VGGish in Keras.

vggish, audio, audioset, keras, tensorflow
pip install vggish-keras==0.1.1


VGGish: A VGG-like audio classification model

This repository provides a VGGish model, implemented in Keras with tensorflow backend (since tf.slim is deprecated, I think we should have an up-to-date interface). This repository is developed based on the model for AudioSet. For more details, please visit the slim version.


pip install vggish-keras

Weights will be downloaded the first time they are requested. You can also run python -m vggish_keras.download_helpers.download_weights which will download them.


Basic - simple & efficient method:

import librosa
import numpy as np
import vggish_keras as vgk

# loads the model once and provides a simple function that takes in `filename` or `y, sr`
compute = vgk.get_embedding_function(hop_duration=0.25)
# model, pump, and sampler are available as attributes
compute.model.summary() # take a peak at the model

# compute from filename
Z, ts = compute(librosa.util.example_audio_file())

# compute from pcm
y, sr = librosa.load(librosa.util.example_audio_file())
Z, ts = compute(y=y, sr=sr)

Alternatives - using the under-the-hood helper functions:

# get the embeddings - WARNING: it instantiates a new model each time
Z, ts = vgk.get_embeddings(librosa.util.example_audio_file(), hop_duration=0.25)

# create model, pump, sampler once and pass to vgk.get_embeddings
# - more typing :'(
model, pump, sampler = vgk.get_embedding_model(hop_duration=0.25)
Z, ts = vgk.get_embeddings(
    model=model, pump=pump, sampler=sampler)

Manually, using the keras model and pump directly:

import librosa
import numpy as np
import vggish_keras as vgk

# define the model
pump = vgk.get_pump()
model = vgk.VGGish(pump)
sampler = vgk.get_sampler(pump)

# transform audio into VGGish embeddings
filename = librosa.util.example_audio_file()
X = np.concatenate([
    for x in sampler(pump(filename))])
Z = model.predict(X)

# calculate timestamps
ts = vgk.get_timesteps(Z, pump, sampler)
assert Z.shape == (13, 512)


I include a weight conversion script in download_helpers/ which shows how I converted the weights from .ckpt to .h5 for those that are interested.


  • currently, parameters (sample rate, hop size, etc) can be changed globally via vgk.params - I'd like to allow for parameter overrides to be passed to vgk.VGGish
  • currently it relies on Once merged, remove custom github install location