Bodywork is a simple framework for machine learning engineers to run containerised model-training workloads and deploy model-scoring services on Kubernetes. It is built by machine learning engineers, for machine learning engineers. It automates the repetitive tasks that most machine learning engineers think of as DevOps, allowing them to focus their time on what they do best - machine learning.

Programming language: Python
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0

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Bodywork deploys machine learning projects developed in Python, to Kubernetes. It helps you to:

  • serve models as microservices
  • execute batch jobs
  • run reproducible pipelines

On demand, or on a schedule. It automates repetitive DevOps tasks and frees machine learning engineers to focus on what they do best - solving data problems with machine learning.

Get Started

Bodywork is distributed as a Python package - install it from PyPI:

Add a bodywork.yaml file to your Python project’s Git repo. The contents of this file describe how your project will be deployed:

Bodywork is used from the command-line to deploy projects to Kubernetes clusters. With a single command, you can start Bodywork containers (hosted by us on Docker Hub), that pull Python modules directly from your project’s Git repo, and run them:

You don’t need to build Docker images or understand how to configure Kuberentes resources. Bodywork will fill the gap between executable Python modules and operational jobs and services on Kubernetes.

If you’re new to Kubernetes then check out our guide to Kubernetes for ML - we’ll have you up-and-running with a test cluster on your laptop, in under 10 minutes.


The documentation for bodywork-core can be found here. This is the best place to start.

Deployment Templates

To accelerate your project's journey to production, we provide deployment templates for common use-cases:

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Contacting Us

If you:

  • Have a question that these pages haven't answered, or need help getting started with Kubernetes, then please use our discussion board.
  • Have found a bug, then please open an issue.
  • Would like to contribute, then please talk to us first at [email protected].
  • Would like to commission new functionality, then please contact us at [email protected].

Bodywork is brought to you by Bodywork Machine Learning.

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