Build Android app for custom object detection (TF 2.x)

Build Android app for custom object detection (TF 2.x)

Training a machine learning model for custom object detection using TensorFlow 2.x in Google Colab and converting it to a TFLite model for deploying on mobile devices like Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi, IoT devices using the sample TFLite object detection app from TensorFlow’s GitHub.


  • Collect the dataset of images and label them to get their XML files.
  • Install the TensorFlow Object Detection API.
  • Generate the TFRecord files required for training. (need script and CSV files for this)
  • Edit the model pipeline config file and download the pre-trained model checkpoint.
  • Train and evaluate the model.
  • Export and convert the model into TFlite(TensorFlow Lite) format.
  • Deploy the TFlite model on Android / iOS / IoT devices using the sample TFLite object detection app from TensorFlow’s GitHub.

Objective: Build android app for custom object detection

In this article, I will be training an object detection model for a custom object and converting it to a TFlite model so it can be deployed on Android, iOS, IoT devices. Follow the 20 steps mentioned below. (The first 16 steps are the same as my previous article on training an ML model using TF 2. Since TFLite has support for only SSD models at the moment, we will be using an SSD model here)

  1. Import Libraries
  2. Create customTF2, training, and data folders in your google drive
  3. Create and upload your image files and XML files
  4. Upload the file to the customTF2 folder in your drive
  5. Mount drive and link your folder
  6. Clone the TensorFlow models git repository & Install TensorFlow Object Detection API
  7. Test the model builder
  8.  Navigate to /mydrive/customTF2/data/ and Unzip the and files into the data folder
  9. Create test_labels & train_labels
  10. Create CSV and “label_map.pbtxt” files
  11. Create ‘train.record’ & ‘test.record’ files
  12. Download pre-trained model checkpoint
  13. Get the model pipeline config file, make changes to it, and put it inside the data folder
  14. Load Tensorboard
  15. Train the model
  16. Test your trained model
  17. Install tensorflow-nightly
  18. Export SSD TFlite graph
  19. Convert saved model to TFlite model
  20. Create TFLite model with metadata
  21. Download the TFLite model with metadata and deploy it on a mobile device


  • Open my Colab notebook on your browser.
  • Click on File in the menu bar and click on Save a copy in drive. This will open a copy of my Colab notebook on your browser which you can now use.
  • Next, once you have opened the copy of my notebook and are connected to the Google Colab VM, click on Runtime in the menu bar and click on Change runtime type. Select GPU and click on save.
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1) Import Libraries

import os
import glob
import xml.etree.ElementTree as ET
import pandas as pd
import tensorflow as tf

2) Create customTF2, training, and data folders in your google drive

Create a folder named customTF2 in your google drive.

Create another folder named training inside the customTF2 folder ( training folder is where the checkpoints will be saved during training ).

Create another folder named data inside the customTF2 folder.

3) Create and upload your image files and its their corresponding labeled XML files.

Create a folder named images for your custom dataset images and create another folder named annotations for its corresponding PASCAL_VOC format labeled XML files.

Next, create their zip files and upload them to the customTF2 folder in your drive.

Make sure all the image files have their extension as “.jpg” only. 

Other formats like <.png> , <.jpeg> or even <.JPG> will give errors since the generate_tfrecord and xml_to_csv scripts here have only <.jpg> in them. If you have other format images, then make changes in the scripts accordingly.

For Datasets, you can check out my Dataset Sources at the bottom of this article in the credits section. 

Collecting Images Dataset and labeling them to get their PASCAL_VOC XML annotations.

Labeling your Dataset

Input image example (Image1.jpg)

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Original Photo by Ali Pazani from Pexels

You can use any software for labeling like the labelImg tool.

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labelImg GUI for Image1.jpg

I use an open-source labeling tool called OpenLabeling with a very simple UI.

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OpenLabeling Tool GUI

Click on the link below to know more about the labeling process and other software for it:

NOTE : Garbage In = Garbage Out. Choosing and labeling images is the most important part. Try to find good quality images. The quality of the data goes a long way towards determining the quality of the result.

The output PASCAL_VOC labeled XML file looks like as shown below:


4) Upload the file to the customTF2 folder in your drive.

You can find the file here

5) Mount drive and link your folder

#mount drive

from google.colab import drive

# this creates a symbolic link so that now the path /content/gdrive/My Drive/ is equal to /mydrive

!ln -s /content/gdrive/My Drive/ /mydrive
!ls /mydrive

6) Clone the TensorFlow models git repository & Install TensorFlow Object Detection API

# clone the tensorflow models on the colab cloud vm

!git clone --q

# navigate to /models/research folder to compile protos

%cd models/research

# Compile protos.

!protoc object_detection/protos/*.proto --python_out=.

# Install TensorFlow Object Detection API.

!cp object_detection/packages/tf2/ .
!python -m pip install 

7) Test the model builder

!python object_detection/builders/

8) Navigate to /mydrive/customTF2/data/ and Unzip the and files into the data folder

%cd /mydrive/customTF2/data/

# unzip the datasets and their contents so that they are now in /mydrive/customTF2/data/ folder

!unzip /mydrive/customTF2/ -d .
!unzip /mydrive/customTF2/ -d .

9) Create test_labels & train_labels

Current working directory is /mydrive/customTF2/data/

Divide annotations into test_labels(20%) and train_labels(80%).

10) Create the CSV files and the “label_map.pbtxt” file

Current working directory is /mydrive/customTF2/data/

Run xml_to_csv script below to create test_labels.csv and train_labels.csv

This script also creates the label_map.pbtxt file using the classes mentioned in the xml files.

The 3 files that are created i.e. train_labels.csv, test_labels.csv, and label_map.pbtxt look like as shown below:


The train_labels.csv contains the name of the all the train images, the classes in those images, and their annotations.

The test_labels.csv contains the name of all the test images, the classes in those images, and their annotations.

The label_map.pbtxt file contains the names of the classes from your labeled XML files. 

NOTE: I have 2 classes i.e. with_mask and without_mask.

Label map id 0 is reserved for the background label.

11) Create train.record & test.record files

Current working directory is /mydrive/customTF2/data/

Run the script to create train.record and test.record files

#!python output.csv output_pb.txt /path/to/images output.tfrecords

#For train.record
!python /mydrive/customTF2/ train_labels.csv  label_map.pbtxt images/ train.record

#For test.record
!python /mydrive/customTF2/ test_labels.csv  label_map.pbtxt images/ test.record

The total number of image files is 1370. Since we divided the labels into two categories viz. train_labels(80%) and test_labels(20%), the number of files for “train.record” is 1096, and the number of files for “test.record” is 274.

12) Download pre-trained model checkpoint

Current working directory is /mydrive/customTF2/data/

You can choose any model for training depending upon your data and requirement. Read this blog for more info on which. The official list of detection model checkpoints for TensorFlow 2.x can be found here.

However, since TFLite doesn’t support all models right now, the options for this are limited at the moment. TensorFlow is working towards adding more models with TFLite support. Read more about TFLite compatible models for all ML modules like object detection, image classification, image segmentation, etc here.

Currently, TFLite supports only SSD models (excluding EfficientDet)

In this tutorial, I will use the ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8 model.

# Download the pre-trained model ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8.tar.gz into the data folder & unzip it


!tar -xzvf ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8.tar.gz

13) Get the model pipeline config file, make changes to it and put it inside the data folder

Current working directory is /mydrive/customTF2/data/

Download ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8.config from /content/models/research/object_detection/configs/tf2. Make the required changes to it and upload it to the /mydrive/custom/data folder.


Edit the config file from /content/models/research/object_detection/configs/tf2 in colab vm and copy the edited config file to the /mydrive/customTF2/data folder.

You need to make the following changes:

  • change num_classes to the number of your classes.
  • change test.record path, train.record path & labelmap path to the paths where you have created these files (paths should be relative to your current working directory while training).
  • change fine_tune_checkpoint to the path of the directory where the downloaded checkpoint from step 12 is.
  • change fine_tune_checkpoint_type with value classification or detection depending on the type.
  • change batch_size to any multiple of 8 depending upon the capability of your GPU. (eg:- 24,128,…,512). Mine is set to 64.
  • change num_steps to the number of steps you want the detector to train.
# copy the edited config file from the configs/tf2 directory to the data/ folder in your drive

!cp /content/models/research/object_detection/configs/tf2/ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8.config /mydrive/customTF2/data

The workspace at this point:

There are many data augmentation options that you can add. Check the full list here. For beginners, the above changes are sufficient.

Data Augmentation Suggestions

First, you should train the model using the sample config file with the above basic changes and see how well it does. If you are overfitting, then you might want to do some more image augmentations.

  • In the sample config file: random_horizontal_flip & ssd_random_crop are added by default. You could try adding these as well:

from train_config {}:

data_augmentation_options {
    random_adjust_contrast {
  data_augmentation_options {
    random_rgb_to_gray {
  data_augmentation_options {
    random_vertical_flip {
  data_augmentation_options {
    random_rotation90 {
  data_augmentation_options {
    random_patch_gaussian {

Note: Each image augmentation will increase the training time drastically.

In model {} > ssd {} > box_predictor {}: set use_dropout to true This will be helpful to counter overfitting.

In eval_config : {} set the number of testing images you have in num_examples and remove max_eval to evaluate indefinitely

eval_config: {
  num_examples: 274 # set this to the number of test images we divided earlier
  num_visualizations: 20 # the number of visualization to see in tensorboard

14) Load Tensorboard

%load_ext tensorboard
%tensorboard --logdir '/content/gdrive/MyDrive/customTF2/training'

15) Train the model

Navigate to the object_detection folder in Colab VM

%cd /content/models/research/object_detection

15 (a) Training using

Here {PIPELINE_CONFIG_PATH} points to the pipeline config and {MODEL_DIR} points to the directory in which training checkpoints and events will be written.

For best results, you should stop the training when the loss is less than 0.1 if possible, else train the model until the loss does not show any significant change for a while. (Try to get the loss as low as possible. The ideal loss should be below 0.05)

# Run the command below from the content/models/research/object_detection directory

#PIPELINE_CONFIG_PATH={path to pipeline config file}
#MODEL_DIR={path to model directory}
#!python --pipeline_config_path=${PIPELINE_CONFIG_PATH} --model_dir=${MODEL_DIR} --alsologtostderr

!python --pipeline_config_path=/mydrive/customTF2/data/ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8.config --model_dir=/mydrive/customTF2/training --alsologtostderr

IMPORTANT: The output will normally look like it has “frozen”, but DO NOT rush to cancel the process. The training outputs logs only every 100 steps by default, therefore if you wait for a while, you should see a log for the loss at step 100.

The time you should wait can vary greatly, depending on whether you are using a GPU and the chosen value for batch_size in the config file, so be patient.

15 (b) Evaluation using

Here {CHECKPOINT_DIR} points to the directory with checkpoints produced by the training job. Evaluation events are written to {MODEL_DIR/eval}.

For best results, you should stop the training when the loss is less than 0.1 if possible, else train the model until the loss does not show any significant change for a while. (Try to get the loss as low as possible. The ideal loss should be below 0.05)

# Run the command below from the content/models/research/object_detection directory

#!python --pipeline_config_path=${PIPELINE_CONFIG_PATH} --model_dir=${MODEL_DIR} --checkpoint_dir=${CHECKPOINT_DIR} --alsologtostderr

#PIPELINE_CONFIG_PATH={path to pipeline config file}

#MODEL_DIR={path to model directory}


!python --pipeline_config_path=/mydrive/customTF2/data/ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8.config --model_dir=/mydrive/customTF2/training/ --checkpoint_dir=/mydrive/customTF2/training/ --alsologtostderr

RETRAINING THE MODEL ( in case you get disconnected )

If you get disconnected or lose your session on Colab VM, you can start your training where you left off as the checkpoint is saved on your drive inside the training folder. To restart the training simply run steps 1, 5, 6, 7, 14, and 15.

Note that since we have all the files required for training like the record files, our edited pipeline config file, the labelmap file, and the model checkpoint folder, therefore we do not need to create these again.

The script saves the checkpoint every 1000 steps. The training automatically restarts from the last saved checkpoint itself.

However, if you see that it doesn’t restart training from the last checkpoint you can make 1 change in the pipeline config file. Change fine_tune_checkpoint to where your latest trained checkpoints have been written and have it point to the latest checkpoint as shown below:

fine_tune_checkpoint: "/mydrive/customTF2/training/ckpt-X" (where ckpt-X is the latest checkpoint)

Read this TensorFlow Object Detection API tutorial to know more about the training process for TF2.

16) Test your trained model

Export inference graph

Current working directory is /content/models/research/object_detection

!python --trained_checkpoint_dir=/mydrive/customTF2/training --pipeline_config_path=/content/gdrive/MyDrive/customTF2/data/ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8.config --output_directory /mydrive/customTF2/data/inference_graph

Test your trained Object Detection model on images

Current working directory is /content/models/research/object_detection

This step is optional.
# Different font-type and font-size for labels text

!unzip -d .

%cd utils/
!sed -i "s/font = ImageFont.truetype('arial.ttf', 24)/font = ImageFont.truetype('arial.ttf', 50)/"
%cd ..

Test your trained model


17) Install tf-nightly

Since tflite_converter for TensorFlow 2 only works correctly with tf-nightly for now. Otherwise, the converted tflite model is of a very small size and does not work correctly. Also, usage of the latest stable version of tf-nightly is recommended.

!pip install tf-nightly

NOTE: If running the above command asks you to restart runtime and you lose all the local variables in your colab VM, you have to run steps 5 & 6 again to mount drive, clone the TF models repo and install object detection API. After running those steps again run step 18 below. (Don’t forget to change the directory to the object detection folder as mentioned below.)

18) Export SSD TFlite graph

Current working directory is /content/models/research/object_detection

!python --pipeline_config_path /content/gdrive/MyDrive/customTF2/data/ssd_mobilenet_v2_fpnlite_320x320_coco17_tpu-8.config --trained_checkpoint_dir /mydrive/customTF2/training --output_directory /mydrive/customTF2/data/tflite 

NOTE: The output of the above cell gives us a Tensorflow SavedModel (saved_model.pb) output.

19) Convert the TensorFlow saved model to TFlite model

Check input and output tensor names
!saved_model_cli show --dir /mydrive/customTF2/data/tflite/saved_model --tag_set serve --all

Convert to TFlite 

Use either Method (a) or Method (b) to convert to TFLite .
Method (a) :- Using commad line tool

Convert the saved model to TFLite using the tflite_convert command ( This is the simple way. For beginners, I recommend using this method first)

%cd /mydrive/customTF2/data/
!tflite_convert --saved_model_dir=tflite/saved_model --output_file=tflite/detect.tflite 

Method (b) :- Using Python API

Convert saved model to TFLite using Python API. This is the better option as per the TensorFlow documentation above in terms of being able to apply other features and optimizations like post-training quantizations that can reduce the model size and also improve CPU and hardware accelerator latency. You can change the code below depending on your requirements. Read the 2 links just under the code block below to get a broader understanding of this and why it is better once you understand the basics of this entire process of creating a TFLite model.

import tensorflow as tf

saved_model_dir = '/mydrive/customTF2/data/tflite/saved_model'

converter = tf.lite.TFLiteConverter.from_saved_model(saved_model_dir)
tflite_model = converter.convert()
open("/mydrive/customTF2/data/tflite/detect.tflite", "wb").write(tflite_model)


converter = tf.lite.TFLiteConverter.from_saved_model('/mydrive/customTF2/data/tflite/saved_model',signature_keys=['serving_default'])
converter.optimizations = [tf.lite.Optimize.DEFAULT]
converter.experimental_new_converter = True
converter.target_spec.supported_ops = [tf.lite.OpsSet.TFLITE_BUILTINS, tf.lite.OpsSet.SELECT_TF_OPS]

tflite_model = converter.convert()

with'/mydrive/customTF2/data/tflite/detect.tflite', 'wb') as f:

NOTE: Both the commands create “detect.tflite” model. If you run both the commands the second one will overwrite the first one. My suggestion is, run one of these commands first and create the TFLite model with metadata in the next step. Once you have the “detect.tflite” with the metadata for the first method, download it, then you can come back and re-run this step for the optimization and post-training quantization step and then also create its TFLite model with metadata.

Check out these 2 links for more information on the above 2 methods:

20) Create TFLite metadata

The new TensorFlow Lite sample for object detection requires that the final TFLite model should have metadata attached to it in order to run. You can read more on this here on the TensorFlow site. Run the following steps to get the TFLite model with metadata.

Install tflite_support_nightly package

pip install tflite_support_nightly

Create a separate folder named “tflite_with_metadata” inside the “tflite” folder to save the final TFLite model with metadata added to it.

%cd /mydrive/customTF2/data/
%cd tflite/
!mkdir tflite_with_metadata
%cd ..

Create and Upload “labelmap.txt” file

Create and upload “labelmap.txt” file which we will use inside Android Studio later as well. This file is different than the “label_map.pbtxt” while which we used in Steps 10 & 11. This “labelmap.txt” file only has the names of the classes written in each line and nothing more. Upload this file to /mydrive/customTF2/data folder.The labelmap.txt file looks like as shown below:

Run the code in the code block below to create the TFLite model with metadata.

(NOTE: Change the paths in lines 14, 15 & 16 & 87 in the code block below to your paths. That is only if you’re using different paths for your files. But if you’re following this tutorial you can leave them as is)

  • Line 14: The input TFLite model without metadata created above in Step 19.
  • Line 15 and 87: The labelmap.txt file.
  • Line 16: The location for the final TFLite model output with the metadata added to it.
from tflite_support.metadata_writers import object_detector
from tflite_support.metadata_writers import writer_utils
from tflite_support import metadata
import flatbuffers
import os
from tensorflow_lite_support.metadata import metadata_schema_py_generated as _metadata_fb
from tensorflow_lite_support.metadata.python import metadata as _metadata
from tensorflow_lite_support.metadata.python.metadata_writers import metadata_info
from tensorflow_lite_support.metadata.python.metadata_writers import metadata_writer
from tensorflow_lite_support.metadata.python.metadata_writers import writer_utils

ObjectDetectorWriter = object_detector.MetadataWriter

_MODEL_PATH = "/mydrive/customTF2/data/tflite/detect.tflite"
_LABEL_FILE = "/mydrive/customTF2/data/labelmap.txt"
_SAVE_TO_PATH = "/mydrive/customTF2/data/tflite/tflite_with_metadata/detect.tflite"

writer = ObjectDetectorWriter.create_for_inference(
    writer_utils.load_file(_MODEL_PATH), [127.5], [127.5], [_LABEL_FILE])
writer_utils.save_file(writer.populate(), _SAVE_TO_PATH)

# Verify the populated metadata and associated files.
displayer = metadata.MetadataDisplayer.with_model_file(_SAVE_TO_PATH)
print("Metadata populated:")
print("Associated file(s) populated:")

model_meta = _metadata_fb.ModelMetadataT() = "SSD_Detector"
model_meta.description = (
    "Identify which of a known set of objects might be present and provide "
    "information about their positions within the given image or a video "

# Creates input info.
input_meta = _metadata_fb.TensorMetadataT() = "image"
input_meta.content = _metadata_fb.ContentT()
input_meta.content.contentProperties = _metadata_fb.ImagePropertiesT()
input_meta.content.contentProperties.colorSpace = (
input_meta.content.contentPropertiesType = (
input_normalization = _metadata_fb.ProcessUnitT()
input_normalization.optionsType = (
input_normalization.options = _metadata_fb.NormalizationOptionsT()
input_normalization.options.mean = [127.5]
input_normalization.options.std = [127.5]
input_meta.processUnits = [input_normalization]
input_stats = _metadata_fb.StatsT()
input_stats.max = [255]
input_stats.min = [0]
input_meta.stats = input_stats

# Creates outputs info.
output_location_meta = _metadata_fb.TensorMetadataT() = "location"
output_location_meta.description = "The locations of the detected boxes."
output_location_meta.content = _metadata_fb.ContentT()
output_location_meta.content.contentPropertiesType = (
output_location_meta.content.contentProperties = (
output_location_meta.content.contentProperties.index = [1, 0, 3, 2]
output_location_meta.content.contentProperties.type = (
output_location_meta.content.contentProperties.coordinateType = (
output_location_meta.content.range = _metadata_fb.ValueRangeT()
output_location_meta.content.range.min = 2
output_location_meta.content.range.max = 2

output_class_meta = _metadata_fb.TensorMetadataT() = "category"
output_class_meta.description = "The categories of the detected boxes."
output_class_meta.content = _metadata_fb.ContentT()
output_class_meta.content.contentPropertiesType = (
output_class_meta.content.contentProperties = (
output_class_meta.content.range = _metadata_fb.ValueRangeT()
output_class_meta.content.range.min = 2
output_class_meta.content.range.max = 2
label_file = _metadata_fb.AssociatedFileT() = os.path.basename("labelmap.txt")
label_file.description = "Label of objects that this model can recognize."
label_file.type = _metadata_fb.AssociatedFileType.TENSOR_VALUE_LABELS
output_class_meta.associatedFiles = [label_file]

output_score_meta = _metadata_fb.TensorMetadataT() = "score"
output_score_meta.description = "The scores of the detected boxes."
output_score_meta.content = _metadata_fb.ContentT()
output_score_meta.content.contentPropertiesType = (
output_score_meta.content.contentProperties = (
output_score_meta.content.range = _metadata_fb.ValueRangeT()
output_score_meta.content.range.min = 2
output_score_meta.content.range.max = 2

output_number_meta = _metadata_fb.TensorMetadataT() = "number of detections"
output_number_meta.description = "The number of the detected boxes."
output_number_meta.content = _metadata_fb.ContentT()
output_number_meta.content.contentPropertiesType = (
output_number_meta.content.contentProperties = (

# Creates subgraph info.
group = _metadata_fb.TensorGroupT() = "detection result"
group.tensorNames = [,,
subgraph = _metadata_fb.SubGraphMetadataT()
subgraph.inputTensorMetadata = [input_meta]
subgraph.outputTensorMetadata = [
    output_location_meta, output_class_meta, output_score_meta,
subgraph.outputTensorGroups = [group]
model_meta.subgraphMetadata = [subgraph]

b = flatbuffers.Builder(0)
metadata_buf = b.Output()

NOTE: You can add your own name and description for the metadata information in the block above. I have used the general SSD_Detector name and description.

21) Download the TFLite model with metadata and adjust the TFLite Object Detection sample app

Download the TensorFlow Lite examples archive from here and unzip it. You will find an object detection folder inside


Next, copy the detect.tflite model with metadata and the labelmap.txt file inside the assets folder in the object detection Android app.


Next, make changes in the code as mentioned on the TensorFlow 2 GitHub link given below.

Running TF2 Detection API Models on mobile

The changes to the code are as follows:

  • Firstly, edit the gradle build file. Open the build.gradle file $TF_EXAMPLES/lite/examples/object_detection/android/app/build.gradle to comment out the apply from: ‘download_model.gradle‘ which basically downloads the default object detection apps TFLite model and overwrites your assets.
// apply from:'download_model.gradle'
  • Secondly, If your model is named detect.tflite , and your labels file labelmap.txt, the example will use them automatically as long as they’ve been properly copied into the base assets directory. To confirm, open up the $TF_EXAMPLES/lite/examples/object_detection/android/app/src/main/java/org/tensorflow/demo/ file in a text editor or inside Android Studio itself and find the definition of TF_OD_API_LABELS_FILE. Verify that it points to your label map file: “labelmap.txt“. Note that if your model is quantized, the flag TF_OD_API_IS_QUANTIZED is set to true, and if your model is floating point, the flag TF_OD_API_IS_QUANTIZED is set to false. This new section of should now look as follows.

For a quantized model

 private static final boolean TF_OD_API_IS_QUANTIZED = true;
 private static final String TF_OD_API_MODEL_FILE = "detect.tflite";
 private static final String TF_OD_API_LABELS_FILE = "labelmap.txt"; 

For a floating point model

 private static final boolean TF_OD_API_IS_QUANTIZED = false;
 private static final String TF_OD_API_MODEL_FILE = "detect.tflite";
 private static final String TF_OD_API_LABELS_FILE = "labelmap.txt";
  • Finally, connect a mobile device and run the app. Test your app before making any other new improvements or adding more features to it. Now that you’ve made a basic app for this, you can try to make changes to your TFLite model as I mentioned earlier in this article. I have also given the links to the TensorFlow site’s pages where you can learn how to apply other features and optimizations like post-training quantization etc. Read the links given below in the Documentation under the Credits section. Have fun!

NOTE: This object detection Android reference app demonstrates two implementation solutions:

(1) lib_task_api that leverages the out-of-box API from the TensorFlow Lite Task Library;

(2) lib_interpreter that creates the custom inference pipleline using the TensorFlow Lite Interpreter Java API.

The build.gradle inside app folder shows how to change flavorDimensions "tfliteInference" to switch between the two solutions.

Inside Android Studio, you can change the build variant to whichever one you want to build and run—just go to Build > Select Build Variant and select one from the drop-down menu. See configure product flavors in Android Studio for more details.

For beginners, you can just leave it as it is. The default implementation is lib_task_api. To learn more about these implementations read the following TensorFlow docs.

To choose a build variant, select the app module in the project manager inside Android Studio, go to Build in the menu bar, and click on Select Build Variant. You will see a window pop up where you can choose your variant as shown below.


The dataset I have collected for mask detection contains mostly close-up images. For more long-shot images you can search online. There are many sites where you can download labeled and unlabeled datasets. I have given a few links at the bottom under Dataset Sources. I have also given a few links for mask datasets. Some of them have more than 10,000 images.

Though there are certain tweaks and changes we can make to our training config file or add more images to the dataset for every type of object class through augmentation, we have to be careful so that it does not cause overfitting which affects the accuracy of the model.

For beginners, you can start simply by using the config file I have uploaded on my GitHubI have also uploaded my mask images dataset along with the PASCAL_VOC format labeled text files, which although might not be the best but will give you a good start on how to train your own custom object detector using an SSD model. You can find a labeled dataset of better quality or an unlabeled dataset and label it yourself later.

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My GitHub

Files for training

Train Object Detection model using TF 2

Custom app sample

Custom object detection app

My mask dataset

My Colab notebook for this

Google Colaboratory

Check out my Youtube Video on this

Coming Soon!


Documentation / References

Dataset Sources

You can download datasets for many objects from the sites mentioned below. These sites also contain images of many classes of objects along with their annotations/labels in multiple formats such as the YOLO_DARKNET txt files and the PASCAL_VOC xml files.

Mask Dataset Sources

More Mask Datasets

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