Converting an MXNet Model


Note that OpenVINO support for Apache MXNet is currently being deprecated and will be removed entirely in the future.

To convert an MXNet model, run Model Optimizer with the path to the .params file of the input model:

mo --input_model model-file-0000.params

Using MXNet-Specific Conversion Parameters

The following list provides the MXNet-specific parameters.

MXNet-specific parameters:
  --input_symbol <SYMBOL_FILE_NAME>
            Symbol file (for example, "model-symbol.json") that contains a topology structure and layer attributes
  --nd_prefix_name <ND_PREFIX_NAME>
            Prefix name for args.nd and argx.nd files
  --pretrained_model_name <PRETRAINED_MODEL_NAME>
            Name of a pre-trained MXNet model without extension and epoch
            number. This model will be merged with args.nd and argx.nd
            Enable saving built parameters file from .nd files
            Enable Apache MXNet loader to make a model compatible with the latest Apache MXNet version.
            Use only if your model was trained with Apache MXNet version lower than 1.0.0
            Enable transformation for converting the gluoncv ssd topologies.
            Use only if your topology is one of ssd gluoncv topologies


By default, model conversion API does not use the Apache MXNet loader. It transforms the topology to another format which is compatible with the latest version of Apache MXNet. However, the Apache MXNet loader is required for models trained with lower version of Apache MXNet. If your model was trained with an Apache MXNet version lower than 1.0.0, specify the --legacy_mxnet_model key to enable the Apache MXNet loader. Note that the loader does not support models with custom layers. In this case, you must manually recompile Apache MXNet with custom layers and install it in your environment.

Custom Layer Definition

For the definition of custom layers, refer to the Cutting Off Parts of a Model page.

Supported MXNet Layers

For the list of supported standard layers, refer to the Supported Operations page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Model conversion API provides explanatory messages when it is unable to complete conversions due to typographical errors, incorrectly used options, or other issues. A message describes the potential cause of the problem and gives a link to Model Optimizer FAQ which provides instructions on how to resolve most issues. The FAQ also includes links to relevant sections in Convert a Model to help you understand what went wrong.


In this document, you learned:

  • Basic information about how model conversion API works with MXNet models.

  • Which MXNet models are supported.

  • How to convert a trained MXNet model by using model conversion API with both framework-agnostic and MXNet-specific command-line parameters.

Additional Resources

See the Model Conversion Tutorials page for a set of tutorials providing step-by-step instructions for converting specific MXNet models. Here are some examples: