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A clean and scalable template to kickstart your deep learning project πŸš€βš‘πŸ”₯
Click on Use this template to initialize new repository.

Suggestions are always welcome!

πŸ“ŒΒ Β Introduction

This template tries to be as general as possible – you can easily delete any unwanted features from the pipeline or rewire the configuration, by modifying behavior in src/

Effective usage of this template requires learning of a couple of technologies: PyTorch, PyTorch Lightning and Hydra. Knowledge of some experiment logging framework like Weights&Biases, Neptune or MLFlow is also recommended.

Why you should use it: it allows you to rapidly iterate over new models/datasets and scale your projects from small single experiments to hyperparameter searches on computing clusters, without writing any boilerplate code. To my knowledge, it’s one of the most convenient all-in-one technology stack for Deep Learning research. Good starting point for reproducing papers, kaggle competitions or small-team research projects. It’s also a collection of best practices for efficient workflow and reproducibility.

Why you shouldn’t use it: this template is not fitted to be a production environment, should be used more as a fast experimentation tool. Also, even though Lightning is very flexible, it’s not well suited for every possible deep learning task. See #Limitations for more.

Why PyTorch Lightning?

PyTorch Lightning is a lightweight PyTorch wrapper for high-performance AI research.
It makes your code neatly organized and provides lots of useful features, like ability to run model on CPU, GPU, multi-GPU cluster and TPU.

Why Hydra?

Hydra is an open-source Python framework that simplifies the development of research and other complex applications. The key feature is the ability to dynamically create a hierarchical configuration by composition and override it through config files and the command line. It allows you to conveniently manage experiments and provides many useful plugins, like Optuna Sweeper for hyperparameter search, or Ray Launcher for running jobs on a cluster.

Main Ideas Of This Template

  • Predefined Structure: clean and scalable so that work can easily be extended and replicated | #Project Structure
  • Rapid Experimentation: thanks to automating pipeline with config files and hydra command line superpowers | #Your Superpowers
  • Reproducibility: obtaining similar results is supported in multiple ways | #Reproducibility
  • Little Boilerplate: so pipeline can be easily modified | #How It Works
  • Main Configuration: main config file specifies default training configuration | #Main Project Configuration
  • Experiment Configurations: can be composed out of smaller configs and override chosen hyperparameters | #Experiment Configuration
  • Workflow: comes down to 4 simple steps | #Workflow
  • Experiment Tracking: many logging frameworks can be easily integrated, like Tensorboard, MLFlow or W&B | #Experiment Tracking
  • Logs: all logs (checkpoints, data from loggers, hparams, etc.) are stored in a convenient folder structure imposed by Hydra | #Logs
  • Hyperparameter Search: made easier with Hydra built-in plugins like Optuna Sweeper | #Hyperparameter Search
  • Tests: unit tests and shell/command based tests for speeding up the development | #Tests
  • Best Practices: a couple of recommended tools, practices and standards for efficient workflow and reproducibility | #Best Practices

Project Structure

The directory structure of new project looks like this:

β”œβ”€β”€ bash                    <- Bash scripts
β”‚   └──             <- Schedule execution of many runs
β”œβ”€β”€ configs                 <- Hydra configuration files
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ callbacks               <- Callbacks configs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ datamodule              <- Datamodule configs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ experiment              <- Experiment configs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ hparams_search          <- Hyperparameter search configs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ local                   <- Local configs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ logger                  <- Logger configs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ mode                    <- Running mode configs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ model                   <- Model configs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ trainer                 <- Trainer configs
β”‚   β”‚
β”‚   └── config.yaml             <- Main project configuration file
β”œβ”€β”€ data                    <- Project data
β”œβ”€β”€ logs                    <- Logs generated by Hydra and PyTorch Lightning loggers
β”œβ”€β”€ notebooks               <- Jupyter notebooks. Naming convention is a number (for ordering),
β”‚                              the creator's initials, and a short `-` delimited description, e.g.
β”‚                              `1.0-jqp-initial-data-exploration.ipynb`.
β”œβ”€β”€ tests                   <- Tests of any kind
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ helpers                 <- A couple of testing utilities
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ shell                   <- Shell/command based tests
β”‚   └── unit                    <- Unit tests
β”œβ”€β”€ src
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ callbacks               <- Lightning callbacks
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ datamodules             <- Lightning datamodules
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ models                  <- Lightning models
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ utils                   <- Utility scripts
β”‚   β”‚
β”‚   └──                <- Training pipeline
β”œβ”€β”€                  <- Run pipeline with chosen experiment configuration
β”œβ”€β”€ .env.example            <- Template of the file for storing private environment variables
β”œβ”€β”€ .gitignore              <- List of files/folders ignored by git
β”œβ”€β”€ .pre-commit-config.yaml <- Configuration of automatic code formatting
β”œβ”€β”€ setup.cfg               <- Configurations of linters and pytest
β”œβ”€β”€ requirements.txt        <- File for installing python dependencies

πŸš€Β Β Quickstart

# clone project
git clone
cd lightning-hydra-template

# [OPTIONAL] create conda environment
conda create -n myenv python=3.8
conda activate myenv

# install pytorch according to instructions

# install requirements
pip install -r requirements.txt

Template contains example with MNIST classification.
When running python you should see something like this:

⚑  Your Superpowers

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Override any config parameter from command line

Hydra allows you to easily overwrite any parameter defined in your config.

python trainer.max_epochs=20

You can also add new parameters with + sign.

python +model.new_param="uwu"
Train on CPU, GPU, multi-GPU and TPU

PyTorch Lightning makes it easy to train your models on different hardware.

# train on CPU
python trainer.gpus=0

# train on 1 GPU
python trainer.gpus=1

# train on TPU
python +trainer.tpu_cores=8

# train with DDP (Distributed Data Parallel) (4 GPUs)
python trainer.gpus=4 +trainer.accelerator=ddp

# train with DDP (Distributed Data Parallel) (8 GPUs, 2 nodes)
python trainer.gpus=4 +trainer.num_nodes=2 +trainer.accelerator=ddp
Train with mixed precision

# train with pytorch native automatic mixed precision (AMP)
python trainer.gpus=1 +trainer.precision=16
Train model with any logger available in PyTorch Lightning, like Weights&Biases or Tensorboard

PyTorch Lightning provides convenient integrations with most popular logging frameworks, like Tensorboard, Neptune or simple csv files. Read more here. Using wandb requires you to setup account first. After that just complete the config as below.
> Click here to see example wandb dashboard generated with this template.

# set project and entity names in `configs/logger/wandb`
  project: "your_project_name"
  entity: "your_wandb_team_name"

# train model with Weights&Biases (link to wandb dashboard should appear in the terminal)
python logger=wandb
Use different running modes

# debug mode changes logging folder to `logs/debug/`
# also enables default trainer debugging options from `configs/trainer/debug.yaml`
# also sets level of all command line loggers to 'DEBUG'
python mode=debug

# experiment mode changes logging folder to `logs/experiments/name_of_your_experiment/`
# name is also used by loggers
python mode=exp name='my_new_experiment_253'
Train model with chosen experiment config

Experiment configurations are placed in configs/experiment/.

python experiment=example_simple
Attach some callbacks to run

Callbacks can be used for things such as as model checkpointing, early stopping and many more.
Callbacks configurations are placed in configs/callbacks/.

python callbacks=default
Use different tricks available in Pytorch Lightning

PyTorch Lightning provides about 40+ useful trainer flags.

# gradient clipping may be enabled to avoid exploding gradients
python +trainer.gradient_clip_val=0.5

# stochastic weight averaging can make your models generalize better
python +trainer.stochastic_weight_avg=true

# run validation loop 4 times during a training epoch
python +trainer.val_check_interval=0.25

# accumulate gradients
python +trainer.accumulate_grad_batches=10

# terminate training after 12 hours
python +trainer.max_time="00:12:00:00"
Easily debug

# run in debug mode
# changes logging folder to `logs/debug/...`
# enables trainer debugging options specified in `configs/trainer/debug.yaml`
# sets level of all command line loggers to 'DEBUG'
python mode=debug

# enable trainer debugging options specified in `configs/trainer/debug.yaml`
python trainer=debug

# run 1 train, val and test loop, using only 1 batch
python +trainer.fast_dev_run=true

# raise exception if there are any numerical anomalies in tensors, like NaN or +/-inf
python +trainer.detect_anomaly=true

# print full weight summary of all PyTorch modules
python trainer.weights_summary="full"

# print execution time profiling after training ends
python +trainer.profiler="simple"

# try overfitting to 1 batch
python +trainer.overfit_batches=1 trainer.max_epochs=20

# use only 20% of the data
python +trainer.limit_train_batches=0.2 \
+trainer.limit_val_batches=0.2 +trainer.limit_test_batches=0.2

# log second gradient norm of the model
python +trainer.track_grad_norm=2
Resume training from checkpoint

Checkpoint can be either path or URL. Path should be absolute!

python +trainer.resume_from_checkpoint="/absolute/path/to/ckpt/name.ckpt"

⚠️ Currently loading ckpt in Lightning doesn’t resume logger experiment, but it will be supported in future Lightning release.

Create a sweep over hyperparameters

# this will run 6 experiments one after the other,
# each with different combination of batch_size and learning rate
python -m datamodule.batch_size=32,64,128,0.0005

⚠️ This sweep is not failure resistant (if one job crashes than the whole sweep crashes).

Create a sweep over hyperparameters with Optuna

Using Optuna Sweeper plugin doesn’t require you to code any boilerplate into your pipeline, everything is defined in a single config file!

# this will run hyperparameter search defined in `configs/hparams_search/mnist_optuna.yaml`
# over chosen experiment config
python -m hparams_search=mnist_optuna experiment=example_simple

⚠️ Currently this sweep is not failure resistant (if one job crashes than the whole sweep crashes). Might be supported in future Hydra release.

Execute all experiments from folder

Hydra provides special syntax for controlling behavior of multiruns. Learn more here. The command below executes all experiments from folder configs/experiment/.

python -m 'experiment=glob(*)'
Execute sweep on a remote AWS cluster

This should be achievable with simple config using Ray AWS launcher for Hydra. Example is not yet implemented in this template.

Use Hydra tab completion

Hydra allows you to autocomplete config argument overrides in shell as you write them, by pressing tab key. Learn more here.

🐳  Docker

First you will need to install Nvidia Container Toolkit to enable GPU support.

The template Dockerfile is provided on branch dockerfiles. Copy it to the template root folder.

To build the container use:

docker build -t <project_name> .

To mount the project to the container use:

docker run -v $(pwd):/workspace/project --gpus all -it --rm <project_name>

❀️  Contributions

Have a question? Found a bug? Missing a specific feature? Ran into a problem? Feel free to file a new issue or PR with respective title and description. If you already found a solution to your problem, don’t hesitate to share it. Suggestions for new best practices and tricks are always welcome!

ℹ️  Guide

How To Get Started

How It Works

Every run is initialized by file. All PyTorch Lightning modules are dynamically instantiated from module paths specified in config. Example model config:

_target_: src.models.mnist_model.MNISTLitModel
input_size: 784
lin1_size: 256
lin2_size: 256
lin3_size: 256
output_size: 10
lr: 0.001

Using this config we can instantiate the object with the following line:

model = hydra.utils.instantiate(config.model)

This allows you to easily iterate over new models!
Every time you create a new one, just specify its module path and parameters in appriopriate config file.
The whole pipeline managing the instantiation logic is placed in src/

Main Project Configuration

Location: configs/config.yaml
Main project config contains default training configuration.
It determines how config is composed when simply executing command python
It also specifies everything that shouldn’t be managed by experiment configurations.

Show main project configuration

# specify here default training configuration
  - trainer: default.yaml
  - model: mnist_model.yaml
  - datamodule: mnist_datamodule.yaml
  - callbacks: default.yaml # set this to null if you don't want to use callbacks
  - logger: null # set logger here or use command line (e.g. `python logger=wandb`)

  - mode: default.yaml

  - experiment: null
  - hparams_search: null

# path to original working directory
# hydra hijacks working directory by changing it to the current log directory,
# so it's useful to have this path as a special variable
work_dir: ${hydra:runtime.cwd}

# path to folder with data
data_dir: ${work_dir}/data/

# pretty print config at the start of the run using Rich library
print_config: True

# disable python warnings if they annoy you
ignore_warnings: True

Experiment Configuration

Location: configs/experiment
You should store all your experiment configurations in this folder.
Experiment configurations allow you to overwrite parameters from main project configuration.

Simple example

# to execute this experiment run:
# python experiment=example_simple

  - override /mode: exp.yaml
  - override /trainer: default.yaml
  - override /model: mnist_model.yaml
  - override /datamodule: mnist_datamodule.yaml
  - override /callbacks: default.yaml
  - override /logger: null

# all parameters below will be merged with parameters from default configurations set above
# this allows you to overwrite only specified parameters

# name of the run determines folder name in logs and is accessed by loggers
name: "example_simple"

seed: 12345

  max_epochs: 10
  gradient_clip_val: 0.5

  lin1_size: 128
  lin2_size: 256
  lin3_size: 64
  lr: 0.005

  train_val_test_split: [55_000, 5_000, 10_000]
  batch_size: 64
Show advanced example

# to execute this experiment run:
# python experiment=example_full

  - override /mode: exp.yaml
  - override /trainer: null
  - override /model: null
  - override /datamodule: null
  - override /callbacks: null
  - override /logger: null

# we override default configurations with nulls to prevent them from loading at all
# instead we define all modules and their paths directly in this config,
# so everything is stored in one place

name: "example_full"

seed: 12345

  _target_: pytorch_lightning.Trainer
  gpus: 0
  min_epochs: 1
  max_epochs: 10
  gradient_clip_val: 0.5

  _target_: src.models.mnist_model.MNISTLitModel
  lr: 0.001
  weight_decay: 0.00005
  input_size: 784
  lin1_size: 256
  lin2_size: 256
  lin3_size: 128
  output_size: 10

  _target_: src.datamodules.mnist_datamodule.MNISTDataModule
  data_dir: ${data_dir}
  train_val_test_split: [55_000, 5_000, 10_000]
  batch_size: 64
  num_workers: 0
  pin_memory: False

    _target_: pytorch_lightning.loggers.wandb.WandbLogger
    project: "lightning-hydra-template"
    name: ${name}
    tags: ["best_model", "mnist"]
    notes: "Description of this model."

Local Configuration

Location: configs/local
Some configurations are user/machine/installation specific (e.g. configuration of local cluster, or harddrive paths on a specific machine). For such scenarios, a file configs/local/default.yaml can be created which is automatically loaded but not tracked by Git.

Local Slurm cluster config example

# @package _global_

  - override /hydra/[email protected]_here_: submitit_slurm

data_dir: /mnt/scratch/data/

    timeout_min: 1440
    gpus_per_task: 1
    gres: gpu:1
      MY_VAR: /home/user/my/system/path
      MY_KEY: asdgjhawi8y23ihsghsueity23ihwd


  1. Write your PyTorch Lightning model (see for example)
  2. Write your PyTorch Lightning datamodule (see for example)
  3. Write your experiment config, containing paths to your model and datamodule
  4. Run training with chosen experiment config: python experiment=experiment_name


Hydra creates new working directory for every executed run.
This means your working directory is different for every run, which might not be compatible with some libraries and workflows. By default, logs have the following structure:

β”œβ”€β”€ logs
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ experiments             # Folder for logs generated by experiments
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ experiment_name         # Name of the experiment
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 2021-02-15_16-50-49     # Date of execution
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ .hydra                  # Hydra logs
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ wandb                   # Weights&Biases logs
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ checkpoints             # Training checkpoints
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   └── ...                     # Any other thing saved during training
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   └── ...
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚   β”‚   └── ...
β”‚   β”‚
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ debugs                  # Folder for logs generated during debugging
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 2021-02-15
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 16-50-49
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   └── ...
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚   β”‚   └── ...
β”‚   β”‚
β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ runs                    # Folder for logs generated by normal runs
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 2021-02-15
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 16-50-49
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   └── ...
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚   β”‚   β”‚   └── ...
β”‚   β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚   β”‚   └── ...
β”‚   β”‚
β”‚   └── multiruns               # Folder for logs generated by multiruns (sweeps)
β”‚       β”œβ”€β”€ 2021-02-15_16-50-49
β”‚       β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 0
β”‚       β”‚   β”‚   └── ...
β”‚       β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 1
β”‚       β”‚   β”œβ”€β”€ 2
β”‚       β”‚   └── ...
β”‚       β”œβ”€β”€ ...
β”‚       └── ...

You can change this structure by modifying paths in hydra configuration.

Experiment Tracking

PyTorch Lightning supports the most popular logging frameworks:
Weights&Biases Β· Neptune Β· Comet Β· MLFlow Β· Tensorboard

These tools help you keep track of hyperparameters and output metrics and allow you to compare and visualize results. To use one of them simply complete its configuration in configs/logger and run:

python logger=logger_name

You can use many of them at once (see configs/logger/many_loggers.yaml for example).

You can also write your own logger.

Lightning provides convenient method for logging custom metrics from inside LightningModule. Read the docs here or take a look at MNIST example.

Hyperparameter Search

Defining hyperparameter optimization is as easy as adding new config file to configs/hparams_search.

Show example

  - override /hydra/sweeper: optuna

# choose metric which will be optimized by Optuna
optimized_metric: "val/acc_best"

  # here we define Optuna hyperparameter search
  # it optimizes for value returned from function with @hydra.main decorator
  # learn more here:
    _target_: hydra_plugins.hydra_optuna_sweeper.optuna_sweeper.OptunaSweeper
    storage: null
    study_name: null
    n_jobs: 1

    # 'minimize' or 'maximize' the objective
    direction: maximize

    # number of experiments that will be executed
    n_trials: 20

    # choose Optuna hyperparameter sampler
    # learn more here:
      _target_: optuna.samplers.TPESampler
      seed: 12345
      consider_prior: true
      prior_weight: 1.0
      consider_magic_clip: true
      consider_endpoints: false
      n_startup_trials: 10
      n_ei_candidates: 24
      multivariate: false
      warn_independent_sampling: true

    # define range of hyperparameters
        type: categorical
        choices: [32, 64, 128]
        type: float
        low: 0.0001
        high: 0.2
        type: categorical
        choices: [32, 64, 128, 256, 512]
        type: categorical
        choices: [32, 64, 128, 256, 512]
        type: categorical
        choices: [32, 64, 128, 256, 512]

Next, you can execute it with: python -m hparams_search=mnist_optuna
Using this approach doesn’t require you to add any boilerplate into your pipeline, everything is defined in a single config file. You can use different optimization frameworks integrated with Hydra, like Optuna, Ax or Nevergrad. The optimization_results.yaml will be available under logs/multirun folder.


The following code is an example of loading model from checkpoint and running predictions.

Show example

from PIL import Image
from torchvision import transforms

from src.models.mnist_model import MNISTLitModel

def predict():
    """Example of inference with trained model.
    It loads trained image classification model from checkpoint.
    Then it loads example image and predicts its label.

    # ckpt can be also a URL!
    CKPT_PATH = "last.ckpt"

    # load model from checkpoint
    # model __init__ parameters will be loaded from ckpt automatically
    # you can also pass some parameter explicitly to override it
    trained_model = MNISTLitModel.load_from_checkpoint(checkpoint_path=CKPT_PATH)

    # print model hyperparameters

    # switch to evaluation mode

    # load data
    img ="data/example_img.png").convert("L")  # convert to black and white
    # img ="data/example_img.png").convert("RGB")  # convert to RGB

    # preprocess
    mnist_transforms = transforms.Compose(
            transforms.Resize((28, 28)),
            transforms.Normalize((0.1307,), (0.3081,)),
    img = mnist_transforms(img)
    img = img.reshape((1, *img.size()))  # reshape to form batch of size 1

    # inference
    output = trained_model(img)

if __name__ == "__main__":


Template comes with example tests implemented with pytest library.
To execute them simply run:

# run all tests

# run tests from specific file
pytest tests/shell/

# run all tests except the ones marked as slow
pytest -k "not slow"

To speed up the development, you can once in a while execute tests that run a couple of quick experiments, like training 1 epoch on 25% of data, executing single train/val/test step, etc. Those kind of tests don’t check for any specific output – they exist to simply verify that executing some bash commands doesn’t end up in throwing exceptions. You can find them implemented in tests/shell folder.

You can easily modify the commands in the scripts for your use case. If 1 epoch is too much for your model, then make it run for a couple of batches instead (by using the right trainer flags).


Template contains example callbacks enabling better Weights&Biases integration, which you can use as a reference for writing your own callbacks (see
To support reproducibility:

  • WatchModel
  • UploadCodeAsArtifact
  • UploadCheckpointsAsArtifact

To provide examples of logging custom visualisations with callbacks only:

  • LogConfusionMatrix
  • LogF1PrecRecHeatmap
  • LogImagePredictions

To try all of the callbacks at once, use:

python logger=wandb callbacks=wandb

To see the result of all the callbacks attached, take a look at this experiment dashboard.

Multi-GPU Training

Lightning supports multiple ways of doing distributed training.
The most common one is DDP, which spawns separate process for each GPU and averages gradients between them. To learn about other approaches read lightning docs.

You can run DDP on mnist example with 4 GPUs like this:

python trainer.gpus=4 +trainer.accelerator="ddp"

⚠️ When using DDP you have to be careful how you write your models – learn more here.


What provides reproducibility:

  • Hydra manages your configs
  • Hydra manages your logging paths and makes every executed run store its hyperparameters and config overrides in a separate file in logs
  • Single seed for random number generators in pytorch, numpy and python.random
  • LightningDataModule allows you to encapsulate data split, transformations and default parameters in a single, clean abstraction
  • LightningModule separates your research code from engineering code in a clean way
  • Experiment tracking frameworks take care of logging metrics and hparams, some can also store results and artifacts in cloud
  • Pytorch Lightning takes care of creating training checkpoints
  • Example callbacks for wandb show how you can save and upload a snapshot of codebase every time the run is executed, as well as upload ckpts and track model gradients

You can load the config of previous run using:

python --config-path /logs/runs/.../.hydra/ --config-name config.yaml

The config.yaml from .hydra folder contains all overriden parameters and sections. This approach however is not officially supported by Hydra and doesn’t override the hydra/ part of the config, meaning logging paths will revert to default!


  • Currently, template doesn’t support k-fold cross validation, but it’s possible to achieve it with Lightning Loop interface. See the official example. Implementing it requires rewriting the training pipeline.
  • Pytorch Lightning might not be the best choice for scalable reinforcement learning, it’s probably better to use something like Ray.
  • Currently hyperparameter search with Hydra Optuna Plugin doesn’t support prunning.
  • Hydra changes working directory to new logging folder for every executed run, which might not be compatible with the way some libraries work.

Useful Tricks

Accessing datamodule attributes in model
  1. The simplest way is to pass datamodule attribute directly to model on initialization:

    # ./src/
    datamodule = hydra.utils.instantiate(config.datamodule)
    model = hydra.utils.instantiate(config.model, some_param=datamodule.some_param)

    This is not a very robust solution, since it assumes all your datamodules have some_param attribute available (otherwise the run will crash).

  2. If you only want to access datamodule config, you can simply pass it as an init parameter:

    # ./src/
    model = hydra.utils.instantiate(config.model, dm_conf=config.datamodule)

    Now you can access any datamodule config part like this:

    # ./src/models/
    class MyLitModel(LightningModule):
    	def __init__(self, dm_conf, param1, param2):
    		batch_size = dm_conf.batch_size
  3. If you need to access the datamodule object attributes, a little hacky solution is to add Omegaconf resolver to your datamodule:

    # ./src/datamodules/
    from omegaconf import OmegaConf
    class MyDataModule(LightningDataModule):
    	def __init__(self, param1, param2):
    		self.param1 = param1
    		resolver_name = "datamodule"
    			lambda name: getattr(self, name),

    This way you can reference any datamodule attribute from your config like this:

    # this will return attribute 'param1' from datamodule object
    param1: ${datamodule: param1}

    When later accessing this field, say in your lightning model, it will get automatically resolved based on all resolvers that are registered. Remember not to access this field before datamodule is initialized or it will crash. You also need to set resolve=False in print_config() in or it will throw errors:

    # ./src/
    utils.print_config(config, resolve=False)
Automatic activation of virtual environment and tab completion when entering folder
  1. Create a new file called .autoenv (this name is excluded from version control in .gitignore).
    You can use it to automatically execute shell commands when entering folder. Add some commands to your .autoenv file, like in the example below:

    # activate conda environment
    conda activate myenv
    # activate hydra tab completion for bash
    eval "$(python -sc install=bash)"
    # enable aliases for debugging
    alias debug='python mode=debug'
    alias debug2='python mode=debug trainer.fast_dev_run=false trainer.max_epochs=1 trainer.gpus=0'
    alias debug3='python mode=debug trainer.fast_dev_run=false trainer.max_epochs=1 trainer.gpus=1'
    alias debug_wandb='python mode=debug trainer.fast_dev_run=false trainer.max_epochs=1 trainer.gpus=1 logger=wandb logger.wandb.project=tests'

    (these commands will be executed whenever you’re openning or switching terminal to folder containing .autoenv file)

  2. To setup this automation for bash, execute the following line (it will append your .bashrc file):

    echo "autoenv() { if [ -x .autoenv ]; then source .autoenv ; echo '.autoenv executed' ; fi } ; cd() { builtin cd \"\$@\" ; autoenv ; } ; autoenv" >> ~/.bashrc
  3. Lastly add execution previliges to your .autoenv file:

    chmod +x .autoenv

    (for safety, only .autoenv with previligies will be executed)


The mentioned line appends your .bashrc file with 2 commands:

  1. autoenv() { if [ -x .autoenv ]; then source .autoenv ; echo '.autoenv executed' ; fi } – this declares the autoenv() function, which executes .autoenv file if it exists in current work dir and has execution previligies
  2. cd() { builtin cd \"\[email protected]\" ; autoenv ; } ; autoenv – this extends behaviour of cd command, to make it execute autoenv() function each time you change folder in terminal or open new terminal

Best Practices

Use Miniconda for GPU environments

Use miniconda for your python environments (it’s usually unnecessary to install full anaconda environment, miniconda should be enough).
It makes it easier to install some dependencies, like cudatoolkit for GPU support. It also allows you to acccess your environments globally.

Example installation:


Create new conda environment:

conda create -n myenv python=3.8
conda activate myenv
Use automatic code formatting

Use pre-commit hooks to standardize code formatting of your project and save mental energy.
Simply install pre-commit package with:

pip install pre-commit

Next, install hooks from .pre-commit-config.yaml:

pre-commit install

After that your code will be automatically reformatted on every new commit.
Currently template contains configurations of black (python code formatting), isort (python import sorting), flake8 (python code analysis) and prettier (yaml formating).

To reformat all files in the project use command:

pre-commit run -a
Set private environment variables in .env file

System specific variables (e.g. absolute paths to datasets) should not be under version control or it will result in conflict between different users. Your private keys also shouldn’t be versioned since you don’t want them to be leaked.

Template contains .env.example file, which serves as an example. Create a new file called .env (this name is excluded from version control in .gitignore).
You should use it for storing environment variables like this:


All variables from .env are loaded in automatically.

Hydra allows you to reference any env variable in .yaml configs like this:

path_to_data: ${oc.env:MY_VAR}
Name metrics using ‘/’ character

Depending on which logger you’re using, it’s often useful to define metric name with / character:

self.log("train/loss", loss)

This way loggers will treat your metrics as belonging to different sections, which helps to get them organised in UI.

Use torchmetrics

Use official torchmetrics library to ensure proper calculation of metrics. This is especially important for multi-GPU training!

For example, instead of calculating accuracy by yourself, you should use the provided Accuracy class like this:

from torchmetrics.classification.accuracy import Accuracy

class LitModel(LightningModule):
    def __init__(self)
        self.train_acc = Accuracy()
        self.val_acc = Accuracy()

    def training_step(self, batch, batch_idx):
        acc = self.train_acc(predictions, targets)
        self.log("train/acc", acc)

    def validation_step(self, batch, batch_idx):
        acc = self.val_acc(predictions, targets)
        self.log("val/acc", acc)

Make sure to use different metric instance for each step to ensure proper value reduction over all GPU processes.

Torchmetrics provides metrics for most use cases, like F1 score or confusion matrix. Read documentation for more.

Follow PyTorch Lightning style guide

The style guide is available here.

  1. Be explicit in your init. Try to define all the relevant defaults so that the user doesn’t have to guess. Provide type hints. This way your module is reusable across projects!

    class LitModel(LightningModule):
        def __init__(self, layer_size: int = 256, lr: float = 0.001):
  2. Preserve the recommended method order.

    class LitModel(LightningModule):
        def __init__():
        def forward():
        def training_step():
        def training_step_end():
        def training_epoch_end():
        def validation_step():
        def validation_step_end():
        def validation_epoch_end():
        def test_step():
        def test_step_end():
        def test_epoch_end():
        def configure_optimizers():
        def any_extra_hook():
Version control your data and models with DVC

Use DVC to version control big files, like your data or trained ML models.
To initialize the dvc repository:

dvc init

To start tracking a file or directory, use dvc add:

dvc add data/MNIST

DVC stores information about the added file (or a directory) in a special .dvc file named data/MNIST.dvc, a small text file with a human-readable format. This file can be easily versioned like source code with Git, as a placeholder for the original data:

git add data/MNIST.dvc data/.gitignore
git commit -m "Add raw data"
Support installing project as a package

It allows other people to easily use your modules in their own projects.
Change name of the src folder to your project name and add file:

from setuptools import find_packages, setup

    name="src",  # change "src" folder name to your project name
    description="Describe Your Cool Project",
    url="",  # replace with your own github project link

Now your project can be installed from local files:

pip install -e .

Or directly from git repository:

pip install git+git:// --upgrade

So any file can be easily imported into any other file like so:

from project_name.models.mnist_model import MNISTLitModel
from project_name.datamodules.mnist_datamodule import MNISTDataModule

Other Repositories


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Your Project Name

Config: Hydra


What it does

How to run

Install dependencies

# clone project
git clone
cd your-repo-name

# [OPTIONAL] create conda environment
conda create -n myenv python=3.8
conda activate myenv

# install pytorch according to instructions

# install requirements
pip install -r requirements.txt

Train model with default configuration

# train on CPU
python trainer.gpus=0

# train on GPU
python trainer.gpus=1

Train model with chosen experiment configuration from configs/experiment/

python experiment=experiment_name.yaml

You can override any parameter from command line like this

python trainer.max_epochs=20 datamodule.batch_size=64


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