deepface is a lightweight facial analysis framework including face recognition and demography (age, gender, emotion and race) for Python. You can use the framework with a just few lines of codes.

Face Recognition

Verify function under the DeepFace interface is used for face recognition.

from deepface import DeepFace
result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg")

   "verified": true,
   "distance": 0.25638097524642944,
   "max_threshold_to_verify": 0.40,
   "model": "VGG-Face",
   "similarity_metric": "cosine"

You can retrieve the fields of the response object easily in Python.

print("Is verified: ", result["verified"])
print("Distance: ", result["distance"])

Face recognition models

Face recognition can be handled by different models. Currently, VGG-Face , Google Facenet, OpenFace and Facebook DeepFace models are supported in deepface. The default configuration verifies faces with VGG-Face model. You can set the base model while verification as illustared below. Accuracy and speed show difference based on the performing model.

vggface_result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg") #default is VGG-Face
#vggface_result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg", model_name = "VGG-Face") #identical to the line above
facenet_result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg", model_name = "Facenet")
openface_result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg", model_name = "OpenFace")
deepface_result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg", model_name = "DeepFace")

VGG-Face has the highest accuracy score but it is not convenient for real time studies because of its complex structure. Facenet is a complex model as well. On the other hand, OpenFace has a close accuracy score but it performs the fastest. That's why, OpenFace is much more convenient for real time studies.


These models actually find the vector embeddings of faces. Decision of verification is based on the distance between vectors. Distance could be found by different metrics such as Cosine Similarity, Euclidean Distance and L2 form. The default configuration finds the cosine similarity. You can alternatively set the similarity metric while verification as demostratred below.

result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg", model_name = "VGG-Face", distance_metric = "cosine")
result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg", model_name = "VGG-Face", distance_metric = "euclidean")
result = DeepFace.verify("img1.jpg", "img2.jpg", model_name = "VGG-Face", distance_metric = "euclidean_l2")

Facial Attribute Analysis

Deepface also offers facial attribute analysis including age, gender, emotion and race predictions. Analysis function under the DeepFace interface is used to find demography of a face.

from deepface import DeepFace
demography = DeepFace.analyze("img4.jpg") #passing nothing as 2nd argument will find everything
#demography = DeepFace.analyze("img4.jpg", ['age', 'gender', 'race', 'emotion']) #identical to the line above

Analysis function returns a json object.

   "age": 31.25149216214664
   , "gender": "Woman"
   , "race": {
      "asian": 0.43224629728474007,
      "indian": 1.3657950678941648,
      "black": 0.05537125728443308,
      "white": 75.67231510116548,
      "middle eastern": 13.872351579210257,
      "latino hispanic": 8.601920819397021
   , "dominant_race": "white"
   , "emotion": {
      "angry": 0.08186087173241338,
      "disgust": 2.225523142400352e-06,
      "fear": 0.04342652618288561,
      "happy": 90.62228091028702,
      "sad": 1.1166408126522078,
      "surprise": 0.6784230348078054,
      "neutral": 7.457371945067876
   , "dominant_emotion": "happy"

Then, you can retrieve the fields of the response object easily in Python.

print("Age: ", demography["age"])
print("Gender: ", demography["gender"])
print("Emotion: ", demography["dominant_emotion"])


The easiest way to install deepface is to download it from PyPI.

pip install deepface

Alternatively, you can directly download the source code from this repository. GitHub repo might be newer than the PyPI version.

git clone
cd deepface
pip install -e .

Initial tests are run for Python 3.5.5 on Windows 10 but this is an OS-independent framework. Even though pip handles to install dependent libraries, the framework basically needs the following dependencies. You might need the following library requirements if you install the source code from github.

pip install numpy==1.14.0
pip install pandas==0.23.4
pip install matplotlib==2.2.2
pip install gdown==3.10.1
pip install opencv-python==3.4.4
pip install tensorflow==1.9.0
pip install keras==2.2.0
pip install tqdm==4.30.0


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Reference face recognition models have different type of licenses. This framework is just a wrapper for those models. That's why, licence types are inherited as well. You should check the licenses for the face recognition models before use.

Herein, OpenFace is licensed under Apache License 2.0. FB DeepFace and Facenet is licensed under MIT License. The both Apache License 2.0 and MIT license types allow you to use for commercial purpose.

On the other hand, VGG-Face is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License. That's why, it is restricted to adopt VGG-Face for commercial use.


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Deepface is licensed under the MIT License - see LICENSE for more details.