How to Install TensorFlow and Recognize images using Raspberry Pi

How to Install TensorFlow and Recognize images using Raspberry Pi

In this post, we'll demonstrates how to install TensorFlow and recognize images using Raspberry Pi.


This article demonstrates how to install TensorFlow and recognize images using Raspberry Pi.


  • Raspberry Pi
  • TensorFlow
  • Putty or VNC View  

*About TensorFlow *

  • TensorFlow is a free and open-source software library for dataflow
  • It is a symbolic math library.
  • TensorFlow is a computational framework for building machine learning models.

TensorFlow has two components

  • a graph protocol buffer
  • a runtime that executes the (distributed) graph

Types of an image

  • 8-bit COLOR FORMAT
  • 16-bit COLOR FORMAT

A 16-bit color format is divided into three different colors which are Red, Green, and Blue (RGB).

Step 1

Let's go to install the raspbian stretch operating system and also get the latest version of Python, so open the Linux terminal to update Python.

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sudo apt-get update    
python --version    
python3 --version    

Installing TensorFlow needs some library file, so Libatlas library is required by the TensorFlow package installation. Once the library file is installed, then install the TensorFlow package.

Before installing TensorFlow, install the Atlas library.

sudo apt install libatlas-base-dev  

Once that is finished install TensorFlow via pip3

pip3 install --user tensorflow  

Nowwe've  successfully installed TensorFlowTensorFlow version-1-9-0. 

Step 2

Once we install the TensorFlow we're ready to test the basic TensorFlow script provided by the TensorFlow site and first, you can test the Hello World program. Now, I create a  new Python file like,

sudo nano  

Next, you have to import the TensorFlow library. 

import tensorflow as tf  
hello = tf.constant('Hello, TensorFlow')  
sess = tf.Session()  
print (

Just run the code. You can see the hello TensorFlow program is successfully printed.

Run the code from the terminal:


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Step 3

Clone the TensorFlow classification script.

git clone  

This is a panda image for reference:

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Once the script is running the panda image will be recognized.

cd models/tutorials/image/imagenet  

Source Code

from __future__ import absolute_import  
from __future__ import division  
from __future__ import print_function  

import argparse  
import os.path  
import re  
import sys  
import tarfile  

import numpy as np  
from six.moves import urllib  
import tensorflow as tf  

FLAGS = None  

DATA_URL = ''  

class NodeLookup(object):  

  def __init__(self,  
    if not label_lookup_path:  
      label_lookup_path = os.path.join(  
          FLAGS.model_dir, 'imagenet_2012_challenge_label_map_proto.pbtxt')  
    if not uid_lookup_path:  
      uid_lookup_path = os.path.join(  
          FLAGS.model_dir, 'imagenet_synset_to_human_label_map.txt')  
    self.node_lookup = self.load(label_lookup_path, uid_lookup_path)  

  def load(self, label_lookup_path, uid_lookup_path):  
    if not tf.gfile.Exists(uid_lookup_path):  
      tf.logging.fatal('File does not exist %s', uid_lookup_path)  
    if not tf.gfile.Exists(label_lookup_path):  
      tf.logging.fatal('File does not exist %s', label_lookup_path)  

    proto_as_ascii_lines = tf.gfile.GFile(uid_lookup_path).readlines()  
    uid_to_human = {}  
    p = re.compile(r'[n\d]*[ \S,]*')  
    for line in proto_as_ascii_lines:  
      parsed_items = p.findall(line)  
      uid = parsed_items[0]  
      human_string = parsed_items[2]  
      uid_to_human[uid] = human_string  
    node_id_to_uid = {}  
    proto_as_ascii = tf.gfile.GFile(label_lookup_path).readlines()  
    for line in proto_as_ascii:  
      if line.startswith('  target_class:'):  
        target_class = int(line.split(': ')[1])  
      if line.startswith('  target_class_string:'):  
        target_class_string = line.split(': ')[1]  
        node_id_to_uid[target_class] = target_class_string[1:-2]  
    node_id_to_name = {}  
    for key, val in node_id_to_uid.items():  
      if val not in uid_to_human:  
        tf.logging.fatal('Failed to locate: %s', val)  
      name = uid_to_human[val]  
      node_id_to_name[key] = name  
    return node_id_to_name 
  def id_to_string(self, node_id):  
    if node_id not in self.node_lookup:  
      return ''  
    return self.node_lookup[node_id]  
def create_graph():  
  with tf.gfile.FastGFile(os.path.join(  
      FLAGS.model_dir, 'classify_image_graph_def.pb'), 'rb') as f:  
    graph_def = tf.GraphDef()  
    _ = tf.import_graph_def(graph_def, name='')  
def run_inference_on_image(image):   
  if not tf.gfile.Exists(image):  
    tf.logging.fatal('File does not exist %s', image)  
  image_data = tf.gfile.FastGFile(image, 'rb').read() 

  with tf.Session() as sess:  

    softmax_tensor = sess.graph.get_tensor_by_name('softmax:0')  
    predictions =,  
                           {'DecodeJpeg/contents:0': image_data})  
    predictions = np.squeeze(predictions)  
 .  node_lookup = NodeLookup()  
    top_k = predictions.argsort()[-FLAGS.num_top_predictions:][::-1]  
    for node_id in top_k:  
      human_string = node_lookup.id_to_string(node_id)  
      score = predictions[node_id]  
      print('%s (score = %.5f)' % (human_string, score))  

def maybe_download_and_extract():  
  dest_directory = FLAGS.model_dir  
  if not os.path.exists(dest_directory):  
  filename = DATA_URL.split('/')[-1]  
  filepath = os.path.join(dest_directory, filename)  
  if not os.path.exists(filepath):  
    def _progress(count, block_size, total_size):  
      sys.stdout.write('\r>> Downloading %s %.1f%%' % (  
          filename, float(count * block_size) / float(total_size) * 100.0))  
    filepath, _ = urllib.request.urlretrieve(DATA_URL, filepath, _progress)  
    statinfo = os.stat(filepath)  
    print('Successfully downloaded', filename, statinfo.st_size, 'bytes.'), 'r:gz').extractall(dest_directory)  

def main(_):  
  image = (FLAGS.image_file if FLAGS.image_file else  
           os.path.join(FLAGS.model_dir, 'cropped_panda.jpg'))  

if __name__ == '__main__':  
  parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()  

      help='Absolute path to image file.'  
      help='Display this many predictions.'  
  FLAGS, unparsed = parser.parse_known_args(), argv=[sys.argv[0]] + unparsed)  


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The same method is used to classify the external images like the following terminal command.

python3 --image_file=/PATH/  

This is the very beginning of the TensorFlow Raspberry pi, just install the TensorFlow and Classify the image.


In this article, you learned how to install TensorFlow and do image recognition using TensorFlow and Raspberry Pi.

Thank you for reading!

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