How to Try Out Stable Diffusion Version 2.0 with Automatic1111 for Free

Stability AI annouced Stable Diffusion 2.0 last week. I modified one of my Kaggle notebooks to use the new version with Automatic1111. For those who are familiar with Kaggle. Here is the link to the notebook:

https://www.kaggle.com/amida168/stable-diffusion-v2-0-with-automatic1111

If you are new to Kaggle, please read on. I am going to share my experience.

According to the Wiki page: “Kaggle, a subsidiary of Google LLC, is an online community of data scientists and machine learning practitioners.” Their service is completely free. Each week, you have 30 hours of GPU quota allocated to you for free. I am not a heavy user, so 30 hours is enough for me. You can use Google Cloud Platform with Kaggle if you need more computing resources.

To start using Kaggle, visit their signup page and create an account. You can register using your Google account or your email. Once you are registered and logged on. The first thing you need to do is to verify your phone number. Note that this is very important. Without verifying your phone number, you won’t be able to use the GPU. You can verify your phone number by clicking on your avatar on the top right corner and then click on Account.

Scroll down a bit and you can see the link for phone verification.

Once registered, you can visit the notebook link: https://www.kaggle.com/amida168/stable-diffusion-v2-0-with-automatic1111 . Click on Copy & Edit to save a copy to your account.

Before you try to run the notebook, make sure the side bar is visible. If not, click on the icon on the top right corner to toggle it.

Expand Settings and set the Accelerator to GPU T4 x2 and turn on Internet. Your notebook is ready to run now. Start the session and run the first code block. Note that this step takes a long time depending on the server load and the network traffic. At the time of writing, the hugginface server was experiencing high traffic load. If you see a time out error, you might want to try again later.

Click on the gradio link and you will see the Automatic1111’s web UI. Note that this link is generated randomly. Yours will be different.

After you are done generating the images, click on Cancel Run to stop the first code block.

If you would like to save the images, run the second code block.

You can click on the 3 dots beside output.zip and select Download to save the file to your local computer.

Lastly, don’t forget to stop the session when you are done. Otherwise, you will use up your GPU quota quickly.


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