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A simplified framework and utilities for PyTorch.

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Here is Poutyne.

Poutyne is a simplified framework for PyTorch and handles much of the boilerplating code needed to train neural networks.

Use Poutyne to:

  • Train models easily.
  • Use callbacks to save your best model, perform early stopping and much more.

Read the documentation at

Poutyne is compatible with the latest version of PyTorch and Python >= 3.6.


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    title  = {{Poutyne: A Simplified Framework for Deep Learning}},
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Getting started: few seconds to Poutyne

The core data structure of Poutyne is a Model, a way to train your own PyTorch neural networks.

How Poutyne works is that you create your PyTorch module (neural network) as usual but when comes the time to train it you feed it into the Poutyne Model, which handles all the steps, stats and callbacks, similar to what Keras does.

Here is a simple example:

# Import the Poutyne Model and define a toy dataset
from poutyne import Model
import torch
import torch.nn as nn
import numpy as np

num_features = 20
num_classes = 5
hidden_state_size = 100

num_train_samples = 800
train_x = np.random.randn(num_train_samples, num_features).astype('float32')
train_y = np.random.randint(num_classes, size=num_train_samples).astype('int64')

num_valid_samples = 200
valid_x = np.random.randn(num_valid_samples, num_features).astype('float32')
valid_y = np.random.randint(num_classes, size=num_valid_samples).astype('int64')

num_test_samples = 200
test_x = np.random.randn(num_test_samples, num_features).astype('float32')
test_y = np.random.randint(num_classes, size=num_test_samples).astype('int64')

Select a PyTorch device so that it runs on GPU if you have one:

cuda_device = 0
device = torch.device("cuda:%d" % cuda_device if torch.cuda.is_available() else "cpu")

Create yourself a PyTorch network:

network = nn.Sequential(
    nn.Linear(num_features, hidden_state_size),
    nn.Linear(hidden_state_size, num_classes)

You can now use Poutyne's model to train your network easily:

model = Model(network, 'sgd', 'cross_entropy',
              batch_metrics=['accuracy'], epoch_metrics=['f1'],
    train_x, train_y,
    validation_data=(valid_x, valid_y),

Since Poutyne is inspired by Keras, one might have notice that this is really similar to some of its functions.

You can evaluate the performances of your network using the evaluate method of Poutyne's model:

loss, (accuracy, f1score) = model.evaluate(test_x, test_y)

Or only predict on new data:

predictions = model.predict(test_x)

See the complete code here. Also, see this for an example for regression that again also uses epoch metrics.

One of the strengths Poutyne are callbacks. They allow you to save checkpoints, log training statistics and more. See this notebook for an introduction to callbacks. In that vein, Poutyne also offers an Experiment class that offers automatic checkpointing, logging and more using callbacks under the hood. Here is an example of usage.

from poutyne import Experiment, TensorDataset
from import DataLoader

# We need to use dataloaders (i.e. an iterable of batches) with Experiment
train_loader = DataLoader(TensorDataset(train_x, train_y), batch_size=32)
valid_loader = DataLoader(TensorDataset(valid_x, valid_y), batch_size=32)
test_loader = DataLoader(TensorDataset(test_x, test_y), batch_size=32)

# Everything is saved in ./expt/my_classification_network
expt = Experiment('./expt/my_classification_network', network, device=device, optimizer='sgd', task='classif')

expt.train(train_loader, valid_loader, epochs=5)


See the complete code here. Also, see this for an example for regression that again also uses epoch metrics.


Before installing Poutyne, you must have the latest version of PyTorch in your environment.

  • Install the stable version of Poutyne:
pip install poutyne
  • Install the latest development version of Poutyne:
pip install -U git+

Learning Material

Blog posts

  • Medium PyTorch post - Presentation of the basics of Poutyne and how it can help you be more efficient when developing neural networks with PyTorch.


Look at notebook files with full working examples:

or in Google Colab:


Contributing to Poutyne

We welcome user input, whether it is regarding bugs found in the library or feature propositions ! Make sure to have a look at our contributing guidelines for more details on this matter.


Poutyne is LGPLv3 licensed, as found in the LICENSE file.

Why this name, Poutyne?

Poutyne's name comes from poutine, the well-known dish from Quebec. It is usually composed of French fries, squeaky cheese curds and brown gravy. However, in Quebec, poutine also has the meaning of something that is an "ordinary or common subject or activity". Thus, Poutyne will get rid of the ordinary boilerplate code that plain PyTorch training usually entails.

Poutine Yuri Long from Arlington, VA, USA [CC BY 2.0]

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