There are two main ways to load pretrained checkpoints in NeMo:

  • Using the restore_from() method to load a local checkpoint file (.nemo), or

  • Using the from_pretrained() method to download and set up a checkpoint from NGC.

See the following sections for instructions and examples for each.

Note that these instructions are for loading fully trained checkpoints for evaluation or fine-tuning. For resuming an unfinished training experiment, please use the experiment manager to do so by setting the resume_if_exists flag to True.

Loading Local Checkpoints

NeMo will automatically save checkpoints of a model you are training in a .nemo format. You can also manually save your models at any point using model.save_to(<checkpoint_path>.nemo).

If you have a local .nemo checkpoint that you’d like to load, simply use the restore_from() method:

import nemo.collections.asr as nemo_asr
model = nemo_asr.models.<MODEL_BASE_CLASS>.restore_from(restore_path="<path/to/checkpoint/file.nemo>")

Where the model base class is the ASR model class of the original checkpoint, or the general ASRModel class.


The audio files should be 16KHz monochannel wav files.

Write audio files to a manifest.json file with lines as in format:

{"audio_filepath": "<absolute path to dataset>/audio_file.wav", "duration": "duration of file in sec", "label": "speaker_id"}

This python call will download best pretrained model from NGC and writes embeddings pickle file to current working directory

python examples/speaker_recognition/ --manifest=manifest.json

NGC Pretrained Checkpoints

The SpeakerNet-ASR collection has checkpoints of several models trained on various datasets for a variety of tasks. Speaker_Recognition and Speaker_Verification model cards on NGC contain more information about each of the checkpoints available.

The tables below list the SpeakerNet models available from NGC, and the models can be accessed via the from_pretrained() method inside the EncDecSpeakerLabelModel Model class.


While loading, remember to use EncDecSpeakerLabelModel for recognition tasks and ExtractSpeakerEmbeddingsModel while extracting embeddings.

In general, you can load any of these models with code in the following format.

import nemo.collections.asr as nemo_asr
model = nemo_asr.models.<MODEL_CLASS_NAME>.from_pretrained(model_name="<MODEL_NAME>")

Where the model name is the value under “Model Name” entry in the tables below.

If you would like to programatically list the models available for a particular base class, you can use the list_available_models() method.


Speaker Recognition Models

Model Name

Model Base Class

Model Card