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exp branch

Commit the results from an experiment in a new Git branch.


usage: dvc exp branch [-h] [-q | -v] experiment branch

positional arguments:
  experiment     Experiment to turn into a branch
  branch         Git branch name to use


Makes a named Git branch containing the target experiment (making it persistent). For checkpoint experiments, the new branch will contain multiple commits (the checkpoints).

The new branch will be based on the experiment's parent commit (HEAD at the time that the experiment was run). Note that DVC does not switch into the new branch automatically.

dvc exp branch is useful to make an experiment persistent without modifying the workspace, so they can be continued, stored, and shared in a normal Git + DVC workflow.

To switch into the new branch, use git checkout branch and dvc checkout. Or use git merge branch and dvc repro to combine it with your current project version.


  • -h, --help - shows the help message and exit.
  • -q, --quiet - do not write anything to standard output. Exit with 0 if no problems arise, otherwise 1.
  • -v, --verbose - displays detailed tracing information from executing the dvc pull command.

Example: Make a persistent branch from an experiment

This example is based on our Get Started, where you can find the actual source code.

Let's say we have run 3 experiments in our project:

$ dvc exp show --include-params=featurize
โ”ƒ Experiment            โ”ƒ Created      โ”ƒ     auc โ”ƒ featurize.max_features โ”ƒ featurize.ngrams โ”ƒ
โ”‚ workspace             โ”‚ -            โ”‚ 0.61314 โ”‚ 1500                   โ”‚ 2                โ”‚
โ”‚ 10-bigrams-experiment โ”‚ Jun 20, 2020 โ”‚ 0.61314 โ”‚ 1500                   โ”‚ 2                โ”‚
โ”‚ โ”œโ”€โ”€ exp-e6c97         โ”‚ Oct 21, 2020 โ”‚ 0.61314 โ”‚ 1500                   โ”‚ 2                โ”‚
โ”‚ โ”œโ”€โ”€ exp-1dad0         โ”‚ Oct 09, 2020 โ”‚ 0.57756 โ”‚ 2000                   โ”‚ 2                โ”‚
โ”‚ โ””โ”€โ”€ exp-1df77         โ”‚ Oct 09, 2020 โ”‚ 0.51676 โ”‚ 500                    โ”‚ 2                โ”‚

We may want to branch-off exp-1dad0 for a separate experimentation process (based on 2000 max_features).

$ dvc exp branch exp-1dad0 maxf-2000
Git branch 'maxf-2000' has been created from experiment 'exp-1dad0'.
To switch to the new branch run:
        git checkout my-branch

We can inspect the result with Git:

$ git branch
* master

maxf-2000 can now be checked out, merged, rebased, pushed, etc. like any other Git branch.


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