Keras Deep Learning with Apple’s CoreMLTools on iOS 11 – Part 1


This is a basic example of train and use a basic Keras neural network model (XOR) on iPhone using Apple’s coremltools on iOS11. Note that showing the integration starting from a Keras model to having it running in the iOS app is the main point and not the particular choice of model, in principle a similar approach could be used for any kind of Deep Learning model, e.g. generator part of Generative Adversarial Networks, a Recurrent Neural Network (or LSTM) or a Convolutional Neural Network.

For easy portability I chose to run the Keras part inside docker (i.e. could e.g. use nvidia-docker for a larger model that would need a GPU to train e.g. in the cloud or on a desktop or a powerful laptop). The current choice of Keras backend was TensorFlow, but believe it should also work for other backends (e.g. CNTK, Theano or MXNet). The code for this blog post is available at

Best regards,

Amund Tveit

1. Building and training Keras Model for XOR problem – PYTHON

1.1 Training data for XOR

1.2 Keras XOR Neural Network Model

1.3 Train the Keras model with Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD)

1.4 Use Apple’s coreml tool to convert the Keras model to coreml model

2. Using the converted Keras model on iPhone – SWIFT

2.1 Create new Xcode Swift project and add keras_model.mlmodel


2.2 Inspect keras_model.mlmodel by clicking on it in xcode


2.3 Update ViewController.swift with prediction function

2.4 Run app with Keras model on iPhone and look at debug output

run output

0 xor 0 = 1 xor 1 = 0 (if rounding down), and 1 xor 0 = 0 xor 1 = 1 (if rounding up)


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