Quick Get Started*

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Intel® Extension for TensorFlow* is a heterogeneous, high performance deep learning extension plugin based on TensorFlow PluggableDevice interface, aiming to bring Intel CPU or GPU devices into TensorFlow open source community for AI workload acceleration. It allows users to flexibly plug an XPU into TensorFlow on-demand, exposing the computing power inside Intel’s hardware.

This diagram provides a summary of the TensorFlow* PyPI package ecosystem.

  • TensorFlow PyPI packages: estimator, keras, tensorboard, tensorflow-base

  • Intel® Extension for TensorFlow* package:

    intel_extension_for_tensorflow contains:

    • XPU specific implementation

      • Kernels & operators

      • Graph optimizer

      • Device runtime

    • XPU configuration management

      • XPU backend selection

      • Options turning on/off advanced features


Hardware Requirement

Intel® Extension for TensorFlow* provides Intel GPU and Intel CPU support.

Software Requirement

Package CPU GPU XPU Installation
Intel GPU driver Y Y Install Intel GPU driver
Intel® oneAPI Base Toolkit Y Y Install Intel® oneAPI Base Toolkit
TensorFlow Y Y Y Install TensorFlow 2.14.0

Installation Channel:

Intel® Extension for TensorFlow* can be installed through the following channels:

Compatibility Table

Intel® Extension for TensorFlow* Stock TensorFlow
latest build from source 2.14
v2.13.0.0 2.13
v1.2.0 2.12
v1.1.0 2.10 & 2.11
v1.0.0 2.10

Install for XPU

pip install --upgrade intel-extension-for-tensorflow[xpu]

Environment check instructions for XPU:

export path_to_site_packages=`python -c "import site; print(site.getsitepackages()[0])"`
bash ${path_to_site_packages}/intel_extension_for_tensorflow/tools/env_check.sh

Refer to XPU installation for details.

Install for CPU

pip install --upgrade intel-extension-for-tensorflow[cpu]

Sanity check instructions:

python -c "import intel_extension_for_tensorflow as itex; print(itex.__version__)"

Install for weekly binaries

GPU weekly binaries are available for testing, CPU weekly binaries will be coming soon.

Install for GPU weekly

pip install --upgrade intel-extension-for-tensorflow-weekly[gpu] -f https://developer.intel.com/itex-whl-weekly

Environment check instructions for GPU weekly:

export path_to_site_packages=`python -c "import site; print(site.getsitepackages()[0])"`
bash ${path_to_site_packages}/intel_extension_for_tensorflow/tools/env_check.sh


Visit the online document website, and then get started with a tour of Intel® Extension for TensorFlow* examples.


We welcome community contributions to Intel® Extension for TensorFlow*.

This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant. Please see contribution guidelines for additional details.



Submit your questions, feature requests, and bug reports on the GitHub issues page.


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