Using TensorBoard in TIR Notebooks


TensorBoard provides the visualization and tooling needed for machine learning experimentation:

  • Tracking and visualizing metrics such as loss and accuracy

  • Visualizing the model graph (ops and layers)

  • Viewing histograms of weights, biases, or other tensors as they change over time

  • Projecting embeddings to a lower dimensional space

  • Displaying images, text, and audio data

  • Profiling TensorFlow programs

In TIR you can add TensorBoard to your notebook by selecting it in the Add-ons menu either during notebook creation or in the overview section of the notebook.


To use TensorBoard in your notebooks, you need to select it in the Add-ons list and then launch TensorBoard in the notebook. Just selecting the add-on or just launching TensorBoard without selecting it in the add-ons will not work.

If your notebook does not have TensorBoard installed, you can install it by running the following command in your notebook:


!pip3 install tensorboard

You can start TensorBoard by running the following command in your notebook:


%load_ext tensorboard
%tensorboard --logdir logs --bind_all


  • The --bind_all flag is required to view the TensorBoard result using the provided TensorBoard URL.

  • The --logdir is the directory where TensorBoard will look to find TensorFlow event files that it can display. Replace logs with your log directory containing the event files.

TensorBoard URL

You can get the URL from either Add-ons section in notebook overview tab or by running the following command in your notebook:

import os


Below is an example of TensorBoard being used on TIR notebook:

TensorBoard’s Time Series Dashboard allows you to visualize these metrics using a simple API with very little effort. This tutorial presents very basic example to help you learn how to use these APIs with TensorBoard when developing your Keras model.


import os
from datetime import datetime
from packaging import version

import tensorflow as tf
from tensorflow import keras
from keras import backend as K

import numpy as np

print("TensorFlow version: ", tf.__version__)
assert version.parse(tf.__version__).release[0] >= 2, \
    "This notebook requires TensorFlow 2.0 or above."

Set up data for a simple regression

You’re now going to use Keras to calculate a regression, i.e., find the best line of fit for a paired data set.

You’re going to use TensorBoard to observe how training and test loss change across epochs. Hopefully, you’ll see training and test loss decrease over time and then remain steady.

First, generate 1000 data points roughly along the line y = 0.5x + 2. Split these data points into training and test sets. Your hope is that the neural net learns this relationship.

data_size = 1000
# 80% of the data is for training.
train_pct = 0.8

train_size = int(data_size * train_pct)

# Create some input data between -1 and 1 and randomize it.
x = np.linspace(-1, 1, data_size)

# Generate the output data.
# y = 0.5x + 2 + noise
y = 0.5 * x + 2 + np.random.normal(0, 0.05, (data_size, ))

# Split into test and train pairs.
x_train, y_train = x[:train_size], y[:train_size]
x_test, y_test = x[train_size:], y[train_size:]

Training the model and logging loss

You’re now ready to define, train and evaluate your model.

To log the loss scalar as you train, you’ll do the following:

  1. Create the Keras TensorBoard callback

  2. Specify a log directory

  3. Pass the TensorBoard callback to Keras’

TensorBoard reads log data from the log directory hierarchy. In this notebook, the root log directory is logs/scalars, suffixed by a timestamped subdirectory. The timestamped subdirectory enables you to easily identify and select training runs as you use TensorBoard and iterate on your model.

logdir = "logs/scalars/" +"%Y%m%d-%H%M%S")
tensorboard_callback = keras.callbacks.TensorBoard(log_dir=logdir)

model = keras.models.Sequential([
    keras.layers.Dense(16, input_dim=1),

    loss='mse', # keras.losses.mean_squared_error

print("Training ... With default parameters, this takes less than 10 seconds.")
training_history =
    x_train, # input
    y_train, # output
    verbose=0, # Suppress chatty output; use TensorBoard instead
    validation_data=(x_test, y_test),

print("Average test loss: ", np.average(training_history.history['loss']))

Examining loss using TensorBoard

Now, start TensorBoard, specifying the root log directory you used above.

Wait a few seconds for TensorBoard to start up & access the UI using the TensorBoard URL

%load_ext tensorboard
%tensorboard --logdir logs/scalars --bind_all


Sample Output



While TIR notebooks currently do not support local rendering of TensorBoard, you can view the TensorBoard using the TensorBoard URL. TensorBoard must be selected in the Add-ons list to access the URL.