Object detection guide for Web

The MediaPipe Object Detector task lets you detect the presence and location of multiple classes of objects. This task takes image data and outputs a list of detection results, each representing an object identified in the image. The code sample described in these instructions is available on CodePen.

You can see this task in action by viewing the demo. For more information about the capabilities, models, and configuration options of this task, see the Overview.

Code example

The example code for Object Detector provides a complete implementation of this task in JavaScript for your reference. This code helps you test this task and get started on building your own text classification app. You can view, run, and edit the Object Detector example code using just your web browser.


This section describes key steps for setting up your development environment specifically to use Object Detector. For general information on setting up your web and JavaScript development environment, including platform version requirements, see the Setup guide for web.

JavaScript packages

Object Detector code is available through the MediaPipe @mediapipe/tasks-vision NPM package. You can find and download these libraries by following the instructions in the platform Setup guide.

You can install the required packages through NPM using the following command:

npm install @mediapipe/tasks-vision

If you want to import the task code via a content delivery network (CDN) service, add the following code in the <head> tag in your HTML file:

<!-- You can replace JSDeliver with another CDN if you prefer to -->
  <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@mediapipe/tasks-vision/vision_bundle.js"


The MediaPipe Object Detector task requires a trained model that is compatible with this task. For more information on available trained models for Object Detector, see the task overview in the Models section.

Select and download a model, and then store it within your project directory:


Create the task

Use one of the Object Detector ObjectDetector.createFrom...() functions to prepare the task for running inferences. Use the createFromModelPath() function with a relative or absolute path to the trained model file. If your model is already loaded into memory, you can use the createFromModelBuffer() method. The code example below demonstrates using the createFromOptions() function, which allows you to set more configuration options. For more information on the available configuration options, see Configuration options section.

The following code demonstrates how to build and configure this task:

const vision = await FilesetResolver.forVisionTasks(
  // path/to/wasm/root
objectDetector = await ObjectDetector.createFromOptions(vision, {
  baseOptions: {
    modelAssetPath: `https://storage.googleapis.com/mediapipe-tasks/object_detector/efficientdet_lite0_uint8.tflite`
  scoreThreshold: 0.5,
  runningMode: runningMode

For a more complete implementation of creating a Object Detector task, see the code example.

Configuration options

This task has the following configuration options for Web applications:

Option Name Description Value Range Default Value
runningMode Sets the running mode for the task. There are two modes:

IMAGE: The mode for single image inputs.

VIDEO: The mode for decoded frames of a video or on a livestream of input data, such as from a camera.
displayNamesLocale Sets the language of labels to use for display names provided in the metadata of the task's model, if available. Default is en for English. You can add localized labels to the metadata of a custom model using the TensorFlow Lite Metadata Writer API Locale code en
maxResults Sets the optional maximum number of top-scored detection results to return. Any positive numbers -1 (all results are returned)
scoreThreshold Sets the prediction score threshold that overrides the one provided in the model metadata (if any). Results below this value are rejected. Any float Not set
categoryAllowlist Sets the optional list of allowed category names. If non-empty, detection results whose category name is not in this set will be filtered out. Duplicate or unknown category names are ignored. This option is mutually exclusive with categoryDenylist and using both results in an error. Any strings Not set
categoryDenylist Sets the optional list of category names that are not allowed. If non-empty, detection results whose category name is in this set will be filtered out. Duplicate or unknown category names are ignored. This option is mutually exclusive with categoryAllowlist and using both results in an error. Any strings Not set

Prepare data

Object Detector can detect objects in images in any format supported by the host browser. The task also handles data input preprocessing, including resizing, rotation and value normalization. To detect objects in videos, you can use the API to quickly process a frame at a time, using the timestamp of the frame to determine when the gestures occur in the video.

Run the task

The Object Detector uses detect() for working on single images and detectForVideo() work detecting objects in video frames. The task processes the data, attempts to recognize objects, and then reports the results.

Calls to the detect() and detectForVideo() methods run synchronously and block the user interface thread. If you recognize objects in video frames from a device's camera, each classification blocks the main thread. You can prevent this by implementing web workers to run the detection on another thread.

The following code demonstrates how execute the processing with the task model:


const image = document.getElementById("image") as HTMLImageElement;
const detections = objectDetector.detect(image);


await objectDetector.setOptions({ runningMode: "video" });

let lastVideoTime = -1;
function renderLoop(): void {
  const video = document.getElementById("video");

  if (video.currentTime !== lastVideoTime) {
    const detections = detector.detectForVideo(video);
    lastVideoTime = video.currentTime;

  requestAnimationFrame(() => {

For a more complete implementation of running an Object Detector task, see the code example.

Handle and display results

The Object Detector generates a detection results object for each detection run. The results object contains a list of detections, where each detection includes a bounding box and category information about the detected object, including the name of the object and a confidence score.

The following shows an example of the output data from this task:

 Detection #0:
  Box: (x: 355, y: 133, w: 190, h: 206)
   index       : 17
   score       : 0.73828
   class name  : dog
 Detection #1:
  Box: (x: 103, y: 15, w: 138, h: 369)
   index       : 17
   score       : 0.73047
   class name  : dog

The following image shows a visualization of the task output:

The Object Detector example code demonstrates how to display the detection results returned from the task, see the code example for details.