A set of scripts to (cross-)build the Tensorflow C lib for various architectures / OS
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We do not use tensorflow-build anymore at snips, we make our models run on small devices using tensorflow-deploy-rust. The scripts here work to compile tf 1.3.1 and have not be tested on later versions


A set of scripts to (cross-)build the Tensorflow C lib for various architectures / OS

The goal of this repo is to provide packages containing the libtensorflow_c.so file as well as a corresponding pc file so that is .so can be used with pkg-config (one use of this is linking tensorflow with rust programs, see the bonus at the end)

We're using these scripts on Ubuntu and Archlinux, the commands given below assume that you're on a fairly recent Ubuntu box.

Theses script are a WIP but a good starting point on how to cross compile tensorflow. Expect to have to edit and tweak them to fit your needs.

Supported OS / Arch:

OS Available archs
Debian Like armhf [deb] (raspbian, crosscompiled, tested on Raspberry Pi 0, 2 & 3)
amd64 [deb]
Android armeabi-v7a [sysroot overlay]
arm64-v8a [sysroot overlay]
x86 [sysroot overlay]
x86_64 [sysroot overlay]
iOS [sysroot overlay]
Archlinux i686 / x86_64 use this aur [PKGBUILD]
macOS x86_64 brew install libtensorflow

Installing the dependencies

Installing bazel

Before runing these scripts, you need to have bazel

$ echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://storage.googleapis.com/bazel-apt stable jdk1.8" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bazel.list
$ curl https://bazel.build/bazel-release.pub.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install bazel

Other build dependencies

You'll also need numpy

$ sudo apt-get install python3-numpy

Using the scripts

Here is a small description of interesting scripts in this repo

Script Description
compile.sh Clones and build tensorflow for current machine. Takes the tensorflow version as a parameter
cross-compile.sh Generic script for cloning and building tensorflow using a cross toolchain. Launch it without args for usage
compile-arm.sh Clones the raspberry/tools repository an launches a cross compilation using the toolchain in it. Takes the tensorflow version as a parameter
compile-android.sh Download Android NDK and launch a crosscompilation for android using it. Takes the tensorflow version, android arch and package version as parameters
compile-ios.sh Clone and build tensorflow for iOS with the C API.
create-pkgconfig.sh Generic script for creating a pc. Launch it without args for usage

Building a deb

$ cd debian
$ ./create-deb-native.sh # or ./create-deb-armhf.sh then go grab a cup of coffee
$ sudo dpkg -i target/libtensorflow_1.0.0-snips-5_amd64.deb

Bonus : Using with Rust

You can use tensorflow with your rust projects using the tensorflow crate, its dependency tensorflow-sys will seek the libtensorflow_c.so using pkgconfig and build it if it doesn't find it, which can take some time...

Native build

Install the package then cargo build should find the lib \o/

Cross compile build

For cross compilation, you need a few more steps, the examples below are for a building for a Raspberry Pi 2/3 from a linux box

First, you need the rust target for the Pi

$ rustup target install armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf

Then you need a toolchain for the pi, let's use the one provided by RaspberryPi

$ git clone https://github.com/raspberrypi/tools

Configure cargo to use the toochain by adding this snippet to you ~/.cargo/config

linker = "/path/to/raspberrypi/tools/arm-bcm2708/gcc-linaro-arm-linux-gnueabihf-raspbian-x64/bin/arm-linux-gnueabihf-gcc"

We now need the .so file of tensorflow for the target arch, let's build the 1.0.0

$ ./compile-arm.sh v1.0.0

The .so is located in target/tensorflow/bazel-bin/tensorflow/libtensorflow.so you may want to move it somewhere else

Let's then generate the .pc file

$ ./create-pkgconfig.sh tensorflow_c /folder/where/the/so/is 1.0.0 "Tensorflow C Library" > /path/to/pc/file

Now that all is done, we can use cargo to crossbuild the app

$ PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR=/folder/where/the/pcfile/is PKG_CONFIG_ALLOW_CROSS=1 cargo build