Natural Language

in Python

Fastest in the world

spaCy excels at large-scale information extraction tasks. It's written from the ground up in carefully memory-managed Cython. Independent research has confirmed that spaCy is the fastest in the world. If your application needs to process entire web dumps, spaCy is the library you want to be using.

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Get things done

spaCy is designed to help you do real work — to build real products, or gather real insights. The library respects your time, and tries to avoid wasting it. It's easy to install, and its API is simple and productive. We like to think of spaCy as the Ruby on Rails of Natural Language Processing.

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Deep learning

spaCy is the best way to prepare text for deep learning. It interoperates seamlessly with TensorFlow, PyTorch, scikit-learn, Gensim and the rest of Python's awesome AI ecosystem. With spaCy, you can easily construct linguistically sophisticated statistical models for a variety of NLP problems.

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v2.0.18 · Python 3 · via Binder
# pip install spacy
# python -m spacy download en_core_web_sm

import spacy

# Load English tokenizer, tagger, parser, NER and word vectors
nlp = spacy.load('en_core_web_sm')

# Process whole documents
text = (u"When Sebastian Thrun started working on self-driving cars at "
        u"Google in 2007, few people outside of the company took him "
        u"seriously. “I can tell you very senior CEOs of major American "
        u"car companies would shake my hand and turn away because I wasn’t "
        u"worth talking to,” said Thrun, now the co-founder and CEO of "
        u"online higher education startup Udacity, in an interview with "
        u"Recode earlier this week.")
doc = nlp(text)

# Find named entities, phrases and concepts
for entity in doc.ents:
    print(entity.text, entity.label_)

# Determine semantic similarities
doc1 = nlp(u"my fries were super gross")
doc2 = nlp(u"such disgusting fries")
similarity = doc1.similarity(doc2)
print(doc1.text, doc2.text, similarity)


  • Non-destructive tokenization
  • Named entity recognition
  • Support for 34+ languages
  • 13 statistical models for 8 languages
  • Pre-trained word vectors
  • Easy deep learning integration
  • Part-of-speech tagging
  • Labelled dependency parsing
  • Syntax-driven sentence segmentation
  • Built in visualizers for syntax and NER
  • Convenient string-to-hash mapping
  • Export to numpy data arrays
  • Efficient binary serialization
  • Easy model packaging and deployment
  • State-of-the-art speed
  • Robust, rigorously evaluated accuracy

New in v2.0
Convolutional neural network models

spaCy v2.0 features new neural models for tagging, parsing and entity recognition. The models have been designed and implemented from scratch specifically for spaCy, to give you an unmatched balance of speed, size and accuracy. A novel bloom embedding strategy with subword features is used to support huge vocabularies in tiny tables. Convolutional layers with residual connections, layer normalization and maxout non-linearity are used, giving much better efficiency than the standard BiLSTM solution. Finally, the parser and NER use an imitation learning objective to deliver accuracy in-line with the latest research systems, even when evaluated from raw text. With these innovations, spaCy v2.0's models are 10× smaller, 20% more accurate, and even cheaper to run than the previous generation.

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In 2015, independent researchers from Emory University and Yahoo! Labs showed that spaCy offered the fastest syntactic parser in the world and that its accuracy was within 1% of the best available (Choi et al., 2015). spaCy v2.0, released in 2017, is more accurate than any of the systems Choi et al. evaluated.

SystemYearLanguageAccuracySpeed (wps)
spaCy v2.x2017Python / Cython92.6n/a This table shows speed as benchmarked by Choi et al. We therefore can't provide comparable figures, as we'd be running the benchmark on different hardware.
spaCy v1.x2015Python / Cython91.813,963