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The Hugging Face Hub is the go-to place for sharing machine learning models, demos, datasets, and metrics. huggingface_hub library helps you interact with the Hub without leaving your development environment. You can create and manage repositories easily, download and upload files, and get useful model and dataset metadata from the Hub.


To get started, install the huggingface_hub library:

pip install --upgrade huggingface_hub

For more details, check out the installation guide.

Download files

Repositories on the Hub are git version controlled, and users can download a single file or the whole repository. You can use the hf_hub_download() function to download files. This function will download and cache a file on your local disk. The next time you need that file, it will load from your cache, so you don’t need to re-download it.

You will need the repository id and the filename of the file you want to download. For example, to download the Pegasus model configuration file:

>>> from huggingface_hub import hf_hub_download
>>> hf_hub_download(repo_id="google/pegasus-xsum", filename="config.json")

To download a specific version of the file, use the revision parameter to specify the branch name, tag, or commit hash. If you choose to use the commit hash, it must be the full-length hash instead of the shorter 7-character commit hash:

>>> from huggingface_hub import hf_hub_download
>>> hf_hub_download(
...     repo_id="google/pegasus-xsum", 
...     filename="config.json", 
...     revision="4d33b01d79672f27f001f6abade33f22d993b151"
... )

For more details and options, see the API reference for hf_hub_download().


In a lot of cases, you must be logged in with a Hugging Face account to interact with the Hub: download private repos, upload files, create PRs,… Create an account if you don’t already have one, and then sign in to get your User Access Token from your Settings page. The User Access Token is used to authenticate your identity to the Hub.

Once you have your User Access Token, run the following command in your terminal:

huggingface-cli login
# or using an environment variable
huggingface-cli login --token $HUGGINGFACE_TOKEN

Alternatively, you can programmatically login using login() in a notebook or a script:

>>> from huggingface_hub import login
>>> login()

It is also possible to login programmatically without being prompted to enter your token by directly passing the token to login() like login(token="hf_xxx"). If you do so, be careful when sharing your source code. It is a best practice to load the token from a secure vault instead of saving it explicitly in your codebase/notebook.

You can be logged in only to 1 account at a time. If you login your machine to a new account, you will get logged out from the previous. Make sure to always which account you are using with the command huggingface-cli whoami. If you want to handle several accounts in the same script, you can provide your token when calling each method. This is also useful if you don’t want to store any token on your machine.

Once you are logged in, all requests to the Hub -even methods that don’t necessarily require authentication- will use your access token by default. If you want to disable implicit use of your token, you should set the HF_HUB_DISABLE_IMPLICIT_TOKEN environment variable.

Create a repository

Once you’ve registered and logged in, create a repository with the create_repo() function:

>>> from huggingface_hub import HfApi
>>> api = HfApi()
>>> api.create_repo(repo_id="super-cool-model")

If you want your repository to be private, then:

>>> from huggingface_hub import HfApi
>>> api = HfApi()
>>> api.create_repo(repo_id="super-cool-model", private=True)

Private repositories will not be visible to anyone except yourself.

To create a repository or to push content to the Hub, you must provide a User Access Token that has the write permission. You can choose the permission when creating the token in your Settings page.

Upload files

Use the upload_file() function to add a file to your newly created repository. You need to specify:

  1. The path of the file to upload.
  2. The path of the file in the repository.
  3. The repository id of where you want to add the file.
>>> from huggingface_hub import HfApi
>>> api = HfApi()
>>> api.upload_file(
...     path_or_fileobj="/home/lysandre/dummy-test/",
...     path_in_repo="",
...     repo_id="lysandre/test-model",
... )

To upload more than one file at a time, take a look at the Upload guide which will introduce you to several methods for uploading files (with or without git).

Next steps

The huggingface_hub library provides an easy way for users to interact with the Hub with Python. To learn more about how you can manage your files and repositories on the Hub, we recommend reading our how-to guides to: