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The following page goes over how to set up and upgrade clearml-serving.


  • ClearML-Server : Model repository, Service Health, Control plane
  • Kubernetes / Single-instance Machine : Deploying containers
  • CLI : Configuration and model deployment interface

Initial Setup

  1. Set up your ClearML Server or use the free hosted service

  2. Connect clearml SDK to the server, see instructions here

  3. Install clearml-serving CLI:

    pip3 install clearml-serving
  4. Create the Serving Service Controller:

    clearml-serving create --name "serving example"

    The new serving service UID should be printed

    New Serving Service created: id=aa11bb22aa11bb22

    Write down the Serving Service UID

  5. Clone the clearml-serving repository:

    git clone
  6. Edit the environment variables file (docker/example.env) with your clearml-server credentials and Serving Service UID. For example, you should have something like

    cat docker/example.env
  7. Spin up the clearml-serving containers with docker-compose (or if running on Kubernetes, use the helm chart)

    cd docker && docker-compose --env-file example.env -f docker-compose.yml up

    If you need Triton support (keras/pytorch/onnx etc.), use the triton docker-compose file

    cd docker && docker-compose --env-file example.env -f docker-compose-triton.yml up 

    If running on a GPU instance with Triton support (keras/pytorch/onnx etc.), use the triton gpu docker-compose file:

    cd docker && docker-compose --env-file example.env -f docker-compose-triton-gpu.yml up

Any model that registers with Triton engine will run the pre/post-processing code on the Inference service container, and the model inference itself will be executed on the Triton Engine container.

Advanced Setup - S3/GS/Azure Access (Optional)

To add access credentials and allow the inference containers to download models from your S3/GS/Azure object-storage, add the respective environment variables to your env files (example.env). See further details on configuring the storage access here.




Upgrading ClearML Serving

Upgrading to v1.1

  1. Take down the serving containers (docker-compose or k8s)
  2. Update the clearml-serving CLI pip3 install -U clearml-serving
  3. Re-add a single existing endpoint with clearml-serving model add ... (press yes when asked). It will upgrade the clearml-serving session definitions
  4. Pull the latest serving containers (docker-compose pull ... or k8s)
  5. Re-spin serving containers (docker-compose or k8s)


For further details, see the ClearML Serving Tutorial.