Use the studio to deploy models trained in the designer

In this article, you learn how to deploy a designer model as an online (real-time) endpoint in Azure Machine Learning studio.

Once registered or downloaded, you can use designer trained models just like any other model. Exported models can be deployed in use cases such as internet of things (IoT) and local deployments.

Deployment in the studio consists of the following steps:

  1. Register the trained model.
  2. Download the entry script and conda dependencies file for the model.
  3. (Optional) Configure the entry script.
  4. Deploy the model to a compute target.

You can also deploy models directly in the designer to skip model registration and file download steps. This can be useful for rapid deployment. For more information see, Deploy a model with the designer.

Models trained in the designer can also be deployed through the SDK or command-line interface (CLI). For more information, see Deploy your existing model with Azure Machine Learning.


Register the model

After the training pipeline completes, register the trained model to your Azure Machine Learning workspace to access the model in other projects.

  1. Select the Train Model component.

  2. Select the Outputs + logs tab in the right pane.

  3. Select the Register Model icon Screenshot of the gear icon.

    Screenshot of right pane of Train Model component

  4. Enter a name for your model, then select Save.

After registering your model, you can find it in the Models asset page in the studio.

Screenshot of registered model in the Models asset page

Download the entry script file and conda dependencies file

You need the following files to deploy a model in Azure Machine Learning studio:

  • Entry script file - loads the trained model, processes input data from requests, does real-time inferences, and returns the result. The designer automatically generates a entry script file when the Train Model component completes.

  • Conda dependencies file - specifies which pip and conda packages your webservice depends on. The designer automatically creates a conda_env.yaml file when the Train Model component completes.

You can download these two files in the right pane of the Train Model component:

  1. Select the Train Model component.

  2. In the Outputs + logs tab, select the folder trained_model_outputs.

  3. Download the conda_env.yaml file and file.

    Screenshot of download files for deployment in right pane

Alternatively, you can download the files from the Models asset page after registering your model:

  1. Navigate to the Models asset page.

  2. Select the model you want to deploy.

  3. Select the Artifacts tab.

  4. Select the trained_model_outputs folder.

  5. Download the conda_env.yaml file and file.

    Screenshot of download files for deployment in model detail page


The file provides nearly the same functionality as the Score Model components. However, some components like Score SVD Recommender, Score Wide and Deep Recommender, and Score Vowpal Wabbit Model have parameters for different scoring modes. You can also change those parameters in the entry script.

For more information on setting parameters in the file, see the section, Configure the entry script.

Deploy the model

After downloading the necessary files, you're ready to deploy the model.

  1. In the Models asset page, select the registered model.

  2. Select Deploy and select Deploy to web service. Screenshot of deploy button in model asset page

  3. In the configuration menu, enter the following information:


    In Advanced setting, you can set CPU/Memory capacity and other parameters for deployment. These settings are important for certain models such as PyTorch models, which consume considerable amount of memery (about 4 GB).

  4. Select Deploy to deploy your model as an online endpoint.

    Screenshot of deploy model in model asset page

Consume the online endpoint

After deployment succeeds, you can find the endpoint in the Endpoints asset page. Once there, you will find a REST endpoint, which clients can use to submit requests to the endpoint.


The designer also generates a sample data json file for testing, you can download _samples.json in the trained_model_outputs folder.

Use the following code sample to consume an online endpoint.

import json
from pathlib import Path
from azureml.core.workspace import Workspace, Webservice
service_name = 'YOUR_SERVICE_NAME'
ws = Workspace.get(
service = Webservice(ws, service_name)
sample_file_path = '_samples.json'
with open(sample_file_path, 'r') as f:
    sample_data = json.load(f)
score_result =
print(f'Inference result = {score_result}')

When consuming computer vision related online endpoints, you need to convert images to bytes, since web service only accepts string as input. Following is the sample code:

import base64
import json
from copy import deepcopy
from pathlib import Path
from import (IMG_EXTS, image_from_file, image_to_bytes)
from import ImageTransformationDirectory

# image path
image_path = Path('YOUR_IMAGE_FILE_PATH')

# provide the same parameter setting as in the training pipeline. Just an example here.
image_transform = [
    # format: (op, args). {} means using default parameter values of torchvision.transforms.
    # See
    ('Resize', 256),
    ('CenterCrop', 224),
    # ('Pad', 0),
    # ('ColorJitter', {}),
    # ('Grayscale', {}),
    # ('RandomResizedCrop', 256),
    # ('RandomCrop', 224),
    # ('RandomHorizontalFlip', {}),
    # ('RandomVerticalFlip', {}),
    # ('RandomRotation', 0),
    # ('RandomAffine', 0),
    # ('RandomGrayscale', {}),
    # ('RandomPerspective', {}),
transform = ImageTransformationDirectory.create(transforms=image_transform).torch_transform

# download _samples.json file under Outputs+logs tab in the right pane of Train Pytorch Model component
sample_file_path = '_samples.json'
with open(sample_file_path, 'r') as f:
    sample_data = json.load(f)

# use first sample item as the default value
default_data = sample_data[0]
data_list = []
for p in image_path.iterdir():
    if p.suffix.lower() in IMG_EXTS:
        data = deepcopy(default_data)
        # convert image to bytes
        data['image'] = base64.b64encode(image_to_bytes(transform(image_from_file(p)))).decode()

# use data.json as input of consuming the endpoint
data_file_path = 'data.json'
with open(data_file_path, 'w') as f:
    json.dump(data_list, f)

Configure the entry script

Some components in the designer like Score SVD Recommender, Score Wide and Deep Recommender, and Score Vowpal Wabbit Model have parameters for different scoring modes.

In this section, you learn how to update these parameters in the entry script file too.

The following example updates the default behavior for a trained Wide & Deep recommender model. By default, the file tells the web service to predict ratings between users and items.

You can modify the entry script file to make item recommendations, and return recommended items by changing the recommender_prediction_kind parameter.

import os
import json
from pathlib import Path
from collections import defaultdict
from import ModelDirectory
from azureml.designer.modules.recommendation.dnn.wide_and_deep.score. \
    score_wide_and_deep_recommender import ScoreWideAndDeepRecommenderModule
from azureml.designer.serving.dagengine.utils import decode_nan
from azureml.designer.serving.dagengine.converter import create_dfd_from_dict

model_path = os.path.join(os.getenv('AZUREML_MODEL_DIR'), 'trained_model_outputs')
schema_file_path = Path(model_path) / '_schema.json'
with open(schema_file_path) as fp:
    schema_data = json.load(fp)

def init():
    global model
    model = ModelDirectory.load(load_from_dir=model_path)

def run(data):
    data = json.loads(data)
    input_entry = defaultdict(list)
    for row in data:
        for key, val in row.items():

    data_frame_directory = create_dfd_from_dict(input_entry, schema_data)

    # The parameter names can be inferred from Score Wide and Deep Recommender component parameters:
    # convert the letters to lower cases and replace whitespaces to underscores.
    score_params = dict(
        ################### Note #################
        # Set 'Recommender prediction kind' parameter to enable item recommendation model
        recommender_prediction_kind='Item Recommendation',
        recommended_item_selection='From All Items',
    result_dfd, = ScoreWideAndDeepRecommenderModule().run(**score_params)
    result_df =
    return json.dumps(result_df.to_dict("list"))

For Wide & Deep recommender and Vowpal Wabbit models, you can configure the scoring mode parameter using the following methods:

  • The parameter names are the lowercase and underscore combinations of parameter names for Score Vowpal Wabbit Model and Score Wide and Deep Recommender;
  • Mode type parameter values are strings of the corresponding option names. Take Recommender prediction kind in the above codes as example, the value can be 'Rating Prediction'or 'Item Recommendation'. Other values are not allowed.

For SVD recommender trained model, the parameter names and values maybe less obvious, and you can look up the tables below to decide how to set parameters.

Parameter name in Score SVD Recommender Parameter name in the entry script file
Recommender prediction kind prediction_kind
Recommended item selection recommended_item_selection
Minimum size of the recommendation pool for a single user min_recommendation_pool_size
Maximum number of items to recommend to a user max_recommended_item_count
Whether to return the predicted ratings of the items along with the labels return_ratings

The following code shows you how to set parameters for an SVD recommender, which uses all six parameters to recommend rated items with predicted ratings attached.

score_params = dict(
        # RecommenderPredictionKind has 2 members, 'RatingPrediction' and 'ItemRecommendation'. You
        # can specify prediction_kind parameter with one of them.
        # RecommendedItemSelection has 3 members, 'FromAllItems', 'FromRatedItems', 'FromUndatedItems'.
        # You can specify recommended_item_selection parameter with one of them.

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