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Add a new Execution Provider to ONNX Runtime


Create the Execution Provider

  • Create a folder under onnxruntime/core/providers
  • Create a folder under include/onnxruntime/core/providers, it should has the same name as the first step.
  • Create a new class, which must inherit from IExecutionProvider. The source code should be put in ‘onnxruntime/core/providers/[your_provider_name]’
  • Create a new header file under include/onnxruntime/core/providers/[your_provider_name]. The file should provide one function for creating an OrtProviderFactoryInterface. You may use ‘include/onnxruntime/core/providers/cpu/cpu_provider_factory.h’ as a template. You don’t need to provide a function for creating MemoryInfo.
  • Put a symbols.txt under ‘onnxruntime/core/providers/[your_provider_name]’. The file should contain all the function names that would be exported from you provider. Usually, just a single function for creating provider factory is enough.
  • Add your provider in onnxruntime_providers.cmake. Build it as a static lib.
  • Add one line in cmake/onnxruntime.cmake, to the ‘target_link_libraries’ function call. Put your provider there.


Use the execution provider

  • Create a factory for that provider, by using the c function you exported in ‘symbols.txt’
  • Put the provider factory into session options
  • Create session from that session option


  OrtEnv* env;
  OrtInitialize(ORT_LOGGING_LEVEL_WARNING, "test", &env)
  OrtSessionOptions* session_option = OrtCreateSessionOptions();
  OrtProviderFactoryInterface** factory;
  OrtCreateCUDAExecutionProviderFactory(0, &factory);
  OrtSessionOptionsAppendExecutionProvider(session_option, factory);
  OrtCreateSession(env, model_path, session_option, &session);