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CRF-RNN for Semantic Image Segmentation - Keras/Tensorflow version


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This repository contains Keras/Tensorflow code for the "CRF-RNN" semantic image segmentation method, published in the ICCV 2015 paper Conditional Random Fields as Recurrent Neural Networks. The online demo of this project won the Best Demo Prize at ICCV 2015. Results of this Keras/Tensorflow code are identical to that of the Caffe and PyTorch based versions above.

If you use this code/model for your research, please cite the following paper:

    author = {Shuai Zheng and Sadeep Jayasumana and Bernardino Romera-Paredes and Vibhav Vineet and
    Zhizhong Su and Dalong Du and Chang Huang and Philip H. S. Torr},
    title  = {Conditional Random Fields as Recurrent Neural Networks},
    booktitle = {International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
    year   = {2015}

Installation Guide

Step 1: Clone the repository

$ git clone

The root directory of the clone will be referred to as crfasrnn_keras hereafter.

Step 2: Install dependencies

Note: If you are using a Python virtualenv, make sure it is activated before running each command in this guide.

Use the requirements.txt file (or requirements_gpu.txt, if you have a GPU device) in this repository to install all the dependencies via pip:

$ cd crfasrnn_keras
$ pip install -r requirements.txt  # If you have a GPU device, use requirements_gpu.txt instead

As you can notice from the contents of requirements.txt, we only depend on tensorflow, keras, and h5py. Additionally, Pillow is required for running the demo. After installing the dependencies, run the following commands to make sure they are properly installed:

$ python
>>> import tensorflow
>>> import keras

You should not see any errors while importing tensorflow and keras above.

Step 3: Build CRF-RNN custom op C++ code

Run make inside the crfasrnn_keras/src/cpp directory:

$ cd crfasrnn_keras/src/cpp
$ make

Note that the python command in the console should refer to the Python interpreter associated with your Tensorflow installation before running the make command above.

You will get a new file named from this build. If it fails, refer to the official Tensorflow guide for building a custom op for help.

Note: This make script works on Linux and macOS, but not on Windows OS. If you are on Windows, please check this issue and the comments therein for build instructions. The official Tensorflow guide for building a custom op does not yet include build instructions for Windows.

Step 4: Download the pre-trained model weights

Download the model weights from here and place it in the crfasrnn_keras directory with the file name crfrnn_keras_model.h5.

Step 5: Run the demo

$ cd crfasrnn_keras
$ python

If all goes well, you will see the segmentation results in a file named "labels.png".


  1. Current implementation of the CrfRnnLayer only supports batch_size == 1
  2. An experimental GPU version of the CrfRnnLayer that has been tested on CUDA 9 and Tensorflow 1.7 only, is available under the gpu_support branch. This code was contributed by thwjoy.
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