Recreates a Graph saved in a MetaGraphDef proto.

This function takes a MetaGraphDef protocol buffer as input. If the argument is a file containing a MetaGraphDef protocol buffer , it constructs a protocol buffer from the file content. The function then adds all the nodes from the graph_def field to the current graph, recreates all the collections, and returns a saver constructed from the saver_def field.

In combination with export_meta_graph(), this function can be used to

  • Serialize a graph along with other Python objects such as QueueRunner, Variable into a MetaGraphDef.

  • Restart training from a saved graph and checkpoints.

  • Run inference from a saved graph and checkpoints.

# Create a saver.
saver = tf.compat.v1.train.Saver(...variables...)
# Remember the training_op we want to run by adding it to a collection.
tf.compat.v1.add_to_collection('train_op', train_op)
sess = tf.compat.v1.Session()
for step in xrange(1000000):
    if step % 1000 == 0:
        # Saves checkpoint, which by default also exports a meta_graph
        # named 'my-model-global_step.meta'., 'my-model', global_step=step)

Later we can continue training from this saved meta_graph without building the model from scratch.

with tf.Session() as sess:
  new_saver =
  new_saver.restore(sess, 'my-save-dir/my-model-10000')
  # tf.get_collection() returns a list. In this example we only want
  # the first one.
  train_op = tf.get_collection('train_op')[0]
  for step in xrange(1000000):


Variables, placeholders, and independent operations can also be stored