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Turi Create simplifies the development of custom machine learning models.

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Turi Create

Turi Create

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Turi Create simplifies the development of custom machine learning models. You don't have to be a machine learning expert to add recommendations, object detection, image classification, image similarity or activity classification to your app.

  • Easy-to-use: Focus on tasks instead of algorithms
  • Visual: Built-in, streaming visualizations to explore your data
  • Flexible: Supports text, images, audio, video and sensor data
  • Fast and Scalable: Work with large datasets on a single machine
  • Ready To Deploy: Export models to Core ML for use in iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps

With Turi Create, you can accomplish many common ML tasks:

| ML Task | Description | |:------------------------:|:--------------------------------:| | Recommender | Personalize choices for users | | Image Classification | Label images | | Drawing Classification | Recognize Pencil/Touch Drawings and Gestures | | Sound Classification | Classify sounds | | Object Detection | Recognize objects within images | | One Shot Object Detection | Recognize 2D objects within images using a single example | | Style Transfer | Stylize images | | Activity Classification | Detect an activity using sensors | | Image Similarity | Find similar images | | Classifiers | Predict a label | | Regression | Predict numeric values | | Clustering | Group similar datapoints together| | Text Classifier | Analyze sentiment of messages |

Example: Image classifier with a few lines of code

If you want your app to recognize specific objects in images, you can build your own model with just a few lines of code:

import turicreate as tc

Load data

data = tc.SFrame('photoLabel.sframe')

Create a model

model = tc.image_classifier.create(data, target='photoLabel')

Make predictions

predictions = model.predict(data)

Export to Core ML


It's easy to use the resulting model in an iOS application:

Turi Create

Supported Platforms

Turi Create supports:

  • macOS 10.12+
  • Linux (with glibc 2.10+)
  • Windows 10 (via WSL)

System Requirements

Turi Create requires:

  • Python 2.7, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
  • x86_64 architecture
  • At least 4 GB of RAM


For detailed instructions for different varieties of Linux see For common installation issues see

We recommend using virtualenv to use, install, or build Turi Create.

pip install virtualenv

The method for installing Turi Create follows the standard python package installation steps. To create and activate a Python virtual environment called

follow these steps:
# Create a Python virtual environment
cd ~
virtualenv venv

Activate your virtual environment

source ~/venv/bin/activate

Alternatively, if you are using Anaconda, you may use its virtual environment:

conda create -n virtual_environment_name anaconda
conda activate virtual_environment_name

To install

Turi Create
within your virtual environment:
(venv) pip install -U turicreate


The package User Guide and API Docs contain more details on how to use Turi Create.

GPU Support

Turi Create does not require a GPU, but certain models can be accelerated 9-13x by utilizing a GPU.

| Linux | macOS 10.13+ | macOS 10.14+ discrete GPUs, macOS 10.15+ integrated GPUs | | :-------------------------|:---------------------|:---------------------------------------------------------| | Activity Classification | Image Classification | Activity Classification | | Drawing Classification | Image Similarity | Object Detection | | Image Classification | Sound Classification | One Shot Object Detection | | Image Similarity | | Style Transfer | | Object Detection | | | | One Shot Object Detection | | | | Sound Classification | | | | Style Transfer | | |

macOS GPU support is automatic. For Linux GPU support, see

Building From Source

If you want to build Turi Create from source, see


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