Callback to save the Keras model or model weights at some frequency.

Inherits From: Callback

Used in the notebooks

Used in the guide Used in the tutorials

ModelCheckpoint callback is used in conjunction with training using to save a model or weights (in a checkpoint file) at some interval, so the model or weights can be loaded later to continue the training from the state saved.

A few options this callback provides include:

  • Whether to only keep the model that has achieved the "best performance" so far, or whether to save the model at the end of every epoch regardless of performance.
  • Definition of 'best'; which quantity to monitor and whether it should be maximized or minimized.
  • The frequency it should save at. Currently, the callback supports saving at the end of every epoch, or after a fixed number of training batches.
  • Whether only weights are saved, or the whole model is saved.


checkpoint_filepath = '/tmp/checkpoint'
model_checkpoint_callback = tf.keras.callbacks.ModelCheckpoint(

# Model weights are saved at the end of every epoch, if it's the best seen
# so far., callbacks=[model_checkpoint_callback])

# The model weights (that are considered the best) are loaded into the model.

filepath string or PathLike, path to save the model file. filepath can contain named formatting options, which will be filled the value of epoch and keys in logs (passed in on_epoch_end). For example: if filepath is weights.{epoch:02d}-{val_loss:.2f}.hdf5, then the model checkpoints will be saved with the epoch number and the validation loss in the filename.
monitor quantity to monitor.
verbose verbosity mode, 0 or 1.
save_best_only if save_best_only=True, the latest best model according to the quantity monitored will not be overwritten. If filepath doesn't contain formatting options like {epoch} then filepath will be overwritten by each new better model.
mode one of {auto, min, max}. If save_best_only=True, the decision to overwrite the current save file is made based on either the maximization or the minimization of the monitored quantity. For val_acc, this should be max, for val_loss this should be min, etc. In auto mode, the direction is automatically inferred from the name of the monitored quantity.
save_weights_only if True, then only the model's weights will be saved (model.save_weights(filepath)), else the full model is saved (
save_freq 'epoch' or integer. When using 'epoch', the callback saves the model after each epoch. When using integer, the callback saves the model at end of this many batches. If the Model is compiled with experimental_steps_per_execution=N, then the saving criteria will be checked every Nth batch. Note that if the saving isn't aligned to epochs, the monitored metric may potentially be less reliable (it could reflect as little as 1 batch, since the metrics get reset every epoch). Defaults to 'epoch'.
options Optional tf.train.CheckpointOptions object if save_weights_only is true or optional tf.saved_model.SavedOptions object if save_weights_only is false.
**kwargs Additional arguments for backwards compatibility. Possible key is period.



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