Flax#

Neural networks with JAX


Flax delivers an end-to-end and flexible user experience for researchers who use JAX with neural networks. Flax exposes the full power of JAX. It is made up of loosely coupled libraries, which are showcased with end-to-end integrated guides and examples.

Flax is used by hundreds of projects (and growing), both in the open source community (like Hugging Face) and at Google (like Gemini, Imagen, Scenic, and Big Vision).

Features#

Safety

Flax is designed for correctness and safety. Thanks to its immutable Modules and Functional API, Flax helps mitigate bugs that arise when handling state in JAX.

Control

Flax grants more fine-grained control and expressivity than most Neural Network frameworks via its Variable Collections, RNG Collections and Mutability conditions.

Functional API

Flax’s functional API radically redefines what Modules can do via lifted transformations like vmap, scan, etc, while also enabling seamless integration with other JAX libraries like Optax and Chex.

Terse code

Flax’s compact Modules enables submodules to be defined directly at their callsite, leading to code that is easier to read and avoids repetition.


Installation#

pip install flax
# or to install the latest version of Flax:
pip install --upgrade git+https://github.com/google/flax.git

Flax installs the vanilla CPU version of JAX, if you need a custom version please check out JAX’s installation page.

Basic usage#

class MLP(nn.Module):                    # create a Flax Module dataclass
  out_dims: int

  @nn.compact
  def __call__(self, x):
    x = x.reshape((x.shape[0], -1))
    x = nn.Dense(128)(x)                 # create inline Flax Module submodules
    x = nn.relu(x)
    x = nn.Dense(self.out_dims)(x)       # shape inference
    return x

model = MLP(out_dims=10)                 # instantiate the MLP model

x = jnp.empty((4, 28, 28, 1))            # generate random data
variables = model.init(random.key(42), x)# initialize the weights
y = model.apply(variables, x)            # make forward pass

Learn more#

Quickstart
quick_start.html
Examples
examples.html
Glossary
glossary.html
The Flax philosophy
philosophy.html

Ecosystem#

Notable examples in Flax include:

NLP and computer vision models

Model for text-to-image generation

540-billion parameter model for text generation

Text-to-image diffusion models

Libraries for large-scale computer vision

Large-scale computer vision models

Open source high performance LLM

Large language models

On-device differentiable reinforcement learning environments