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PyTorch is a Python package that provides two high-level features: - Tensor computation (like NumPy) with strong GPU acceleration - Deep neural networks built on a tape-based autograd system

You can reuse your favorite Python packages such as NumPy, SciPy, and Cython to extend PyTorch when needed.

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More About PyTorch

At a granular level, PyTorch is a library that consists of the following components:

| Component | Description | | ---- | --- | | torch | a Tensor library like NumPy, with strong GPU support | | torch.autograd | a tape-based automatic differentiation library that supports all differentiable Tensor operations in torch | | torch.jit | a compilation stack (TorchScript) to create serializable and optimizable models from PyTorch code | | torch.nn | a neural networks library deeply integrated with autograd designed for maximum flexibility | | torch.multiprocessing | Python multiprocessing, but with magical memory sharing of torch Tensors across processes. Useful for data loading and Hogwild training | | torch.utils | DataLoader and other utility functions for convenience |

Usually, PyTorch is used either as:

  • A replacement for NumPy to use the power of GPUs.
  • A deep learning research platform that provides maximum flexibility and speed.

Elaborating Further:

A GPU-Ready Tensor Library

If you use NumPy, then you have used Tensors (a.k.a. ndarray).

Tensor illustration

PyTorch provides Tensors that can live either on the CPU or the GPU and accelerates the computation by a huge amount.

We provide a wide variety of tensor routines to accelerate and fit your scientific computation needs such as slicing, indexing, math operations, linear algebra, reductions. And they are fast!

Dynamic Neural Networks: Tape-Based Autograd

PyTorch has a unique way of building neural networks: using and replaying a tape recorder.

Most frameworks such as TensorFlow, Theano, Caffe, and CNTK have a static view of the world. One has to build a neural network and reuse the same structure again and again. Changing the way the network behaves means that one has to start from scratch.

With PyTorch, we use a technique called reverse-mode auto-differentiation, which allows you to change the way your network behaves arbitrarily with zero lag or overhead. Our inspiration comes from several research papers on this topic, as well as current and past work such as torch-autograd, autograd, Chainer, etc.

While this technique is not unique to PyTorch, it's one of the fastest implementations of it to date. You get the best of speed and flexibility for your crazy research.

Dynamic graph

Python First

PyTorch is not a Python binding into a monolithic C++ framework. It is built to be deeply integrated into Python. You can use it naturally like you would use NumPy / SciPy / scikit-learn etc. You can write your new neural network layers in Python itself, using your favorite libraries and use packages such as Cython and Numba. Our goal is to not reinvent the wheel where appropriate.

Imperative Experiences

PyTorch is designed to be intuitive, linear in thought, and easy to use. When you execute a line of code, it gets executed. There isn't an asynchronous view of the world. When you drop into a debugger or receive error messages and stack traces, understanding them is straightforward. The stack trace points to exactly where your code was defined. We hope you never spend hours debugging your code because of bad stack traces or asynchronous and opaque execution engines.

Fast and Lean

PyTorch has minimal framework overhead. We integrate acceleration libraries such as Intel MKL and NVIDIA (cuDNN, NCCL) to maximize speed. At the core, its CPU and GPU Tensor and neural network backends are mature and have been tested for years.

Hence, PyTorch is quite fast – whether you run small or large neural networks.

The memory usage in PyTorch is extremely efficient compared to Torch or some of the alternatives. We've written custom memory allocators for the GPU to make sure that your deep learning models are maximally memory efficient. This enables you to train bigger deep learning models than before.

Extensions Without Pain

Writing new neural network modules, or interfacing with PyTorch's Tensor API was designed to be straightforward and with minimal abstractions.

You can write new neural network layers in Python using the torch API or your favorite NumPy-based libraries such as SciPy.

If you want to write your layers in C/C++, we provide a convenient extension API that is efficient and with minimal boilerplate. No wrapper code needs to be written. You can see a tutorial here and an example here.



Commands to install binaries via Conda or pip wheels are on our website:

NVIDIA Jetson Platforms

Python wheels for NVIDIA's Jetson Nano, Jetson TX2, and Jetson AGX Xavier are available via the following URLs:

  • Stable binaries:
    • Python 3.6:
  • Rolling weekly binaries:
    • Python 3.6:

They require JetPack 4.2 and above, and @dusty-nv maintains them

From Source

If you are installing from source, you will need Python 3.6.2 or later and a C++14 compiler. Also, we highly recommend installing an Anaconda environment. You will get a high-quality BLAS library (MKL) and you get controlled dependency versions regardless of your Linux distro.

Once you have Anaconda installed, here are the instructions.

If you want to compile with CUDA support, install - NVIDIA CUDA 10.2 or above - NVIDIA cuDNN v7 or above - Compiler compatible with CUDA Note: You could refer to the cuDNN Support Matrix for cuDNN versions with the various supported CUDA, CUDA driver and NVIDIA hardwares

If you want to disable CUDA support, export environment variable

. Other potentially useful environment variables may be found in

If you are building for NVIDIA's Jetson platforms (Jetson Nano, TX1, TX2, AGX Xavier), Instructions to install PyTorch for Jetson Nano are available here

If you want to compile with ROCm support, install - AMD ROCm 4.0 and above installation - ROCm is currently supported only for Linux system.

If you want to disable ROCm support, export environment variable

. Other potentially useful environment variables may be found in

Install Dependencies


conda install astunparse numpy ninja pyyaml mkl mkl-include setuptools cmake cffi typing_extensions future six requests dataclasses

On Linux ```bash

CUDA only: Add LAPACK support for the GPU if needed

conda install -c pytorch magma-cuda110 # or the magma-cuda* that matches your CUDA version from ```

On MacOS ```bash

Add these packages if torch.distributed is needed

conda install pkg-config libuv ```

On Windows ```bash

Add these packages if torch.distributed is needed.

Distributed package support on Windows is a prototype feature and is subject to changes.

conda install -c conda-forge libuv=1.39 ```

Get the PyTorch Source

git clone --recursive
cd pytorch
# if you are updating an existing checkout
git submodule sync
git submodule update --init --recursive --jobs 0

Install PyTorch

On Linux

export CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=${CONDA_PREFIX:-"$(dirname $(which conda))/../"}
python install

Note that if you are compiling for ROCm, you must run this command first:

python tools/amd_build/

Note that if you are using Anaconda, you may experience an error caused by the linker:

build/temp.linux-x86_64-3.7/torch/csrc/stub.o: file not recognized: file format not recognized
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
error: command 'g++' failed with exit status 1

This is caused by

from Conda environment shadowing the system
. You should use a newer version of Python that fixes this issue. The recommended Python version is 3.6.10+, 3.7.6+ and 3.8.1+.

On macOS

export CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=${CONDA_PREFIX:-"$(dirname $(which conda))/../"}
MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.9 CC=clang CXX=clang++ python install

CUDA is not supported on macOS.

On Windows

Choose Correct Visual Studio Version.

Sometimes there are regressions in new versions of Visual Studio, so it's best to use the same Visual Studio Version 16.8.5 as Pytorch CI's. You can use Visual Studio Enterprise, Professional or Community though PyTorch CI uses Visual Studio BuildTools.

If you want to build legacy python code, please refer to Building on legacy code and CUDA

Build with CPU

It's fairly easy to build with CPU.

Note on OpenMP: The desired OpenMP implementation is Intel OpenMP (iomp). In order to link against iomp, you'll need to manually download the library and set up the building environment by tweaking

. The instruction here is an example for setting up both MKL and Intel OpenMP. Without these configurations for CMake, Microsoft Visual C OpenMP runtime (vcomp) will be used.

Build with CUDA

NVTX is needed to build Pytorch with CUDA. NVTX is a part of CUDA distributive, where it is called "Nsight Compute". To install it onto already installed CUDA run CUDA installation once again and check the corresponding checkbox. Make sure that CUDA with Nsight Compute is installed after Visual Studio.

Currently, VS 2017 / 2019, and Ninja are supported as the generator of CMake. If

is detected in
, then Ninja will be used as the default generator, otherwise, it will use VS 2017 / 2019.
If Ninja is selected as the generator, the latest MSVC will get selected as the underlying toolchain.

Additional libraries such as Magma, oneDNN, a.k.a MKLDNN or DNNL, and Sccache are often needed. Please refer to the installation-helper to install them.

You can refer to the build_pytorch.bat script for some other environment variables configurations


:: Set the environment variables after you have downloaded and upzipped the mkl package, :: else CMake would throw error as Could NOT find OpenMP. set CMAKE_INCLUDE_PATH={Your directory}\mkl\include set LIB={Your directory}\mkl\lib;%LIB%

:: Read the content in the previous section carefully before you proceed. :: [Optional] If you want to override the underlying toolset used by Ninja and Visual Studio with CUDA, please run the following script block. :: "Visual Studio 2019 Developer Command Prompt" will be run automatically. :: Make sure you have CMake >= 3.12 before you do this when you use the Visual Studio generator. set CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET_VERSION=14.27 set DISTUTILS_USE_SDK=1 for /f "usebackq tokens=*" %i in ("%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Visual Studio\Installer\vswhere.exe" -version [15^,17^) -products * -latest -property installationPath) do call "%i\VC\Auxiliary\Build\vcvarsall.bat" x64 -vcvars_ver=%CMAKE_GENERATOR_TOOLSET_VERSION%

:: [Optional] If you want to override the CUDA host compiler set CUDAHOSTCXX=C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Community\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.27.29110\bin\HostX64\x64\cl.exe

python install

Adjust Build Options (Optional)

You can adjust the configuration of cmake variables optionally (without building first), by doing the following. For example, adjusting the pre-detected directories for CuDNN or BLAS can be done with such a step.

On Linux

export CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=${CONDA_PREFIX:-"$(dirname $(which conda))/../"}
python build --cmake-only
ccmake build  # or cmake-gui build

On macOS

export CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=${CONDA_PREFIX:-"$(dirname $(which conda))/../"}
MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.9 CC=clang CXX=clang++ python build --cmake-only
ccmake build  # or cmake-gui build

Docker Image

Using pre-built images

You can also pull a pre-built docker image from Docker Hub and run with docker v19.03+

docker run --gpus all --rm -ti --ipc=host pytorch/pytorch:latest

Please note that PyTorch uses shared memory to share data between processes, so if torch multiprocessing is used (e.g. for multithreaded data loaders) the default shared memory segment size that container runs with is not enough, and you should increase shared memory size either with

command line options to
nvidia-docker run

Building the image yourself

NOTE: Must be built with a docker version > 18.06


is supplied to build images with CUDA 11.1 support and cuDNN v8. You can pass
make variable to specify which Python version is to be used by Miniconda, or leave it unset to use the default. ```bash make -f docker.Makefile

images are tagged as${yourdockerusername}/pytorch

### Building the Documentation

To build documentation in various formats, you will need Sphinx and the readthedocs theme.

```bash cd docs/ pip install -r requirements.txt

You can then build the documentation by running

from the
folder. Run
to get a list of all available output formats.

If you get a katex error run

npm install katex
. If it persists, try
npm install -g katex

Previous Versions

Installation instructions and binaries for previous PyTorch versions may be found on our website.

Getting Started

Three-pointers to get you started: - Tutorials: get you started with understanding and using PyTorch - Examples: easy to understand PyTorch code across all domains - The API Reference - Glossary



  • Forums: Discuss implementations, research, etc.
  • GitHub Issues: Bug reports, feature requests, install issues, RFCs, thoughts, etc.
  • Slack: The PyTorch Slack hosts a primary audience of moderate to experienced PyTorch users and developers for general chat, online discussions, collaboration, etc. If you are a beginner looking for help, the primary medium is PyTorch Forums. If you need a slack invite, please fill this form:
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Releases and Contributing

PyTorch has a 90-day release cycle (major releases). Please let us know if you encounter a bug by filing an issue.

We appreciate all contributions. If you are planning to contribute back bug-fixes, please do so without any further discussion.

If you plan to contribute new features, utility functions, or extensions to the core, please first open an issue and discuss the feature with us. Sending a PR without discussion might end up resulting in a rejected PR because we might be taking the core in a different direction than you might be aware of.

To learn more about making a contribution to Pytorch, please see our Contribution page.

The Team

PyTorch is a community-driven project with several skillful engineers and researchers contributing to it.

PyTorch is currently maintained by Adam Paszke, Sam Gross, Soumith Chintala and Gregory Chanan with major contributions coming from hundreds of talented individuals in various forms and means. A non-exhaustive but growing list needs to mention: Trevor Killeen, Sasank Chilamkurthy, Sergey Zagoruyko, Adam Lerer, Francisco Massa, Alykhan Tejani, Luca Antiga, Alban Desmaison, Andreas Koepf, James Bradbury, Zeming Lin, Yuandong Tian, Guillaume Lample, Marat Dukhan, Natalia Gimelshein, Christian Sarofeen, Martin Raison, Edward Yang, Zachary Devito.

Note: This project is unrelated to hughperkins/pytorch with the same name. Hugh is a valuable contributor to the Torch community and has helped with many things Torch and PyTorch.


PyTorch has a BSD-style license, as found in the LICENSE file.

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