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Real-Time and Accurate Multi-Person Pose Estimation&Tracking System

repo name MVIG-SJTU/AlphaPose
repo link https://github.com/MVIG-SJTU/AlphaPose
homepage http://mvig.org/research/alphapose.html
language Python
size (curr.) 67261 kB
stars (curr.) 3676
created 2018-01-17
license Other


  • Dec 2019: v0.3.0 version of AlphaPose is released! Smaller model, higher accuracy!
  • Apr 2019: MXNet version of AlphaPose is released! It runs at 23 fps on COCO validation set.
  • Feb 2019: CrowdPose is integrated into AlphaPose Now!
  • Dec 2018: General version of PoseFlow is released! 3X Faster and support pose tracking results visualization!
  • Sep 2018: v0.2.0 version of AlphaPose is released! It runs at 20 fps on COCO validation set (4.6 people per image on average) and achieves 71 mAP!


AlphaPose is an accurate multi-person pose estimator, which is the first open-source system that achieves 70+ mAP (75 mAP) on COCO dataset and 80+ mAP (82.1 mAP) on MPII dataset. To match poses that correspond to the same person across frames, we also provide an efficient online pose tracker called Pose Flow. It is the first open-source online pose tracker that achieves both 60+ mAP (66.5 mAP) and 50+ MOTA (58.3 MOTA) on PoseTrack Challenge dataset.

AlphaPose supports both Linux and Windows!


Pose Estimation

Results on COCO test-dev 2015:

Method AP @0.5:0.95 AP @0.5 AP @0.75 AP medium AP large
OpenPose (CMU-Pose) 61.8 84.9 67.5 57.1 68.2
Detectron (Mask R-CNN) 67.0 88.0 73.1 62.2 75.6
AlphaPose 72.3 89.2 79.1 69.0 78.6

Results on MPII full test set:

Method Head Shoulder Elbow Wrist Hip Knee Ankle Ave
OpenPose (CMU-Pose) 91.2 87.6 77.7 66.8 75.4 68.9 61.7 75.6
Newell & Deng 92.1 89.3 78.9 69.8 76.2 71.6 64.7 77.5
AlphaPose 91.3 90.5 84.0 76.4 80.3 79.9 72.4 82.1

More results and models are available in the docs/MODEL_ZOO.md.

Pose Tracking

Please read PoseFlow/README.md for details.


Please read docs/CrowdPose.md for details.


Please check out docs/INSTALL.md

Model Zoo

Please check out docs/MODEL_ZOO.md

Quick Start

  • Inference: Inference demo
./scripts/inference.sh ${CONFIG} ${CHECKPOINT} ${VIDEO_NAME} # ${OUTPUT_DIR}, optional
  • Training: Train from scratch
./scripts/train.sh ${CONFIG} ${EXP_ID}
  • Validation: Validate your model on MSCOCO val2017
./scripts/validate.sh ${CONFIG} ${CHECKPOINT}


Train FastPose on mscoco dataset.

./scripts/train.sh ./configs/coco/resnet/256x192_res50_lr1e-3_1x.yaml exp_fastpose

More detailed inference options, please refer to GETTING_STARTED.md

Common issue & FAQ

Check out faq.md for faq. If it can not solve your problems or if you find any bugs, don’t hesitate to comment on GitHub or make a pull request!


AlphaPose is based on RMPE(ICCV'17), authored by Hao-Shu Fang, Shuqin Xie, Yu-Wing Tai and Cewu Lu, Cewu Lu is the corresponding author. Currently, it is maintained by Jiefeng Li*, Hao-shu Fang*, Yuliang Xiu and Chao Xu.

The main contributors are listed in doc/contributors.md.


  • Multi-GPU/CPU inference
  • 3D pose
  • add tracking flag
  • PyTorch C++ version
  • Add MPII and AIC data
  • dense support
  • small box easy filter
  • Crowdpose support
  • Speed up PoseFlow
  • Add stronger/light detectors and the mobile pose
  • High level API

We would really appreciate if you can offer any help and be the contributor of AlphaPose.


Please cite these papers in your publications if it helps your research:

  title={{RMPE}: Regional Multi-person Pose Estimation},
  author={Fang, Hao-Shu and Xie, Shuqin and Tai, Yu-Wing and Lu, Cewu},

  title={CrowdPose: Efficient Crowded Scenes Pose Estimation and A New Benchmark},
  author={Li, Jiefeng and Wang, Can and Zhu, Hao and Mao, Yihuan and Fang, Hao-Shu and Lu, Cewu},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1812.00324},

  author = {Xiu, Yuliang and Li, Jiefeng and Wang, Haoyu and Fang, Yinghong and Lu, Cewu},
  title = {{Pose Flow}: Efficient Online Pose Tracking},
  year = {2018}


AlphaPose is freely available for free non-commercial use, and may be redistributed under these conditions. For commercial queries, please drop an e-mail at mvig.alphapose[at]gmail[dot]com and cc lucewu[[at]sjtu[dot]edu[dot]cn. We will send the detail agreement to you.

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