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Graph Neural Network Library for PyTorch

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PyG (PyTorch Geometric) is a library built upon PyTorch to easily write and train Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) for a wide range of applications related to structured data.

It consists of various methods for deep learning on graphs and other irregular structures, also known as geometric deep learning, from a variety of published papers. In addition, it consists of easy-to-use mini-batch loaders for operating on many small and single giant graphs, multi GPU-support, a large number of common benchmark datasets (based on simple interfaces to create your own), the GraphGym experiment manager, and helpful transforms, both for learning on arbitrary graphs as well as on 3D meshes or point clouds. Click here to join our Slack community!

Library Highlights

Whether you are a machine learning researcher or first-time user of machine learning toolkits, here are some reasons to try out PyG for machine learning on graph-structured data.

  • Easy-to-use and unified API: All it takes is 10-20 lines of code to get started with training a GNN model (see the next section for a quick tour). PyG is PyTorch-on-the-rocks: It utilizes a tensor-centric API and keeps design principles close to vanilla PyTorch. If you are already familiar with PyTorch, utilizing PyG is straightforward.
  • Comprehensive and well-maintained GNN models: Most of the state-of-the-art Graph Neural Network architectures have been implemented by library developers or authors of research papers and are ready to be applied.
  • Great flexibility: Existing PyG models can easily be extended for conducting your own research with GNNs. Making modifications to existing models or creating new architectures is simple, thanks to its easy-to-use message passing API, and a variety of operators and utility functions.
  • Large-scale real-world GNN models: We focus on the need of GNN applications in challenging real-world scenarios, and support learning on diverse types of graphs, including but not limited to: scalable GNNs for graphs with millions of nodes; dynamic GNNs for node predictions over time; heterogeneous GNNs with multiple node types and edge types.
  • GraphGym integration: GraphGym lets users easily reproduce GNN experiments, is able to launch and analyze thousands of different GNN configurations, and is customizable by registering new modules to a GNN learning pipeline.

Quick Tour for New Users

In this quick tour, we highlight the ease of creating and training a GNN model with only a few lines of code.

Train your own GNN model

In the first glimpse of PyG, we implement the training of a GNN for classifying papers in a citation graph. For this, we load the Cora dataset, and create a simple 2-layer GCN model using the pre-defined GCNConv:

import torch
from torch_geometric.nn import GCNConv
from torch_geometric.datasets import Planetoid

dataset = Planetoid(root='.', name='Cora')

class GCN(torch.nn.Module):
    def __init__(self, in_channels, hidden_channels, out_channels):
        self.conv1 = GCNConv(in_channels, hidden_channels)
        self.conv2 = GCNConv(hidden_channels, out_channels)

    def forward(self, x: Tensor, edge_index: Tensor) -> Tensor:
        # x: Node feature matrix of shape [num_nodes, in_channels]
        # edge_index: Graph connectivity matrix of shape [2, num_edges]
        x = self.conv1(x, edge_index).relu()
        x = self.conv2(x, edge_index)
        return x

model = GCN(dataset.num_features, 16, dataset.num_classes)
We can now optimize the model in a training loop, similar to the standard PyTorch training procedure.
import torch.nn.functional as F

optimizer = torch.optim.Adam(model.parameters(), lr=0.01)

for epoch in range(200):
    pred = model(data.x, data.edge_index)
    loss = F.cross_entropy(pred[data.train_mask], data.y[data.train_mask])

    # Backpropagation

More information about evaluating final model performance can be found in the corresponding example.

Create your own GNN layer

In addition to the easy application of existing GNNs, PyG makes it simple to implement custom Graph Neural Networks (see here for the accompanying tutorial). For example, this is all it takes to implement the edge convolutional layer from Wang et al.:

import torch
from torch.nn import Sequential, Linear, ReLU
from torch_geometric.nn import MessagePassing

class EdgeConv(MessagePassing):
    def __init__(self, in_channels, out_channels):
        super().__init__(aggr="max")  # "Max" aggregation.
        self.mlp = Sequential(
            Linear(2 * in_channels, out_channels),
            Linear(out_channels, out_channels),

    def forward(self, x: Tensor, edge_index: Tensor) -> Tensor:
        # x: Node feature matrix of shape [num_nodes, in_channels]
        # edge_index: Graph connectivity matrix of shape [2, num_edges]
        return self.propagate(edge_index, x=x)  # shape [num_nodes, out_channels]

    def message(self, x_j: Tensor, x_i: Tensor) -> Tensor:
        # x_j: Source node features of shape [num_edges, in_channels]
        # x_i: Target node features of shape [num_edges, in_channels]
        edge_features =[x_i, x_j - x_i], dim=-1)
        return self.mlp(edge_features)  # shape [num_edges, out_channels]

Manage experiments with GraphGym

GraphGym allows you to manage and launch GNN experiments, using a highly modularized pipeline (see here for the accompanying tutorial).

git clone
cd pytorch_geometric/graphgym
bash  # run a single GNN experiment (node/edge/graph-level)
bash   # run a batch of GNN experiments, using differnt GNN designs/datasets/tasks

Users are highly encouraged to check out the documentation, which contains additional tutorials on the essential functionalities of PyG, including data handling, creation of datasets and a full list of implemented methods, transforms, and datasets. For a quick start, check out our examples in examples/.

Architecture Overview

PyG provides a multi-layer framework that enables users to build Graph Neural Network solutions on both low and high levels. It comprises of the following components:

  • The PyG engine utilizes the powerful PyTorch deep learning framework, as well as additions of efficient CUDA libraries for operating on sparse data, e.g., torch-scatter, torch-sparse and torch-cluster.
  • The PyG storage handles data processing, transformation and loading pipelines. It is capable of handling and processing large-scale graph datasets, and provides effective solutions for heterogeneous graphs. It further provides a variety of sampling solutions, which enable training of GNNs on large-scale graphs.
  • The PyG operators bundle essential functionalities for implementing Graph Neural Networks. PyG supports important GNN building blocks that can be combined and applied to various parts of a GNN model, ensuring rich flexibility of GNN design.
  • Finally, PyG provides an abundant set of GNN models, and examples that showcases GNN models on standard graph benchmarks. Thanks to its flexibility, users can easily build and modify custom GNN models to fit their specific needs.

Implemented GNN Models

We list currently supported PyG models, layers and operators according to category:

GNN layers: All Graph Neural Network layers are implemented via the nn.MessagePassing interface. A GNN layer specifies how to perform message passing, i.e. by designing different message, aggregation and update functions as defined here. These GNN layers can be stacked together to create Graph Neural Network models.

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Pooling layers: Graph pooling layers combine the vectorial representations of a set of nodes in a graph (or a subgraph) into a single vector representation that summarizes its properties of nodes. It is commonly applied to graph-level tasks, which require combining node features into a single graph representation.

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GNN models: Our supported GNN models incorporate multiple message passing layers, and users can directly use these pre-defined models to make predictions on graphs. Unlike simple stacking of GNN layers, these models could involve pre-processing, additional learnable parameters, skip connections, graph coarsening, etc.

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GNN operators and utilities: PyG comes with a rich set of neural network operators that are commonly used in many GNN models. They follow an extensible design: It is easy to apply these operators and graph utilities to existing GNN layers and models to further enhance model performance.

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Scalable GNNs: PyG supports the implementation of Graph Neural Networks that can scale to large-scale graphs. Such application is challenging since the entire graph, its associated features and the GNN parameters cannot fit into GPU memory. Many state-of-the-art scalability approaches tackle this challenge by sampling neighborhoods for mini-batch training, graph clustering and partitioning, or by using simplified GNN models. These approaches have been implemented in PyG, and can benefit from the above GNN layers, operators and models.

Expand to see all implemented scalable GNNs...



Update: You can now install PyG via Anaconda for all major OS/PyTorch/CUDA combinations 🤗 Given that you have PyTorch >= 1.8.0 installed, simply run

conda install pyg -c pyg -c conda-forge

Pip Wheels

We alternatively provide pip wheels for all major OS/PyTorch/CUDA combinations, see here.

PyTorch 1.9.0

To install the binaries for PyTorch 1.9.0, simply run

pip install torch-scatter -f${CUDA}.html
pip install torch-sparse -f${CUDA}.html
pip install torch-geometric

where ${CUDA} should be replaced by either cpu, cu102, or cu111 depending on your PyTorch installation (torch.version.cuda).

cpu cu102 cu111

For additional but optional functionality, run

pip install torch-cluster -f${CUDA}.html
pip install torch-spline-conv -f${CUDA}.html

PyTorch 1.8.0/1.8.1

To install the binaries for PyTorch 1.8.0 and 1.8.1, simply run

pip install torch-scatter -f${CUDA}.html
pip install torch-sparse -f${CUDA}.html
pip install torch-geometric

where ${CUDA} should be replaced by either cpu, cu101, cu102, or cu111 depending on your PyTorch installation (torch.version.cuda).

cpu cu101 cu102 cu111

For additional but optional functionality, run

pip install torch-cluster -f${CUDA}.html
pip install torch-spline-conv -f${CUDA}.html

Note: Binaries of older versions are also provided for PyTorch 1.4.0, PyTorch 1.5.0, PyTorch 1.6.0 and PyTorch 1.7.0/1.7.1 (following the same procedure).

From master

In case you want to experiment with the latest PyG features which are not fully released yet, you can install PyG from master via

pip install git+


Please cite our paper (and the respective papers of the methods used) if you use this code in your own work:

  title={Fast Graph Representation Learning with {PyTorch Geometric}},
  author={Fey, Matthias and Lenssen, Jan E.},
  booktitle={ICLR Workshop on Representation Learning on Graphs and Manifolds},

Feel free to email us if you wish your work to be listed in the external resources. If you notice anything unexpected, please open an issue and let us know. If you have any questions or are missing a specific feature, feel free to discuss them with us. We are motivated to constantly make PyG even better.


Graph Neural Network Library for PyTorch

License:MIT License


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