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Working with remote projects and objects

MLEM objects could be saved in different locations, such as Git repositories, cloud object buckets, local directories, etc. In this section, we will discuss how to work with remote Git repositories and cloud buckets, but the same logic extends to other locations.

In our examples MLEM projects will exist in those locations, although it's required for mlem list only. Other commands such as mlem clone, mlem apply, and mlem.api.load() will work as they should whether there is a MLEM project or not.

Listing objects

Models and Data stored inside MLEM projects can be listed with mlem list.

Let's list objects inside a remote Git example repository, without the need of cloning it.

$ mlem list https://github.com/iterative/example-mlem-get-started \
  --rev simple

Which gives us:

 - pip_config
 - iris.csv
 - rf
 - myservice
 - staging

Loading objects

One can use URL addresses to load objects (models, data, etc.) from remote repositories directly:

from mlem.api import load

model = load(

Cloning objects

You can easily download the object to your local machine so as to use it later using the clone command.

$ mlem clone rf \
  --project https://github.com/iterative/example-mlem-get-started \
  --rev simple \
⏳️ Loading meta from https://github.com/iterative/example-mlem-get-started/tree/simple/.mlem/model/rf.mlem
🐏 Cloning https://github.com/iterative/example-mlem-get-started/tree/simple/.mlem/model/rf.mlem
💾 Saving model to .mlem/model/ml_model.mlem

Cloud remotes

MLEM can also be used with any cloud/remote supported by fsspec, e.g. s3. This is useful in scenarios where objects are stored in a remote location without the need to version them (otherwise we strongly recommend to use DVC)

To do so, one can use paths with the corresponding file system protocol & path such as s3://<bucket>/

$ mlem init s3://example-mlem-get-started
$ mlem clone rf s3://example-mlem-get-started/rf
⏳️ Loading meta from .mlem/model/rf.mlem
🐏 Cloning .mlem/model/rf.mlem
💾 Saving model to s3://example-mlem-get-started/.mlem/model/rf.mlem

This model can now be loaded via API or can be used in CLI commands as though it existed locally:

from mlem.api import load
model = load("rf", project="s3://example-mlem-get-started")
$ mlem apply rf \
  --project s3://example-mlem-get-started \
  test_x.csv --json
[1, 0, 2, 1, 1, 0, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 2, 1, 0]


Working with remote projects and objects have several different use-cases, some of which we covered above:

  1. List different MLEM objects (models, data) in remote MLEM projects.
  2. Load objects (models, data) from remote Git repositories directly into Python runtime.
  3. Clone objects (models, data) from remote Git repositories.
  4. Initialize MLEM project in a remote bucket and use it.

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