Machine Learning and FreeNAS
TL;DR: I have finally found a reasonable way of conducting machine learning “research” with the help of my FreeNAS.
I have been trying all sorts of ways to install TensorFlow (and
Keras) on my FreeNAS.
There is AFAIK one guide (of which there are several derivatives) for How to
install TF on BSD.
Unfortunately, it still seems to be impossible to get
Python 3 to work with
BSD, why I opted to find another solution.
FreeNAS, DockerVM and Rancher
Lately, FreeNAS has added support for
DockerVM. Unlike regular VMs (which I
also thought about using, but found THIS
and was discouraged)
DockerVM is simply a VM containing only
In addition to this, the FreeNAS docs also suggests one installs
Rancher, a management
platform for containers.
I would suggest you simply follow the steps outlined in the FreeNAS docs in order to get up and running.
TensorFlow and Keras
This is still WIP as I want to find a way of “commiting” programs to be run on my server. As for now, I use Jupyter.
When you have your RancherUI VM and an additional host where you plan on running
your machine learning container, it is time to find a suitable docker image.
As for now, the best image I have found is a manipulated version of
gw000/keras:2.1.3-py3-tf-cpu, to which I have added Jupyter support.
The original Dockerfile can be found on
and my modified version can be found
In order to build your image you must download the Dockerfile and build it.
wget erikthorsell.github.io/download/Dockerfile.keras-jupyter-cpu docker build -t debian:keras .
-t debian:keras tags the image and
. is the directory where the Dockerfile
resides (current directory).
When your image is built you can use
docker run to start the container as:
docker run -d -p 8888:8888 -v $(pwd):/srv debian:keras
which will start the Jupyter web if on
http://<server-ip>:8888/ with password
Files stored in the current directory will be mapped to
Good luck approaching the singularity.