import torch
model = torch.hub.load('pytorch/vision:v0.10.0', 'deeplabv3_resnet50', pretrained=True)
# or any of these variants
# model = torch.hub.load('pytorch/vision:v0.10.0', 'deeplabv3_resnet101', pretrained=True)
# model = torch.hub.load('pytorch/vision:v0.10.0', 'deeplabv3_mobilenet_v3_large', pretrained=True)

All pre-trained models expect input images normalized in the same way, i.e. mini-batches of 3-channel RGB images of shape (N, 3, H, W), where N is the number of images, H and W are expected to be at least 224 pixels. The images have to be loaded in to a range of [0, 1] and then normalized using mean = [0.485, 0.456, 0.406] and std = [0.229, 0.224, 0.225].

The model returns an OrderedDict with two Tensors that are of the same height and width as the input Tensor, but with 21 classes. output['out'] contains the semantic masks, and output['aux'] contains the auxiliary loss values per-pixel. In inference mode, output['aux'] is not useful. So, output['out'] is of shape (N, 21, H, W). More documentation can be found here.

# Download an example image from the pytorch website
import urllib
url, filename = ("", "deeplab1.png")
try: urllib.URLopener().retrieve(url, filename)
except: urllib.request.urlretrieve(url, filename)
# sample execution (requires torchvision)
from PIL import Image
from torchvision import transforms
input_image =
input_image = input_image.convert("RGB")
preprocess = transforms.Compose([
    transforms.Normalize(mean=[0.485, 0.456, 0.406], std=[0.229, 0.224, 0.225]),

input_tensor = preprocess(input_image)
input_batch = input_tensor.unsqueeze(0) # create a mini-batch as expected by the model

# move the input and model to GPU for speed if available
if torch.cuda.is_available():
    input_batch ='cuda')'cuda')

with torch.no_grad():
    output = model(input_batch)['out'][0]
output_predictions = output.argmax(0)

The output here is of shape (21, H, W), and at each location, there are unnormalized probabilities corresponding to the prediction of each class. To get the maximum prediction of each class, and then use it for a downstream task, you can do output_predictions = output.argmax(0).

Here’s a small snippet that plots the predictions, with each color being assigned to each class (see the visualized image on the left).

# create a color pallette, selecting a color for each class
palette = torch.tensor([2 ** 25 - 1, 2 ** 15 - 1, 2 ** 21 - 1])
colors = torch.as_tensor([i for i in range(21)])[:, None] * palette
colors = (colors % 255).numpy().astype("uint8")

# plot the semantic segmentation predictions of 21 classes in each color
r = Image.fromarray(output_predictions.byte().cpu().numpy()).resize(input_image.size)

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

Model Description

Deeplabv3-ResNet is constructed by a Deeplabv3 model using a ResNet-50 or ResNet-101 backbone. Deeplabv3-MobileNetV3-Large is constructed by a Deeplabv3 model using the MobileNetV3 large backbone. The pre-trained model has been trained on a subset of COCO train2017, on the 20 categories that are present in the Pascal VOC dataset.

Their accuracies of the pre-trained models evaluated on COCO val2017 dataset are listed below.

Model structure Mean IOU Global Pixelwise Accuracy
deeplabv3_resnet50 66.4 92.4
deeplabv3_resnet101 67.4 92.4
deeplabv3_mobilenet_v3_large 60.3 91.2