Skip to main content
This is a pre-production deployment of Warehouse. Changes made here affect the production instance of PyPI (
Help us improve Python packaging - Donate today!

Sequential model-based optimization toolbox.

Project Description


Scikit-Optimize, or skopt, is a simple and efficient library to minimize (very) expensive and noisy black-box functions. It implements several methods for sequential model-based optimization. skopt aims to be accessible and easy to use in many contexts.

The library is built on top of NumPy, SciPy and Scikit-Learn.

We do not perform gradient-based optimization. For gradient-based optimization algorithms look at scipy.optimize here.

Approximated objective function after 50 iterations of gp_minimize. Plot made using skopt.plots.plot_objective.


The latest released version of scikit-optimize is v0.5.1, which you can install with:

pip install scikit-optimize

In addition there is a conda-forge package of scikit-optimize:

conda install -c conda-forge scikit-optimize

Using conda-forge is probably the easiest way to install scikit-optimize on Windows.

Getting started

Find the minimum of the noisy function f(x) over the range -2 < x < 2 with skopt:

import numpy as np
from skopt import gp_minimize

def f(x):
    return (np.sin(5 * x[0]) * (1 - np.tanh(x[0] ** 2)) +
            np.random.randn() * 0.1)

res = gp_minimize(f, [(-2.0, 2.0)])

For more control over the optimization loop you can use the skopt.Optimizer class:

from skopt import Optimizer

opt = Optimizer([(-2.0, 2.0)])

for i in range(20):
    suggested = opt.ask()
    y = f(suggested)
    opt.tell(suggested, y)
    print('iteration:', i, suggested, y)

Read our introduction to bayesian optimization and the other examples.


The library is still experimental and under heavy development. Checkout the next milestone for the plans for the next release or look at some easy issues to get started contributing.

The development version can be installed through:

git clone
cd scikit-optimize
pip install -e.

Run all tests by executing pytest in the top level directory.

To only run the subset of tests with short run time, you can use pytest -m 'fast_test' (pytest -m 'slow_test' is also possible). To exclude all slow running tests try pytest -m 'not slow_test'.

This is implemented using pytest attributes. If a tests runs longer than 1 second, it is marked as slow, else as fast.

All contributors are welcome!

Making a Release

The release procedure is almost completely automated. By tagging a new release travis will build all required packages and push them to PyPI. To make a release create a new issue and work through the following checklist:

  • update the version tag in
  • update the version tag in
  • update the version tag mentioned in the README
  • check if the dependencies in are valid or need unpinning
  • check that the is up to date
  • did the last build of master succeed?
  • create a new release
  • ping conda-forge

Before making a release we usually create a release candidate. If the next release is v0.X then the release candidate should be tagged v0.Xrc1 in and Mark a release candidate as a “pre-release” on GitHub when you tag it.

Commercial support

Feel free to get in touch if you need commercial support or would like to sponsor development. Resources go towards paying for additional work by seasoned engineers and researchers.

Made possible by

The scikit-optimize project was made possible with the support of

If your employer allows you to work on scikit-optimize during the day and would like recognition, feel free to add them to the “Made possible by” list.

Release History

This version
History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


History Node


Download Files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Filename, Size & Hash SHA256 Hash Help File Type Python Version Upload Date
(74.2 kB) Copy SHA256 Hash SHA256
Wheel py2.py3 Feb 9, 2018
(63.7 kB) Copy SHA256 Hash SHA256
Source None Feb 9, 2018

Supported By

Elastic Elastic Search Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Dyn Dyn DNS Sentry Sentry Error Logging CloudAMQP CloudAMQP RabbitMQ Heroku Heroku PaaS Kabu Creative Kabu Creative UX & Design Fastly Fastly CDN DigiCert DigiCert EV Certificate Google Google Cloud Servers DreamHost DreamHost Log Hosting