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Core ML Community Tools

Core ML community tools contains all supporting tools for CoreML model conversion and validation. This includes Scikit Learn, LIBSVM, Caffe, Keras and XGBoost.

We recommend using virtualenv to use, install, or build coremltools. Be sure to install virtualenv using your system pip.

pip install virtualenv


The method for installing coremltools follows the standard python package installation steps. To create a Python virtual environment called pythonenv follow these steps:

# Create a folder for your virtualenv
mkdir mlvirtualenv
cd mlvirtualenv

# Create a Python virtual environment for your CoreML project
virtualenv pythonenv

To activate your new virtual environment and install coremltools in this environment, follow these steps:

# Active your virtual environment
source pythonenv/bin/activate

# Install coremltools in the new virtual environment, pythonenv
(pythonenv) pip install -U coremltools

The package documentation contains more details on how to use coremltools.


coremltools has the following dependencies:

  • numpy (1.10.0+)
  • protobuf (3.1.0+)

In addition, it has the following soft dependencies that are only needed when you are converting models of these formats:

  • Keras (1.2.2, 2.0.4+) with corresponding Tensorflow version
  • Xgboost (0.7+)
  • scikit-learn (0.17+)
  • libSVM

Building from source

To build the project, you need CMake to configure the project

cmake .

after which you can use make to build the project


Building Installable Wheel

To make a wheel/egg that you can distribute, you can do the following

make dist 

Running Unit Tests

In order to run unit tests, you need pytest, pandas, and h5py.

pip install pytest pandas h5py

To add a new unit test, add it to the coremltools/test folder. Make sure you name the file with a 'test' as the prefix.

Additionally, running unit-tests would require more packages (like libsvm)

pip install -r test_requirements.pip

To install libsvm

git clone
cd libsvm/
cd python/

To make sure you can run libsvm python bindings everywhere, you need the following command, replacing <LIBSVM_PATH> with the path to the root of your repository.


To install xgboost

git clone --recursive
cd xgboost; cp make/ ./; make
cd python-package; python develop

To install keras (Version >= 2.0)

pip install keras tensorflow

If you'd like to use the old keras version, you can:

pip install keras==1.2.2 tensorflow

Finally, to run the most important unit tests, you can use:

pytest -rs

some tests are marked as slow because they test a lot of combinations. If you want to run, all tests, you can use:


Building Documentation

First install all external dependencies.

pip install Sphinx==1.5.3 sphinx-rtd-theme==0.2.4 numpydoc
pip install -e git+git://

You also must have the coremltools package install, see the Building section.

Then from the root of the repository:

cd docs
make html
open _build/html/index.html

External Tools

In addition to the conversion tools in this package, TensorFlow and MXNet have their own conversion tools:

Latest Releases
coremltools 0.8
 Feb. 2 2018
 Dec. 4 2017
 Aug. 31 2017
 Aug. 4 2017