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torchbearer: A model training library for researchers using PyTorch



Torchbearer is a PyTorch model fitting library designed for use by researchers (or anyone really) working in deep learning or differentiable programming. Specifically, if you occasionally want to perform advanced custom operations but generally don't want to write hundreds of lines of untested code then this is the library for you. Our design decisions are geared towards flexibility and customisability whilst trying to maintain the simplest possible API.

Key Features


The easiest way to install torchbearer is with pip:

pip install torchbearer


Here's a linear SVM (differentiable program) visualisation from the docs implemented using torcbearer and pytorch in less than 100 lines of code:

SVM fitting

And a GAN visualisation from the docs implemented using torcbearer and pytorch:




normalize = transforms.Normalize(mean=[0.485, 0.456, 0.406],
                                 std=[0.229, 0.224, 0.225])

dataset = torchvision.datasets.CIFAR10(root='./data/cifar', train=True, download=True,
                                        transform=transforms.Compose([transforms.ToTensor(), normalize]))
splitter = DatasetValidationSplitter(len(dataset), 0.1)
trainset = splitter.get_train_dataset(dataset)
valset = splitter.get_val_dataset(dataset)

traingen =, pin_memory=True, batch_size=BATCH_SIZE, shuffle=True, num_workers=10)
valgen =, pin_memory=True, batch_size=BATCH_SIZE, shuffle=True, num_workers=10)

testset = torchvision.datasets.CIFAR10(root='./data/cifar', train=False, download=True,
                                       transform=transforms.Compose([transforms.ToTensor(), normalize]))
testgen =, pin_memory=True, batch_size=BATCH_SIZE, shuffle=False, num_workers=10)

class SimpleModel(nn.Module):
    def __init__(self):
        super(SimpleModel, self).__init__()
        self.convs = nn.Sequential(
            nn.Conv2d(3, 16, stride=2, kernel_size=3),
            nn.Conv2d(16, 32, stride=2, kernel_size=3),
            nn.Conv2d(32, 64, stride=2, kernel_size=3),

        self.classifier = nn.Linear(576, 10)

    def forward(self, x):
        x = self.convs(x)
        x = x.view(-1, 576)
        return self.classifier(x)

model = SimpleModel()
  • Now that we have a model we can train it simply by wrapping it in a torchbearer Model instance:
optimizer = optim.Adam(filter(lambda p: p.requires_grad, model.parameters()), lr=0.001)
loss = nn.CrossEntropyLoss()

from torchbearer import Model

torchbearer_model = Model(model, optimizer, loss, metrics=['acc', 'loss']).to('cuda')
torchbearer_model.fit_generator(traingen, epochs=10, validation_generator=valgen)

  • Running that code gives output using Tqdm and providing running accuracies and losses during the training phase:
0/10(t): 100%|██████████| 352/352 [00:01<00:00, 233.36it/s, running_acc=0.536, running_loss=1.32, acc=0.459, acc_std=0.498, loss=1.52, loss_std=0.239]
0/10(v): 100%|██████████| 40/40 [00:00<00:00, 239.40it/s, val_acc=0.536, val_acc_std=0.499, val_loss=1.29, val_loss_std=0.0731]
9/10(t): 100%|██████████| 352/352 [00:01<00:00, 215.76it/s, running_acc=0.741, running_loss=0.735, acc=0.754, acc_std=0.431, loss=0.703, loss_std=0.0897]
9/10(v): 100%|██████████| 40/40 [00:00<00:00, 222.72it/s, val_acc=0.68, val_acc_std=0.466, val_loss=0.948, val_loss_std=0.181]
0/1(e): 100%|██████████| 79/79 [00:00<00:00, 268.70it/s, val_acc=0.678, val_acc_std=0.467, val_loss=0.925, val_loss_std=0.109]


Our documentation containing the API reference, examples and some notes can be found at

Other Libraries

Torchbearer isn't the only library for training PyTorch models. Here are a few others that might better suit your needs (this is by no means a complete list, see the awesome pytorch list for more):

  • skorch, model wrapper that enables use with scikit-learn - crossval etc. can be very useful
  • PyToune, simple Keras style API
  • ignite, advanced model training from the makers of PyTorch, can need a lot of code for advanced functions (e.g. Tensorboard)
  • TorchNetTwo (TNT), can be complex to use but well established, somewhat replaced by ignite
  • Inferno, training utilities and convenience classes for PyTorch

Latest Releases
Version 0.1.7
 Aug. 14 2018
Version 0.1.6
 Aug. 10 2018
Version 0.1.5
 Jul. 30 2018
Version 0.1.4
 Jul. 23 2018
Version 0.1.3
 Jul. 18 2018