Accelerated PyTorch training on Mac

Metal acceleration

PyTorch uses the new Metal Performance Shaders (MPS) backend for GPU training acceleration. This MPS backend extends the PyTorch framework, providing scripts and capabilities to set up and run operations on Mac. The MPS framework optimizes compute performance with kernels that are fine-tuned for the unique characteristics of each Metal GPU family. The new mps device maps machine learning computational graphs and primitives on the MPS Graph framework and tuned kernels provided by MPS.


  • Mac computers with Apple silicon or AMD GPUs
  • macOS 12.3 or later
  • Python 3.7 or later
  • Xcode command-line tools: xcode-select --install

Get started

You can use either Anaconda or pip. Please note that environment setup will differ between a Mac with Apple silicon and a Mac with Intel x86.

Use the PyTorch installation selector on the installation page to choose Preview (Nightly) for MPS device acceleration. The MPS backend support is part of the PyTorch 1.12 official release. The Preview (Nightly) build of PyTorch will provide the latest mps support on your device.

1. Set up


Apple silicon

curl -O


curl -O

You can use preinstalled pip3, which comes with macOS. Alternatively, you can install it from the Python website or the Homebrew package manager.

2. Install

conda install pytorch torchvision torchaudio -c pytorch-nightly
pip3 install --pre torch torchvision torchaudio --extra-index-url
Building from source

Building PyTorch with MPS support requires Xcode 13.3.1 or later. You can download the latest public Xcode release on the Mac App Store or the latest beta release on the Apple Developer website. The USE_MPS environment variable controls building PyTorch and includes MPS support.

To build PyTorch, follow the instructions provided on the PyTorch website.

3. Verify

You can verify mps support using a simple Python script:

import torch
if torch.backends.mps.is_available():
    mps_device = torch.device("mps")
    x = torch.ones(1, device=mps_device)
    print (x)
    print ("MPS device not found.")

The output should show:

tensor([1.], device='mps:0')


The MPS backend is in the prototype phase, and we’re actively addressing issues and fixing bugs. To report an issue, use the GitHub issue tracker with the label “module: mps”.


PyTorch installation page
PyTorch documentation on MPS backend
Add a new PyTorch operation to MPS backend