There are currently 3 methods that can be used to save/load an ME-model using COBRAme: 1. As a full JSON file 2. As a reduced JSON file 3. As a pickle file

## 5.1. As a full JSON file¶

This is the recommended way to save, load and share COBRAme ME-models in full detail. This will include all of the model’s functionality and information (MEReaction, ProcessData, etc). It uses a defined JSONSCHEMA found in cobrame.io.

Saving and loading a full ME-model (me_model) as a JSON can be done using:

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from cobrame.io.json import save_json_me_model, load_json_me_model
save_json_me_model(me_model, '[save_loc]/model.json')


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new_me_model = load_json_me_model('[save_loc]/model.json')


where new_me_model is of type cobrame.MEModel

## 5.2. As a reduced JSON file¶

Alternatively, ME-models can be saved as a COBRApy model. This storage type loses all the additional information contained in a full ME-model, but retains the stoichiometry of all the reactions. In other words, it behaves like an M-model with symbolic mu terms in metabolic coefficients and reaction bounds. Therefore it will give identical solutions compared to the full model, but all additional ME-model functionality will be lost.

Saving and loading a reduced Me-model (me_model) as a JSON can be done using:

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from cobrame.io.json import save_reduced_json_me_model, load_reduced_json_me_model
save_reduced_json_me_model(me_model, '[save_loc]/model.json')


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new_me_model = load_reduced_json_me_model('[save_loc]/model.json')


where new_me_model is of type cobra.Model

## 5.3. As a pickle file¶

This is the quickest way to save a ME-model in full detail. It can be accomplished using python’s pickle dump/load methods. A ME-model named me_model can be saved follows.

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import pickle
with open('[save_loc]/model.pickle', 'wb') as f:
pickle.dump(me_model, f)


It can then be loaded with:

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with open('[save_loc]/model.pickle', 'wb') as f: