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OpenVINO(TM) Runtime

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OpenVINO™ Runtime


OpenVINO™ toolkit is a comprehensive toolkit for quickly developing applications and solutions that solve a variety of tasks including emulation of human vision, automatic speech recognition, natural language processing, recommendation systems, and many others. Based on latest generations of artificial neural networks, including Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), recurrent and attention-based networks, the toolkit extends computer vision and non-vision workloads across Intel® hardware, maximizing performance. It accelerates applications with high-performance, AI and deep learning inference deployed from edge to cloud.

OpenVINO™ Runtime package for Python includes a set of libraries for an easy inference integration into your Python applications and supports of heterogeneous execution across Intel® CPU and Intel® GPU hardware.

System Requirements

The complete list of supported hardware is available in the Release Notes.

The table below lists supported operating systems and Python* versions required to run the installation.

Supported Operating System Python* Version (64-bit)
Ubuntu* 18.04 long-term support (LTS), 64-bit 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
Ubuntu* 20.04 long-term support (LTS), 64-bit 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9
Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* 8, 64-bit 3.6, 3.8
macOS* 10.15.x versions 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9
Windows 10*, 64-bit 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9

NOTE: This package can be installed on other versions of Linux and Windows OSes, but only the specific versions above are fully validated.

NOTE: The current version of the OpenVINO™ Runtime for macOS* supports inference on Intel® CPUs only.

Install the OpenVINO™ Runtime Package

Step 1. Set Up Python Virtual Environment

To avoid dependency conflicts, use a virtual environment. Skip this step only if you do want to install all dependencies globally.

Create virtual environment:

python -m pip install --user virtualenv 
python -m venv openvino_env

NOTE: On Linux and macOS, you may need to type python3 instead of python. You may also need to install pip. For example, on Ubuntu execute the following command to get pip installed: sudo apt install python3-venv python3-pip.

Step 2. Activate Virtual Environment

On Linux and macOS:

source openvino_env/bin/activate

On Windows:


Step 3. Set Up and Update PIP to the Highest Version

Run the command below:

python -m pip install --upgrade pip

Step 4. Install the Package

Run the command below:

pip install openvino

Step 5. Verify that the Package Is Installed

Run the command below:

python -c "from openvino.runtime import Core"

If installation was successful, you will not see any error messages (no console output).


Error: Microsoft Visual C++ 14.0 is required. Get it with "Build Tools for Visual Studio"

On Windows* some dependencies may require compilation from source when installing. To resolve this issue, you need to install Build Tools for Visual Studio* 2019 and repeat package installation.

ImportError: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

To resolve missing external dependency on Ubuntu*, execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install libpython3.7

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