitted to vCHEP 2021: 10.5281/zenodo.4627037.


NSF-1836650 PHY-2323298

This work was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) cooperative agreements OAC-1836650 and PHY-2323298 (IRIS-HEP).