Skip to content

COCO8-Pose Dataset


Ultralytics COCO8-Pose is a small, but versatile pose detection dataset composed of the first 8 images of the COCO train 2017 set, 4 for training and 4 for validation. This dataset is ideal for testing and debugging object detection models, or for experimenting with new detection approaches. With 8 images, it is small enough to be easily manageable, yet diverse enough to test training pipelines for errors and act as a sanity check before training larger datasets.

This dataset is intended for use with Ultralytics HUB and YOLOv8.

Dataset YAML

A YAML (Yet Another Markup Language) file is used to define the dataset configuration. It contains information about the dataset's paths, classes, and other relevant information. In the case of the COCO8-Pose dataset, the coco8-pose.yaml file is maintained at


# Ultralytics YOLO ๐Ÿš€, AGPL-3.0 license
# COCO8-pose dataset (first 8 images from COCO train2017) by Ultralytics
# Example usage: yolo train data=coco8-pose.yaml
# parent
# โ”œโ”€โ”€ ultralytics
# โ””โ”€โ”€ datasets
#     โ””โ”€โ”€ coco8-pose  โ† downloads here (1 MB)

# Train/val/test sets as 1) dir: path/to/imgs, 2) file: path/to/imgs.txt, or 3) list: [path/to/imgs1, path/to/imgs2, ..]
path: ../datasets/coco8-pose  # dataset root dir
train: images/train  # train images (relative to 'path') 4 images
val: images/val  # val images (relative to 'path') 4 images
test:  # test images (optional)

# Keypoints
kpt_shape: [17, 3]  # number of keypoints, number of dims (2 for x,y or 3 for x,y,visible)
flip_idx: [0, 2, 1, 4, 3, 6, 5, 8, 7, 10, 9, 12, 11, 14, 13, 16, 15]

# Classes
  0: person

# Download script/URL (optional)


To train a YOLOv8n-pose model on the COCO8-Pose dataset for 100 epochs with an image size of 640, you can use the following code snippets. For a comprehensive list of available arguments, refer to the model Training page.

Train Example

from ultralytics import YOLO

# Load a model
model = YOLO('')  # load a pretrained model (recommended for training)

# Train the model
model.train(data='coco8-pose.yaml', epochs=100, imgsz=640)
# Start training from a pretrained *.pt model
yolo detect train data=coco8-pose.yaml epochs=100 imgsz=640

Sample Images and Annotations

Here are some examples of images from the COCO8-Pose dataset, along with their corresponding annotations:

Dataset sample image

  • Mosaiced Image: This image demonstrates a training batch composed of mosaiced dataset images. Mosaicing is a technique used during training that combines multiple images into a single image to increase the variety of objects and scenes within each training batch. This helps improve the model's ability to generalize to different object sizes, aspect ratios, and contexts.

The example showcases the variety and complexity of the images in the COCO8-Pose dataset and the benefits of using mosaicing during the training process.

Citations and Acknowledgments

If you use the COCO dataset in your research or development work, please cite the following paper:

      title={Microsoft COCO: Common Objects in Context}, 
      author={Tsung-Yi Lin and Michael Maire and Serge Belongie and Lubomir Bourdev and Ross Girshick and James Hays and Pietro Perona and Deva Ramanan and C. Lawrence Zitnick and Piotr Dollรกr},

We would like to acknowledge the COCO Consortium for creating and maintaining this valuable resource for the computer vision community. For more information about the COCO dataset and its creators, visit the COCO dataset website.

Created 2023-05-08, Updated 2023-05-22
Authors: Glenn Jocher (3)