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The DiffusionPipeline is the easiest way to load any pretrained diffusion pipeline from the Hub and to use it in inference.

One should not use the Diffusion Pipeline class for training or fine-tuning a diffusion model. Individual components of diffusion pipelines are usually trained individually, so we suggest to directly work with `UNetModel` and `UNetConditionModel`.

Any diffusion pipeline that is loaded with from_pretrained() will automatically detect the pipeline type, e.g. StableDiffusionPipeline and consequently load each component of the pipeline and pass them into the __init__ function of the pipeline, e.g. __init__().

Any pipeline object can be saved locally with save_pretrained().


class diffusers.DiffusionPipeline

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Base class for all models.

DiffusionPipeline takes care of storing all components (models, schedulers, processors) for diffusion pipelines and handles methods for loading, downloading and saving models as well as a few methods common to all pipelines to:

  • move all PyTorch modules to the device of your choice
  • enabling/disabling the progress bar for the denoising iteration

Class attributes:

  • config_name (str) — name of the config file that will store the class and module names of all components of the diffusion pipeline.
  • _optional_components (Liststr) — list of all components that are optional so they don’t have to be passed for the pipeline to function (should be overridden by subclasses).


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( pretrained_model_name_or_path: typing.Union[str, os.PathLike, NoneType] **kwargs )


  • pretrained_model_name_or_path (str or os.PathLike, optional) — Can be either:

    • A string, the repo id of a pretrained pipeline hosted inside a model repo on Valid repo ids have to be located under a user or organization name, like CompVis/ldm-text2im-large-256.
    • A path to a directory containing pipeline weights saved using save_pretrained(), e.g., ./my_pipeline_directory/.
  • torch_dtype (str or torch.dtype, optional) — Override the default torch.dtype and load the model under this dtype. If "auto" is passed the dtype will be automatically derived from the model’s weights.
  • custom_pipeline (str, optional) —

    This is an experimental feature and is likely to change in the future.

    Can be either:

    • A string, the repo id of a custom pipeline hosted inside a model repo on Valid repo ids have to be located under a user or organization name, like hf-internal-testing/diffusers-dummy-pipeline.

      It is required that the model repo has a file, called that defines the custom pipeline.

    • A string, the file name of a community pipeline hosted on GitHub under Valid file names have to match exactly the file name without .py located under the above link, e.g. clip_guided_stable_diffusion.

      Community pipelines are always loaded from the current main branch of GitHub.

    • A path to a directory containing a custom pipeline, e.g., ./my_pipeline_directory/.

      It is required that the directory has a file, called that defines the custom pipeline.

    For more information on how to load and create custom pipelines, please have a look at Loading and Adding Custom Pipelines

  • torch_dtype (str or torch.dtype, optional) —
  • force_download (bool, optional, defaults to False) — Whether or not to force the (re-)download of the model weights and configuration files, overriding the cached versions if they exist.
  • resume_download (bool, optional, defaults to False) — Whether or not to delete incompletely received files. Will attempt to resume the download if such a file exists.
  • proxies (Dict[str, str], optional) — A dictionary of proxy servers to use by protocol or endpoint, e.g., {'http': '', 'http://hostname': ''}. The proxies are used on each request.
  • output_loading_info(bool, optional, defaults to False) — Whether or not to also return a dictionary containing missing keys, unexpected keys and error messages.
  • local_files_only(bool, optional, defaults to False) — Whether or not to only look at local files (i.e., do not try to download the model).
  • use_auth_token (str or bool, optional) — The token to use as HTTP bearer authorization for remote files. If True, will use the token generated when running huggingface-cli login (stored in ~/.huggingface).
  • revision (str, optional, defaults to "main") — The specific model version to use. It can be a branch name, a tag name, or a commit id, since we use a git-based system for storing models and other artifacts on, so revision can be any identifier allowed by git.
  • mirror (str, optional) — Mirror source to accelerate downloads in China. If you are from China and have an accessibility problem, you can set this option to resolve it. Note that we do not guarantee the timeliness or safety. Please refer to the mirror site for more information. specify the folder name here.
  • device_map (str or Dict[str, Union[int, str, torch.device]], optional) — A map that specifies where each submodule should go. It doesn’t need to be refined to each parameter/buffer name, once a given module name is inside, every submodule of it will be sent to the same device.

    To have Accelerate compute the most optimized device_map automatically, set device_map="auto". For more information about each option see designing a device map.

  • low_cpu_mem_usage (bool, optional, defaults to True if torch version >= 1.9.0 else False) — Speed up model loading by not initializing the weights and only loading the pre-trained weights. This also tries to not use more than 1x model size in CPU memory (including peak memory) while loading the model. This is only supported when torch version >= 1.9.0. If you are using an older version of torch, setting this argument to True will raise an error.
  • kwargs (remaining dictionary of keyword arguments, optional) — Can be used to overwrite load - and saveable variables - i.e. the pipeline components - of the specific pipeline class. The overwritten components are then directly passed to the pipelines __init__ method. See example below for more information.

Instantiate a PyTorch diffusion pipeline from pre-trained pipeline weights.

The pipeline is set in evaluation mode by default using model.eval() (Dropout modules are deactivated).

The warning Weights from XXX not initialized from pretrained model means that the weights of XXX do not come pretrained with the rest of the model. It is up to you to train those weights with a downstream fine-tuning task.

The warning Weights from XXX not used in YYY means that the layer XXX is not used by YYY, therefore those weights are discarded.

It is required to be logged in (huggingface-cli login) when you want to use private or gated models, e.g. "runwayml/stable-diffusion-v1-5"

Activate the special “offline-mode” to use this method in a firewalled environment.


>>> from diffusers import DiffusionPipeline

>>> # Download pipeline from and cache.
>>> pipeline = DiffusionPipeline.from_pretrained("CompVis/ldm-text2im-large-256")

>>> # Download pipeline that requires an authorization token
>>> # For more information on access tokens, please refer to this section
>>> # of the documentation](
>>> pipeline = DiffusionPipeline.from_pretrained("runwayml/stable-diffusion-v1-5")

>>> # Use a different scheduler
>>> from diffusers import LMSDiscreteScheduler

>>> scheduler = LMSDiscreteScheduler.from_config(pipeline.scheduler.config)
>>> pipeline.scheduler = scheduler


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( save_directory: typing.Union[str, os.PathLike] )


  • save_directory (str or os.PathLike) — Directory to which to save. Will be created if it doesn’t exist.

Save all variables of the pipeline that can be saved and loaded as well as the pipelines configuration file to a directory. A pipeline variable can be saved and loaded if its class implements both a save and loading method. The pipeline can easily be re-loaded using the [from_pretrained()](/docs/diffusers/v0.9.0/en/api/diffusion_pipeline#diffusers.DiffusionPipeline.from_pretrained) class method.


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( torch_device: typing.Union[str, torch.device, NoneType] = None )


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( ) torch.device



The torch device on which the pipeline is located.


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The self.components property can be useful to run different pipelines with the same weights and configurations to not have to re-allocate memory.


>>> from diffusers import (
...     StableDiffusionPipeline,
...     StableDiffusionImg2ImgPipeline,
...     StableDiffusionInpaintPipeline,
... )

>>> text2img = StableDiffusionPipeline.from_pretrained("runwayml/stable-diffusion-v1-5")
>>> img2img = StableDiffusionImg2ImgPipeline(**text2img.components)
>>> inpaint = StableDiffusionInpaintPipeline(**text2img.components)


By default diffusion pipelines return an object of class

class diffusers.pipeline_utils.ImagePipelineOutput

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( images: typing.Union[typing.List[PIL.Image.Image], numpy.ndarray] )


  • images (List[PIL.Image.Image] or np.ndarray) — List of denoised PIL images of length batch_size or numpy array of shape (batch_size, height, width, num_channels). PIL images or numpy array present the denoised images of the diffusion pipeline.

Output class for image pipelines.