I am new to deep learning models, and I am trying to figure out the best way to draw a visual representation of the following model. I found a few tools that allow you to draw a model, but I am confused about what the 'best' way to draw this particular model would be.

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Any suggestions or recommendations would be great.



2 Answers 2


You should Go along with Tensorboard, it looks more professional than the rest and it is easier to understand the model.

May I ask your exact purpose for the visualization? You could check others material with the similar purpose and go along with the general choice! Many would go for draw_convnet or PlotNeuralNet if the final use-case was to publish a blog. It also depends on which libraries and softwares you are using!

  • $\begingroup$ thanks for the response! The visualization is for a presentation. I have never drawn a model like this before, and i'm confused about the layers. I can give TensorBoard a try, can you recommend a tutorial for me to follow? $\endgroup$
    – Pythoner
    Aug 28, 2020 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ It's okay to be confused, everyone is at the beginning! Here is the link: tensorflow.org/tensorboard/graphs It was in the link you provided yourself! $\endgroup$
    – Academic
    Aug 29, 2020 at 0:09

You can use tf.keras.utils.plot_model. For instance this example given in the tensorflow doc:

import tensorflow as tf

input = tf.keras.Input(shape=(100,), dtype='int32', name='input')
x = tf.keras.layers.Embedding(
    output_dim=512, input_dim=10000, input_length=100)(input)
x = tf.keras.layers.LSTM(32)(x)
x = tf.keras.layers.Dense(64, activation='relu')(x)
x = tf.keras.layers.Dense(64, activation='relu')(x)
x = tf.keras.layers.Dense(64, activation='relu')(x)
output = tf.keras.layers.Dense(1, activation='sigmoid', name='output')(x)
model = tf.keras.Model(inputs=[input], outputs=[output])
dot_img_file = 'model_1.png'
tf.keras.utils.plot_model(model, to_file=dot_img_file, show_shapes=True)

you get the following:

enter image description here

For this function to work you need to install the dependencies:

  • pydot (pip3 install pydot)
  • an graphviz (install will depend on your OS) have a look at this link

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