TFlite Audio Plugin for Flutter

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Audio classification Tflite package for flutter (iOS & Android). Can also support Google Teachable Machine models.

If you are a complete newbie to audio classification, you can read the tutorial here. Credit to Carolina for writing a comprehensive article.

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RecordingInference result

Table of Contents

About This Plugin

The plugin has several features:

  1. Audio recognition for stored audio files. (Only mono wav files for now)

  2. Audio recognition for recordings.

  3. Tunable parameters for recording/inferences

    • Please look a the parameters below for more information.
  4. Automatically reshape/transpose audio inputs.

This plugin can support several model types:

  1. Google Teachable Machine (Raw audio input)

    • For beginners with little to no machine learning knowledge. You can read can read the tutorial here if you are a newbie.
    • Training can be done here
  2. Raw audio input.

    • Can recognize the following inputs: float32audioLength, 1 or float321, audioLength
    • For more information on how to train your own model, take a look here.
  3. Decoded wav input.

    • Supports two inputs: float32audioLength, 1 and int321
    • For more information on how to train your own model. Take a look here
    • To train a decoded wave with MFCC, take a look here
  4. (Experimental feature) Spectogram, melspectrogram, and MFCC inputs.

    • Please note that this feature is experimental, and results may not be accurate compared to raw audio / decoded wav.
    • Spectrogram model can be trained here tutorial.
  5. (Currently worked on feature) Multiple input and outputs.

Known Issues/Commonly asked questions

  1. How to adjust the recording length/time

    There are two ways to reduce adjust recording length/time:

    • You can increase the recording time by adjusting the bufferSize to a lower value.

    • You can also increase recording time by lowering the sample rate.

    Note: That stretching the value too low will cause problems with model accuracy. In that case, you may want to consider lowering your sample rate as well. Likewise, a very low sample rate can also cause problems with accuracy. It is your job to find the sweetspot for both values.

  2. How to reduce false positives in my model

    To reduce false positives, you may want to adjust the default values of detectionThreshold=0.3 and averageWindowDuration=1000 to a higher value. A good value for both respectively are 0.7 and 1500. For more details about these parameters, please visit this section.

  3. I am getting build errors on iOS

    There are several ways to fix this:

    • Some have reported to fix this issue by replacing the following line:

      target 'Runner' do
        #pod 'TensorFlowLiteSelectTfOps' #Old line
        pod'TensorFlowLiteSelectTfOps','~> 2.6.0' #New line
        flutter_install_all_ios_pods File.dirname(File.realpath(__FILE__))
    • Others have fixed this issue building the app without the line: pod 'TensorFlowLiteSelectTfOps. Then rebuilding the app by re-adding the line again.

    • Remember to run the following below:

      1. cd into iOS folder
      2. Run `flutter pub get` on terminal
      3. Run `pod install` on terminal
      4. Run `flutter clean` on terminal
      5. Run `flutter run` on terminal. All done!
  4. I am getting TensorFlow Lite Error on iOS. - Regular TensorFlow ops are not supported by this interpreter. Make sure you apply/link the Flex delegate before inference

    • Please make sure that you have enabled ops-select on your podfile - step 4 & Xcode - step 5 and build gradle - step 3

    • If you tried above, please run the example on a device (not emulator). If you still recieved this error, its very likely that theres an issue with cocoapod or Xcode configuration. Please check the issue #7

    • If you recieved this error from your custom model (not GTM), its likely that you're using unsupported tensorflow operators for tflite, as found in issue #5. For more details on which operators are supported, look at the official documentation here

    • Take a looking at issue number 3 if none of the above works.

  5. (iOS) App crashes when running Google's Teachable Machine model

    Please run your simulation on actual iOS device. Running your device on M1 macs should also be ok.

    As of this moment, there's limited support for x86_64 architectures from the Tensorflow Lite select-ops framework. If you absolutely need to run it on an emulator, you can consider building the select ops framework yourself. Instructions can be found here

  6. (Android) Fatal signal 11 (SIGSEGV), code 1 (SEGV_MAPERR), fault addr 0xfffffff4 in tid 5403

    It seems like the latest tflite package for android is causing this issue. Until this issue is fixed, please run this package on an actual Android Device.

Please Read If You Are Using Google's Teachable Machine. (Otherwise Skip)

BE AWARE: Google's Teachable Machine requires select tensorflow operators to work. This feature is experimental and will cause the following issues:

  1. Increase the overall size of your app. If this is unnacceptable for you, it's recommended that you build your own custom model. Tutorials can be found in the About this plugin section

  2. Emulators for iOS do not work due to limited support for x86_64 architectures. You need to run your simulation on an actual device. Issue can be found here

  3. You will need to manually implement ops-select on your podfile - step 4 & Xcode - step 5 and build gradle - step 3

How to add tflite model and label to flutter:

  1. Create an assets folder and then place your custom tflite model and labels inside.

  1. In pubsec.yaml, link your tflite model and label under 'assets'. For example:
    - assets/decoded_wav_model.tflite
    - assets/decoded_wav_label.txt

How to use this plugin

Please look at the example on how to implement these futures.

  1. To add the package in pubspec.yaml, open your terminal and run this line in your flutter project:

    flutter pub add tflite_audio
  2. Import the plugin. For example:

    import 'package:tflite_audio/tflite_audio.dart';
  1. To load your model:
   //Example for decodedWav models
         model: 'assets/conv_actions_frozen.tflite',
         label: 'assets/conv_actions_label.txt',
         inputType: 'decodedWav');

   //Example for Google's Teachable Machine models
         model: 'assets/google_teach_machine_model.tflite',
         label: 'assets/google_teach_machine_label.txt',
         inputType: 'rawAudio');

   //Example if you want to take advantage of all optional parameters from loadModel()
       model: 'assets/conv_actions_frozen.tflite',
       label: 'assets/conv_actions_label.txt',
       inputType: 'decodedWav',
       outputRawScores: false, 
       numThreads: 1,
       isAsset: true,
  1. To start and listen to the stream for inference results:

    • Declare stream value

      Stream<Map<dynamic, dynamic>> recognitionStream;
    • If you want to use the recognition stream for recording:

      //Example values for Google's Teachable Machine models
      recognitionStream = TfliteAudio.startAudioRecognition(
        sampleRate: 44100,
        bufferSize: 22016,
      //Example values for decodedWav
      recognitionStream = TfliteAudio.startAudioRecognition(
        sampleRate: 16000,
        bufferSize: 2000,
      //Example for advanced users who want to utilise all optional parameters from this package. 
      //Note the values are default.
      recognitionStream = TfliteAudio.startAudioRecognition(
        sampleRate: 44100,
        bufferSize: 22016,
        numOfInferences: 5,
        audioLength = 44032,
        detectionThreshold: 0.3, 
        averageWindowDuration = 1000,
        minimumTimeBetweenSamples = 30,
        suppressionTime = 1500,
    • If you want to use the recognition stream for stored audio files.

       //Example values for Google teachable models
       recognitionStream = TfliteAudio.startFileRecognition(
         sampleRate: 44100,
         audioDirectory: "assets/sampleAudio.wav",
      //Examples values for decodedWav
       recognitionStream = TfliteAudio.startFileRecognition(
         sampleRate: 16000,
         audioDirectory: "assets/sampleAudio.wav",
       //Example for advanced users who want to utilise all optional parameters from this package. 
       recognitionStream = TfliteAudio.startFileRecognition(
         sampleRate: 44100,
         audioDirectory: "assets/sampleAudio.wav",
         audioLength: 44032,
         detectionThreshold: 0.3,
         averageWindowDuration: 1000,
         minimumTimeBetweenSamples: 30,
         suppressionTime: 1500,
    • Listen for results

      String result = '';
      int inferenceTime = 0;
            result = event["inferenceTime"];
            inferenceTime = event["recognitionResult"];
             //Do something here when stream closes
  2. To forcibly cancel recognition stream


Rough guide on the parameters

  • outputRawScores - Will output the result as an array in string format. For example '[0.2, 0.6, 0.1, 0.1]'

  • numThreads - Higher threads will reduce inferenceTime. However, will utilise the more cpu resource.

  • isAsset - is your model, label or audio file in the asset file? If yes, set true. If the files are outside (such as external storage), set false.

  • numOfInferences - determines how many times you want to loop the recording and inference. For example: numOfInference = 3 will repeat the recording three times, so recording length will be (1 to 2 seconds) x 3 = (3 to 6 seconds). Also the model will output the scores three times.

  • sampleRate - A higher sample rate may improve accuracy for recordings. Recommened values are 16000, 22050, 44100

  • audioLength - Default is 0 as the plugin will determine the length for you. You can manually adjust this if you wish to shorten or extend the number of audio samples.

  • bufferSize - A lower value will lengthen the recording. Likewise, a higehr value will shorten the recording. Make sure this value is equal or below your recording length.

  • detectionThreshold - Will ignore any predictions where its probability does not exceed the detection threshold. Useful for situations where you pickup unwanted/unintentional sounds. Lower the value if your model's performance isn't doing too well.

  • suppressionMs - If your detection triggers too early, the result may be poor or inaccurate. Adjust the values to avoid this situation.

  • averageWindowDurationMs - Use to remove earlier results that are too old.

  • minimumTimeBetweenSamples - Ignore any results that are coming in too frequently

Android Installation & Permissions

  1. Add the permissions below to your AndroidManifest. This could be found in <YourApp>/android/app/src. For example:

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECORD_AUDIO" />
    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
  2. Edit the following below to your build.gradle. This could be found in <YourApp>/app/src/. For example:

    aaptOptions {
            noCompress 'tflite'

NOTE: Skip below if your are not using Google Teachable Machine (Android)

  1. Enable select-ops under dependencies in your build gradle.

    dependencies {
        compile 'org.tensorflow:tensorflow-lite-select-tf-ops:+'

iOS Installation & Permissions

  1. Add the following key to Info.plist for iOS. This could be found in <YourApp>/ios/Runner

    <string>Record audio for playback</string>
  2. Change the deployment target to a minumum of 12.0 or higher. This could be done by:

    • Open your project workspace on xcode. Project workspace can be found here: <YourApp>/ios/Runner.xcworkspace

    • Select the top level Runner on the left panel

    • Select the Runner under Project.

    • Under the info tab, change the iOS deployment target to a minimum of 12.0 or higher

  3. Open your podfile (found here: <YourApp>/ios/Podfile) and change platform ios to a minimum 12 or higher.

    platform :ios, '12.0'

NOTE: Skip below if your are not using Google Teachable Machine (iOS)

  1. In the same podfile, add `pod 'TensorFlowLiteSelectTfOps' under target.

    target 'Runner' do
      pod'TensorFlowLiteSelectTfOps','~> 2.6.0' #Add this line here
      flutter_install_all_ios_pods File.dirname(File.realpath(__FILE__))
  2. Force load Select Ops for Tensorflow. To do that:

    • Open your project on xcode

    • click on runner under "Targets"

    • Click on "Build settings" tab

    • Click on "All" tab

    • Click on the empty space which is on the right side of "Other Links Flag"

    • Add the following line: -force_load $(SRCROOT)/Pods/TensorFlowLiteSelectTfOps/Frameworks/TensorFlowLiteSelectTfOps.framework/TensorFlowLiteSelectTfOps

  1. Install the ops-select package to pod. To do this:

    • cd into iOS folder

    • Run flutter pub get on terminal

    • Run pod install on terminal

    • Run flutter clean on terminal

    • Run flutter run on terminal. All done!


This project wouldn't of been possible if it wasn't for the following:

  1. Project is based on:
  2. Tflite & select ops:
  3. Spectogram libraries:
  4. RxJava and RxSwift