Enable TensorFlow with DirectML on Windows

This release provides students, beginners, and professionals a way to run machine learning (ML) training on their existing hardware by using the TensorFlow with DirectML package for TensorFlow 1.15. To use DirectML on TensorFlow 2, check out the TensorFlow-DirectML-Plugin. Once set up, you can use your exisiting model scripts or check out a few samples on the DirectML repo.

Check your version of Windows

The TensorFlow with DirectML package on native Windows works starting with Windows 10, version 1709 (Build 16299 or higher). You can check your build version number by running winver via the Run command (Windows logo key + R).

Check for GPU driver updates

Ensure that you have the latest GPU driver installed. Select Check for updates in the Windows Update section of the Settings app.

Set up TensorFlow with DirectML

We recommend setting up a virtual Python environment inside Windows. There are many tools that you can use to set up a virtual Python environment—for these instructions, we'll use Anaconda's Miniconda. The rest of this setup assumes that you use a Miniconda environment.

Set up Python environment

Download and install the Miniconda Windows installer on your system. There is additional guidance for setup on Anaconda's site. Once Miniconda is installed, create an environment using Python named directml, and activate it through the following commands.


In the commands below, we use Python 3.6. However, the tensorflow-directml package works in a Python 3.5, 3.6, or 3.7 environment.

conda create --name directml python=3.6 

conda activate directml 

Install the TensorFlow with DirectML package

Install the TensorFlow with DirectML package through pip by running the following command.


The tensorflow-directml package supports only TensorFlow 1.15.

pip install tensorflow-directml

Once you've installed the tensorflow-directml package, you can verify that it runs correctly by adding two tensors. Copy the following lines into an interactive Python session.

import tensorflow.compat.v1 as tf 


print(tf.add([1.0, 2.0], [3.0, 4.0])) 

You should see output similar to the following, with the add operator placed on the DML device.

2020-06-15 11:27:18.235973: I tensorflow/core/common_runtime/dml/dml_device_factory.cc:45] DirectML device enumeration: found 1 compatible adapters. 

2020-06-15 11:27:18.240065: I tensorflow/core/common_runtime/dml/dml_device_factory.cc:32] DirectML: creating device on adapter 0 (AMD Radeon VII) 

2020-06-15 11:27:18.323949: I tensorflow/stream_executor/platform/default/dso_loader.cc:60] Successfully opened dynamic library DirectMLba106a7c621ea741d2159d8708ee581c11918380.dll 

2020-06-15 11:27:18.337830: I tensorflow/core/common_runtime/eager/execute.cc:571] Executing op Add in device /job:localhost/replica:0/task:0/device:DML:0 

tf.Tensor([4. 6.], shape=(2,), dtype=float32) 

TensorFlow with DirectML samples and feedback

Check out our samples or utilize your exisiting model scripts. If you run into issues or have feedback on the TensorFlow with DirectML package, then please connect with our team.