# Use Models¶

Models (and their sub-models) in detectron2 are built by functions such as build_model, build_backbone, build_roi_heads:

from detectron2.modeling import build_model
model = build_model(cfg)  # returns a torch.nn.Module


build_model only builds the model structure, and fill it with random parameters. See below for how to load an existing checkpoint to the model, and how to use the model object.

## Load/Save a Checkpoint¶

from detectron2.checkpoint import DetectionCheckpointer
DetectionCheckpointer(model).load(file_path)   # load a file to model

checkpointer = DetectionCheckpointer(model, save_dir="output")
checkpointer.save("model_999")  # save to output/model_999.pth


Detectron2’s checkpointer recognizes models in pytorch’s .pth format, as well as the .pkl files in our model zoo. See API doc for more details about its usage.

The model files can be arbitrarily manipulated using torch.{load,save} for .pth files or pickle.{dump,load} for .pkl files.

## Use a Model¶

A model can be called by outputs = model(inputs), where inputs is a list[dict]. Each dict corresponds to one image and the required keys depend on the type of model, and whether the model is in training or evaluation mode. For example, in order to do inference, all existing models expect the “image” key, and optionally “height” and “width”. The detailed format of inputs and outputs of existing models are explained below.

When in training mode, all models are required to be used under an EventStorage. The training statistics will be put into the storage:

from detectron2.utils.events import EventStorage
with EventStorage() as storage:
losses = model(inputs)


If you only want to do simple inference using an existing model, DefaultPredictor is a wrapper around model that provides such basic functionality. It includes default behavior including model loading, preprocessing, and operates on single image rather than batches.

## Model Input Format¶

Users can implement custom models that support any arbitrary input format. Here we describe the standard input format that all builtin models support in detectron2. They all take a list[dict] as the inputs. Each dict corresponds to information about one image.

The dict may contain the following keys:

• “image”: Tensor in (C, H, W) format. The meaning of channels are defined by cfg.INPUT.FORMAT. Image normalization, if any, will be performed inside the model using cfg.MODEL.PIXEL_{MEAN,STD}.

• “instances”: an Instances object, with the following fields:

• “gt_boxes”: a Boxes object storing N boxes, one for each instance.

• “gt_classes”: Tensor of long type, a vector of N labels, in range [0, num_categories).

• “gt_masks”: a PolygonMasks or BitMasks object storing N masks, one for each instance.

• “gt_keypoints”: a Keypoints object storing N keypoint sets, one for each instance.

• “proposals”: an Instances object used only in Fast R-CNN style models, with the following fields:

• “proposal_boxes”: a Boxes object storing P proposal boxes.

• “objectness_logits”: Tensor, a vector of P scores, one for each proposal.

• “height”, “width”: the desired output height and width, which is not necessarily the same as the height or width of the image input field. For example, the image input field might be a resized image, but you may want the outputs to be in original resolution.

If provided, the model will produce output in this resolution, rather than in the resolution of the image as input into the model. This is more efficient and accurate.

• “sem_seg”: Tensor[int] in (H, W) format. The semantic segmentation ground truth. Values represent category labels starting from 0.

### How it connects to data loader:¶

The output of the default DatasetMapper is a dict that follows the above format. After the data loader performs batching, it becomes list[dict] which the builtin models support.

## Model Output Format¶

When in training mode, the builtin models output a dict[str->ScalarTensor] with all the losses.

When in inference mode, the builtin models output a list[dict], one dict for each image. Based on the tasks the model is doing, each dict may contain the following fields:

• “instances”: Instances object with the following fields:

• “pred_boxes”: Boxes object storing N boxes, one for each detected instance.

• “scores”: Tensor, a vector of N scores.

• “pred_classes”: Tensor, a vector of N labels in range [0, num_categories).

• “pred_masks”: a Tensor of shape (N, H, W), masks for each detected instance.

• “pred_keypoints”: a Tensor of shape (N, num_keypoint, 3). Each row in the last dimension is (x, y, score). Scores are larger than 0.

• “sem_seg”: Tensor of (num_categories, H, W), the semantic segmentation prediction.

• “proposals”: Instances object with the following fields:

• “proposal_boxes”: Boxes object storing N boxes.

• “objectness_logits”: a torch vector of N scores.

• “panoptic_seg”: A tuple of (Tensor, list[dict]). The tensor has shape (H, W), where each element represent the segment id of the pixel. Each dict describes one segment id and has the following fields:

• “id”: the segment id

• “isthing”: whether the segment is a thing or stuff

• “category_id”: the category id of this segment. It represents the thing class id when isthing==True, and the stuff class id otherwise.

## Partially execute a model:¶

Sometimes you may want to obtain an intermediate tensor inside a model. Since there are typically hundreds of intermediate tensors, there isn’t an API that provides you the intermediate result you need. You have the following options:

1. Write a (sub)model. Following the tutorial, you can rewrite a model component (e.g. a head of a model), such that it does the same thing as the existing component, but returns the output you need.

2. Partially execute a model. You can create the model as usual, but use custom code to execute it instead of its forward(). For example, the following code obtains mask features before mask head.

images = ImageList.from_tensors(...)  # preprocessed input tensor
model = build_model(cfg)
features = model.backbone(images.tensor)
proposals, _ = model.proposal_generator(images, features)
instances = model.roi_heads._forward_box(features, proposals)
mask_features = [features[f] for f in model.roi_heads.in_features]