Changelog

For download links, please look at Github release page.

Pre-Release 2.9.0a0 (WIP)

Breaking Changes:

  • The seed argument has been moved from learn() method to model constructor in order to have reproducible results

New Features:

  • Add n_cpu_tf_sess to model constructor to choose the number of threads used by Tensorflow

Bug Fixes:

  • Fix seeding, so it is now possible to have deterministic results on cpu
  • Fix a bug in DDPG where predict method with deterministic=False would fail

Deprecations:

  • nprocs (ACKTR) and num_procs (ACER) are deprecated in favor of n_cpu_tf_sess which is now common to all algorithms

Others:

  • Add upper bound for Tensorflow version (<2.0.0).

Documentation:

  • Add Snake Game AI project (@pedrohbtp)
  • Add note on the support Tensorflow versions.
  • Remove unnecessary steps required for Windows installation.

Release 2.8.0 (2019-09-29)

MPI dependency optional, new save format, ACKTR with continuous actions

Breaking Changes:

  • OpenMPI-dependent algorithms (PPO1, TRPO, GAIL, DDPG) are disabled in the default installation of stable_baselines. mpi4py is now installed as an extra. When mpi4py is not available, stable-baselines skips imports of OpenMPI-dependent algorithms. See installation notes and Issue #430.
  • SubprocVecEnv now defaults to a thread-safe start method, forkserver when available and otherwise spawn. This may require application code be wrapped in if __name__ == ‘__main__’. You can restore previous behavior by explicitly setting start_method = ‘fork’. See PR #428.
  • Updated dependencies: tensorflow v1.8.0 is now required
  • Removed checkpoint_path and checkpoint_freq argument from DQN that were not used
  • Removed bench/benchmark.py that was not used
  • Removed several functions from common/tf_util.py that were not used
  • Removed ppo1/run_humanoid.py

New Features:

  • important change Switch to using zip-archived JSON and Numpy savez for storing models for better support across library/Python versions. (@Miffyli)
  • ACKTR now supports continuous actions
  • Add double_q argument to DQN constructor

Bug Fixes:

  • Skip automatic imports of OpenMPI-dependent algorithms to avoid an issue where OpenMPI would cause stable-baselines to hang on Ubuntu installs. See installation notes and Issue #430.
  • Fix a bug when calling logger.configure() with MPI enabled (@keshaviyengar)
  • set allow_pickle=True for numpy>=1.17.0 when loading expert dataset
  • Fix a bug when using VecCheckNan with numpy ndarray as state. Issue #489. (@ruifeng96150)

Deprecations:

  • Models saved with cloudpickle format (stable-baselines<=2.7.0) are now deprecated in favor of zip-archive format for better support across Python/Tensorflow versions. (@Miffyli)

Others:

  • Implementations of noise classes (AdaptiveParamNoiseSpec, NormalActionNoise, OrnsteinUhlenbeckActionNoise) were moved from stable_baselines.ddpg.noise to stable_baselines.common.noise. The API remains backward-compatible; for example from stable_baselines.ddpg.noise import NormalActionNoise is still okay. (@shwang)
  • Docker images were updated
  • Cleaned up files in common/ folder and in acktr/ folder that were only used by old ACKTR version (e.g. filter.py)
  • Renamed acktr_disc.py to acktr.py

Documentation:

  • Add WaveRL project (@jaberkow)
  • Add Fenics-DRL project (@DonsetPG)
  • Fix and rename custom policy names (@eavelardev)
  • Add documentation on exporting models.
  • Update maintainers list (Welcome to @Miffyli)

Release 2.7.0 (2019-07-31)

Twin Delayed DDPG (TD3) and GAE bug fix (TRPO, PPO1, GAIL)

Breaking Changes:

New Features:

  • added Twin Delayed DDPG (TD3) algorithm, with HER support
  • added support for continuous action spaces to action_probability, computing the PDF of a Gaussian policy in addition to the existing support for categorical stochastic policies.
  • added flag to action_probability to return log-probabilities.
  • added support for python lists and numpy arrays in logger.writekvs. (@dwiel)
  • the info dict returned by VecEnvs now include a terminal_observation key providing access to the last observation in a trajectory. (@qxcv)

Bug Fixes:

  • fixed a bug in traj_segment_generator where the episode_starts was wrongly recorded, resulting in wrong calculation of Generalized Advantage Estimation (GAE), this affects TRPO, PPO1 and GAIL (thanks to @miguelrass for spotting the bug)
  • added missing property n_batch in BasePolicy.

Deprecations:

Others:

  • renamed some keys in traj_segment_generator to be more meaningful
  • retrieve unnormalized reward when using Monitor wrapper with TRPO, PPO1 and GAIL to display them in the logs (mean episode reward)
  • clean up DDPG code (renamed variables)

Documentation:

  • doc fix for the hyperparameter tuning command in the rl zoo
  • added an example on how to log additional variable with tensorboard and a callback

Release 2.6.0 (2019-06-12)

Hindsight Experience Replay (HER) - Reloaded | get/load parameters

Breaking Changes:

  • breaking change removed stable_baselines.ddpg.memory in favor of stable_baselines.deepq.replay_buffer (see fix below)

Breaking Change: DDPG replay buffer was unified with DQN/SAC replay buffer. As a result, when loading a DDPG model trained with stable_baselines<2.6.0, it throws an import error. You can fix that using:

import sys
import pkg_resources

import stable_baselines

# Fix for breaking change for DDPG buffer in v2.6.0
if pkg_resources.get_distribution("stable_baselines").version >= "2.6.0":
    sys.modules['stable_baselines.ddpg.memory'] = stable_baselines.deepq.replay_buffer
    stable_baselines.deepq.replay_buffer.Memory = stable_baselines.deepq.replay_buffer.ReplayBuffer

We recommend you to save again the model afterward, so the fix won’t be needed the next time the trained agent is loaded.

New Features:

  • revamped HER implementation: clean re-implementation from scratch, now supports DQN, SAC and DDPG
  • add action_noise param for SAC, it helps exploration for problem with deceptive reward
  • The parameter filter_size of the function conv in A2C utils now supports passing a list/tuple of two integers (height and width), in order to have non-squared kernel matrix. (@yutingsz)
  • add random_exploration parameter for DDPG and SAC, it may be useful when using HER + DDPG/SAC. This hack was present in the original OpenAI Baselines DDPG + HER implementation.
  • added load_parameters and get_parameters to base RL class. With these methods, users are able to load and get parameters to/from existing model, without touching tensorflow. (@Miffyli)
  • added specific hyperparameter for PPO2 to clip the value function (cliprange_vf)
  • added VecCheckNan wrapper

Bug Fixes:

  • bugfix for VecEnvWrapper.__getattr__ which enables access to class attributes inherited from parent classes.
  • fixed path splitting in TensorboardWriter._get_latest_run_id() on Windows machines (@PatrickWalter214)
  • fixed a bug where initial learning rate is logged instead of its placeholder in A2C.setup_model (@sc420)
  • fixed a bug where number of timesteps is incorrectly updated and logged in A2C.learn and A2C._train_step (@sc420)
  • fixed num_timesteps (total_timesteps) variable in PPO2 that was wrongly computed.
  • fixed a bug in DDPG/DQN/SAC, when there were the number of samples in the replay buffer was lesser than the batch size (thanks to @dwiel for spotting the bug)
  • removed a2c.utils.find_trainable_params please use common.tf_util.get_trainable_vars instead. find_trainable_params was returning all trainable variables, discarding the scope argument. This bug was causing the model to save duplicated parameters (for DDPG and SAC) but did not affect the performance.

Deprecations:

  • deprecated memory_limit and memory_policy in DDPG, please use buffer_size instead. (will be removed in v3.x.x)

Others:

  • important change switched to using dictionaries rather than lists when storing parameters, with tensorflow Variable names being the keys. (@Miffyli)
  • removed unused dependencies (tdqm, dill, progressbar2, seaborn, glob2, click)
  • removed get_available_gpus function which hadn’t been used anywhere (@Pastafarianist)

Documentation:

  • added guide for managing NaN and inf
  • updated ven_env doc
  • misc doc updates

Release 2.5.1 (2019-05-04)

Bug fixes + improvements in the VecEnv

Warning: breaking changes when using custom policies

  • doc update (fix example of result plotter + improve doc)
  • fixed logger issues when stdout lacks read function
  • fixed a bug in common.dataset.Dataset where shuffling was not disabled properly (it affects only PPO1 with recurrent policies)
  • fixed output layer name for DDPG q function, used in pop-art normalization and l2 regularization of the critic
  • added support for multi env recording to generate_expert_traj (@XMaster96)
  • added support for LSTM model recording to generate_expert_traj (@XMaster96)
  • GAIL: remove mandatory matplotlib dependency and refactor as subclass of TRPO (@kantneel and @AdamGleave)
  • added get_attr(), env_method() and set_attr() methods for all VecEnv. Those methods now all accept indices keyword to select a subset of envs. set_attr now returns None rather than a list of None. (@kantneel)
  • GAIL: gail.dataset.ExpertDataset supports loading from memory rather than file, and gail.dataset.record_expert supports returning in-memory rather than saving to file.
  • added support in VecEnvWrapper for accessing attributes of arbitrarily deeply nested instances of VecEnvWrapper and VecEnv. This is allowed as long as the attribute belongs to exactly one of the nested instances i.e. it must be unambiguous. (@kantneel)
  • fixed bug where result plotter would crash on very short runs (@Pastafarianist)
  • added option to not trim output of result plotter by number of timesteps (@Pastafarianist)
  • clarified the public interface of BasePolicy and ActorCriticPolicy. Breaking change when using custom policies: masks_ph is now called dones_ph, and most placeholders were made private: e.g. self.value_fn is now self._value_fn
  • support for custom stateful policies.
  • fixed episode length recording in trpo_mpi.utils.traj_segment_generator (@GerardMaggiolino)

Release 2.5.0 (2019-03-28)

Working GAIL, pretrain RL models and hotfix for A2C with continuous actions

  • fixed various bugs in GAIL
  • added scripts to generate dataset for gail
  • added tests for GAIL + data for Pendulum-v0
  • removed unused utils file in DQN folder
  • fixed a bug in A2C where actions were cast to int32 even in the continuous case
  • added addional logging to A2C when Monitor wrapper is used
  • changed logging for PPO2: do not display NaN when reward info is not present
  • change default value of A2C lr schedule
  • removed behavior cloning script
  • added pretrain method to base class, in order to use behavior cloning on all models
  • fixed close() method for DummyVecEnv.
  • added support for Dict spaces in DummyVecEnv and SubprocVecEnv. (@AdamGleave)
  • added support for arbitrary multiprocessing start methods and added a warning about SubprocVecEnv that are not thread-safe by default. (@AdamGleave)
  • added support for Discrete actions for GAIL
  • fixed deprecation warning for tf: replaces tf.to_float() by tf.cast()
  • fixed bug in saving and loading ddpg model when using normalization of obs or returns (@tperol)
  • changed DDPG default buffer size from 100 to 50000.
  • fixed a bug in ddpg.py in combined_stats for eval. Computed mean on eval_episode_rewards and eval_qs (@keshaviyengar)
  • fixed a bug in setup.py that would error on non-GPU systems without TensorFlow installed

Release 2.4.1 (2019-02-11)

Bug fixes and improvements

  • fixed computation of training metrics in TRPO and PPO1
  • added reset_num_timesteps keyword when calling train() to continue tensorboard learning curves
  • reduced the size taken by tensorboard logs (added a full_tensorboard_log to enable full logging, which was the previous behavior)
  • fixed image detection for tensorboard logging
  • fixed ACKTR for recurrent policies
  • fixed gym breaking changes
  • fixed custom policy examples in the doc for DQN and DDPG
  • remove gym spaces patch for equality functions
  • fixed tensorflow dependency: cpu version was installed overwritting tensorflow-gpu when present.
  • fixed a bug in traj_segment_generator (used in ppo1 and trpo) where new was not updated. (spotted by @junhyeokahn)

Release 2.4.0 (2019-01-17)

Soft Actor-Critic (SAC) and policy kwargs

  • added Soft Actor-Critic (SAC) model
  • fixed a bug in DQN where prioritized_replay_beta_iters param was not used
  • fixed DDPG that did not save target network parameters
  • fixed bug related to shape of true_reward (@abhiskk)
  • fixed example code in documentation of tf_util:Function (@JohannesAck)
  • added learning rate schedule for SAC
  • fixed action probability for continuous actions with actor-critic models
  • added optional parameter to action_probability for likelihood calculation of given action being taken.
  • added more flexible custom LSTM policies
  • added auto entropy coefficient optimization for SAC
  • clip continuous actions at test time too for all algorithms (except SAC/DDPG where it is not needed)
  • added a mean to pass kwargs to policy when creating a model (+ save those kwargs)
  • fixed DQN examples in DQN folder
  • added possibility to pass activation function for DDPG, DQN and SAC

Release 2.3.0 (2018-12-05)

  • added support for storing model in file like object. (thanks to @erniejunior)
  • fixed wrong image detection when using tensorboard logging with DQN
  • fixed bug in ppo2 when passing non callable lr after loading
  • fixed tensorboard logging in ppo2 when nminibatches=1
  • added early stoppping via callback return value (@erniejunior)
  • added more flexible custom mlp policies (@erniejunior)

Release 2.2.1 (2018-11-18)

  • added VecVideoRecorder to record mp4 videos from environment.

Release 2.2.0 (2018-11-07)

  • Hotfix for ppo2, the wrong placeholder was used for the value function

Release 2.1.2 (2018-11-06)

  • added async_eigen_decomp parameter for ACKTR and set it to False by default (remove deprecation warnings)
  • added methods for calling env methods/setting attributes inside a VecEnv (thanks to @bjmuld)
  • updated gym minimum version

Release 2.1.1 (2018-10-20)

  • fixed MpiAdam synchronization issue in PPO1 (thanks to @brendenpetersen) issue #50
  • fixed dependency issues (new mujoco-py requires a mujoco licence + gym broke MultiDiscrete space shape)

Release 2.1.0 (2018-10-2)

Warning

This version contains breaking changes for DQN policies, please read the full details

Bug fixes + doc update

  • added patch fix for equal function using gym.spaces.MultiDiscrete and gym.spaces.MultiBinary
  • fixes for DQN action_probability
  • re-added double DQN + refactored DQN policies breaking changes
  • replaced async with async_eigen_decomp in ACKTR/KFAC for python 3.7 compatibility
  • removed action clipping for prediction of continuous actions (see issue #36)
  • fixed NaN issue due to clipping the continuous action in the wrong place (issue #36)
  • documentation was updated (policy + DDPG example hyperparameters)

Release 2.0.0 (2018-09-18)

Warning

This version contains breaking changes, please read the full details

Tensorboard, refactoring and bug fixes

  • Renamed DeepQ to DQN breaking changes
  • Renamed DeepQPolicy to DQNPolicy breaking changes
  • fixed DDPG behavior breaking changes
  • changed default policies for DDPG, so that DDPG now works correctly breaking changes
  • added more documentation (some modules from common).
  • added doc about using custom env
  • added Tensorboard support for A2C, ACER, ACKTR, DDPG, DeepQ, PPO1, PPO2 and TRPO
  • added episode reward to Tensorboard
  • added documentation for Tensorboard usage
  • added Identity for Box action space
  • fixed render function ignoring parameters when using wrapped environments
  • fixed PPO1 and TRPO done values for recurrent policies
  • fixed image normalization not occurring when using images
  • updated VecEnv objects for the new Gym version
  • added test for DDPG
  • refactored DQN policies
  • added registry for policies, can be passed as string to the agent
  • added documentation for custom policies + policy registration
  • fixed numpy warning when using DDPG Memory
  • fixed DummyVecEnv not copying the observation array when stepping and resetting
  • added pre-built docker images + installation instructions
  • added deterministic argument in the predict function
  • added assert in PPO2 for recurrent policies
  • fixed predict function to handle both vectorized and unwrapped environment
  • added input check to the predict function
  • refactored ActorCritic models to reduce code duplication
  • refactored Off Policy models (to begin HER and replay_buffer refactoring)
  • added tests for auto vectorization detection
  • fixed render function, to handle positional arguments

Release 1.0.7 (2018-08-29)

Bug fixes and documentation

  • added html documentation using sphinx + integration with read the docs
  • cleaned up README + typos
  • fixed normalization for DQN with images
  • fixed DQN identity test

Release 1.0.1 (2018-08-20)

Refactored Stable Baselines

  • refactored A2C, ACER, ACTKR, DDPG, DeepQ, GAIL, TRPO, PPO1 and PPO2 under a single constant class
  • added callback to refactored algorithm training
  • added saving and loading to refactored algorithms
  • refactored ACER, DDPG, GAIL, PPO1 and TRPO to fit with A2C, PPO2 and ACKTR policies
  • added new policies for most algorithms (Mlp, MlpLstm, MlpLnLstm, Cnn, CnnLstm and CnnLnLstm)
  • added dynamic environment switching (so continual RL learning is now feasible)
  • added prediction from observation and action probability from observation for all the algorithms
  • fixed graphs issues, so models wont collide in names
  • fixed behavior_clone weight loading for GAIL
  • fixed Tensorflow using all the GPU VRAM
  • fixed models so that they are all compatible with vectorized environments
  • fixed `set_global_seed` to update `gym.spaces`’s random seed
  • fixed PPO1 and TRPO performance issues when learning identity function
  • added new tests for loading, saving, continuous actions and learning the identity function
  • fixed DQN wrapping for atari
  • added saving and loading for Vecnormalize wrapper
  • added automatic detection of action space (for the policy network)
  • fixed ACER buffer with constant values assuming n_stack=4
  • fixed some RL algorithms not clipping the action to be in the action_space, when using `gym.spaces.Box`
  • refactored algorithms can take either a `gym.Environment` or a `str` ([if the environment name is registered](https://github.com/openai/gym/wiki/Environments))
  • Hoftix in ACER (compared to v1.0.0)

Future Work :

  • Finish refactoring HER
  • Refactor ACKTR and ACER for continuous implementation

Release 0.1.6 (2018-07-27)

Deobfuscation of the code base + pep8 and fixes

  • Fixed tf.session().__enter__() being used, rather than sess = tf.session() and passing the session to the objects
  • Fixed uneven scoping of TensorFlow Sessions throughout the code
  • Fixed rolling vecwrapper to handle observations that are not only grayscale images
  • Fixed deepq saving the environment when trying to save itself
  • Fixed ValueError: Cannot take the length of Shape with unknown rank. in acktr, when running run_atari.py script.
  • Fixed calling baselines sequentially no longer creates graph conflicts
  • Fixed mean on empty array warning with deepq
  • Fixed kfac eigen decomposition not cast to float64, when the parameter use_float64 is set to True
  • Fixed Dataset data loader, not correctly resetting id position if shuffling is disabled
  • Fixed EOFError when reading from connection in the worker in subproc_vec_env.py
  • Fixed behavior_clone weight loading and saving for GAIL
  • Avoid taking root square of negative number in trpo_mpi.py
  • Removed some duplicated code (a2cpolicy, trpo_mpi)
  • Removed unused, undocumented and crashing function reset_task in subproc_vec_env.py
  • Reformated code to PEP8 style
  • Documented all the codebase
  • Added atari tests
  • Added logger tests

Missing: tests for acktr continuous (+ HER, rely on mujoco…)

Maintainers

Stable-Baselines is currently maintained by Ashley Hill (aka @hill-a), Antonin Raffin (aka @araffin), Maximilian Ernestus (aka @erniejunior), Adam Gleave (@AdamGleave) and Anssi Kanervisto (aka @Miffyli).

Contributors (since v2.0.0):

In random order…

Thanks to @bjmuld @iambenzo @iandanforth @r7vme @brendenpetersen @huvar @abhiskk @JohannesAck @EliasHasle @mrakgr @Bleyddyn @antoine-galataud @junhyeokahn @AdamGleave @keshaviyengar @tperol @XMaster96 @kantneel @Pastafarianist @GerardMaggiolino @PatrickWalter214 @yutingsz @sc420 @Aaahh @billtubbs @Miffyli @dwiel @miguelrass @qxcv @jaberkow @eavelardev @ruifeng96150 @pedrohbtp