Build from source on Windows

Build a TensorFlow pip package from source and install it on Windows.

Setup for Windows

Install the following build tools to configure your Windows development environment.

Install Python and the TensorFlow package dependencies

Install a Python 3.5.x or Python 3.6.x 64-bit release for Windows. Select pip as an optional feature and add it to your %PATH% environmental variable.

Install the TensorFlow pip package dependencies:

pip3 install six numpy wheel
pip3 install keras_applications==1.0.5 --no-deps
pip3 install keras_preprocessing==1.0.3 --no-deps

The dependencies are listed in the file under REQUIRED_PACKAGES.

Install Bazel

Install Bazel, the build tool used to compile TensorFlow.

Add the location of the Bazel executable to your %PATH% environment variable.

Install MSYS2

Install MSYS2 for the bin tools needed to build TensorFlow. If MSYS2 is installed to C:\msys64, add C:\msys64\usr\bin to your %PATH% environment variable. Then, using cmd.exe, run:

pacman -S git patch unzip

Install Visual C++ Build Tools 2015

Install the Visual C++ build tools 2015. This comes with Visual Studio 2015 but can be installed separately:

  1. Go to the Visual Studio downloads,
  2. Select Redistributables and Build Tools,
  3. Download the Microsoft Build Tools 2015 Update 3, and
  4. Run the installer.

Install GPU support (optional)

See the Windows GPU support guide to install the drivers and additional software required to run TensorFlow on a GPU.

Download the TensorFlow source code

Use Git to clone the TensorFlow repository (git in installed with MSYS2):

git clone
cd tensorflow

The repo defaults to the master development branch. You can also checkout a release branch to build:

git checkout branch_name  # r1.9, r1.10, etc.

To test your copy of the source tree, run the following test (this may take a while):

bazel test -c opt -- //tensorflow/... -//tensorflow/compiler/... -//tensorflow/contrib/lite/...

Configure the build

Configure your system build by running the following at the root of your TensorFlow source tree:

python ./

This script prompts you for the location of TensorFlow dependencies and asks for additional build configuration options (compiler flags, for example). The following shows a sample run of python ./ (your session may differ):

Configuration options

For GPU support, specify the versions of CUDA and cuDNN. If your system has multiple versions of CUDA or cuDNN installed, explicitly set the version instead of relying on the default. ./ creates symbolic links to your system's CUDA libraries—so if you update your CUDA library paths, this configuration step must be run again before building.

Build the pip package

Bazel build


Use bazel to make the TensorFlow package builder with CPU-only support:

bazel build --config=opt //tensorflow/tools/pip_package:build_pip_package

GPU support

To make the TensorFlow package builder with GPU support:

bazel build --config=opt --config=cuda //tensorflow/tools/pip_package:build_pip_package

Bazel build options

Building TensorFlow from source can use a lot of RAM. If your system is memory-constrained, limit Bazel's RAM usage with: --local_resources 2048,.5,1.0.

If building with GPU support, add --copt=-nvcc_options=disable-warnings to suppress nvcc warning messages.

Build the package

The bazel build command creates an executable named build_pip_package—this is the program that builds the pip package. For example, the following builds a .whl package in the C:/tmp/tensorflow_pkg directory:

bazel-bin\tensorflow\tools\pip_package\build_pip_package C:/tmp/tensorflow_pkg

Although it is possible to build both CUDA and non-CUDA configs under the same source tree, we recommend running bazel clean when switching between these two configurations in the same source tree.

Install the package

The filename of the generated .whl file depends on the TensorFlow version and your platform. Use pip3 install to install the package, for example:

pip3 install C:/tmp/tensorflow_pkg/tensorflow-version-cp36-cp36m-win_amd64.whl

Build using the MSYS shell

TensorFlow can also be built using the MSYS shell. Make the changes listed below, then follow the previous instructions for the Windows native command line (cmd.exe).

Disable MSYS path conversion

MSYS automatically converts arguments that look like Unix paths to Windows paths, and this doesn't work with bazel. (The label //foo/bar:bin is considered a Unix absolute path since it starts with a slash.)

export MSYS2_ARG_CONV_EXCL="*"

Set your PATH

Add the Bazel and Python installation directories to your $PATH environmental variable. If Bazel is installed to C:\tools\bazel.exe, and Python to C:\Python36\python.exe, set your PATH with:

# Use Unix-style with ':' as separator
export PATH="/c/tools:$PATH"
export PATH="/c/Python36:$PATH"

For GPU support, add the CUDA and cuDNN bin directories to your $PATH:

export PATH="/c/Program Files/NVIDIA GPU Computing Toolkit/CUDA/v9.0/bin:$PATH"
export PATH="/c/Program Files/NVIDIA GPU Computing Toolkit/CUDA/v9.0/extras/CUPTI/libx64:$PATH"
export PATH="/c/tools/cuda/bin:$PATH"

Tested build configurations

VersionCPU/GPUPython versionCompilerBuild toolscuDNNCUDA
tensorflow-1.10.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.10.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.379
tensorflow-1.9.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.9.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.379
tensorflow-1.8.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.8.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.379
tensorflow-1.7.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.7.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.379
tensorflow-1.6.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.6.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.379
tensorflow-1.5.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.5.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.379
tensorflow-1.4.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.4.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.368
tensorflow-1.3.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.3.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.368
tensorflow-1.2.0CPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.2.0GPU3.5-3.6MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.35.18
tensorflow-1.1.0CPU3.5MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.1.0GPU3.5MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.35.18
tensorflow-1.0.0CPU3.5MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.3N/AN/A
tensorflow_gpu-1.0.0GPU3.5MSVC 2015 update 3Cmake v3.6.35.18