FINALLY! Stable Diffusion in Colab Notebook for FREE with no disconnects

12 Oct 202309:37

TLDRThe video script offers a step-by-step guide on using stable diffusion in Google Colab, highlighting the process of configuring the environment, downloading necessary models, and utilizing Invoke AI's user-friendly interface. It emphasizes the ease of model management, the convenience of using pre-installed models from Google Drive, and the potential of Invoke AI as a powerful tool for generative art, suggesting its ultimate version for an efficient workflow.


  • ๐Ÿ“š The video script provides a tutorial on using stable diffusion in Google Colab, highlighting that it's free and without any issues.
  • ๐Ÿ’ป It emphasizes the importance of changing the runtime to T4 GPU to avoid errors and ensure smooth operation.
  • ๐Ÿ”„ The process involves running three main steps, with potential disconnections during step 1 being normal and resolvable by proceeding to step 2.
  • ๐Ÿš€ The script mentions downloading models as a crucial part of the process, with a focus on Realistic Vision V5 and other models like ControlNet and LoRA.
  • ๐Ÿ“„ Configuration is done through a 'models.yaml' file, where users can specify parameters for the models they wish to download.
  • ๐ŸŽฏ The video introduces Invoke AI, a user-friendly interface for running stable diffusion, which is not as popular as it should be.
  • ๐Ÿ”— It explains that Invoke AI allows for model downloading and offers a convenient way to avoid repetitive downloads in the future.
  • ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ The script also touches on the ability to tune Invoke AI parameters such as image count, steps, CFG scale, and more for different models and upscalers.
  • ๐ŸŽจ There's a mention of an image-to-image feature in Invoke AI, which works well with the same parameters used in other functions.
  • ๐Ÿ“Š The video script suggests that Invoke AI can potentially replace Photoshop AI due to its generative features and workflow editor.
  • ๐Ÿ” The ultimate version of the Colab notebook is available on Patreon, which allows for using models from Google Drive without the need for repeated downloads.

Q & A

  • How can one open a Colab notebook for running stable diffusion?

    -To open a Colab notebook for running stable diffusion, one should go to the link provided under the video and open it in Google Colab.

  • Is it possible to use stable diffusion in Google Colab currently?

    -Yes, it is possible to use stable diffusion in Google Colab without any issues, just like in the past.

  • What is Invoke and how does it relate to the Colab notebook?

    -Invoke is a user interface that is used within the Colab notebook to run stable diffusion. It is described as super cool and slick, although not very popular.

  • What are some features available in Invoke AI?

    -Invoke AI features include Outpating, Inpainting, ControlNet, LoRA, and everything else that is needed for the process.

  • What is the first step to avoid errors in the Colab notebook?

    -The first step to avoid errors is to change the runtime to T4 GPU in Google Colab.

  • What happens to the data after the Colab session ends?

    -After the session ends, all data, including the generated arts, will be deleted.

  • What should one do in case of a session crash during the Colab notebook process?

    -In case of a session crash, one should simply run the next step, which is step 2.

  • How does one download models in the Colab notebook?

    -Models are downloaded by configuring a file, initially named models.yaml, and specifying the parameters for the models to be downloaded.

  • What is the advantage of using Invoke AI for downloading models?

    -Using Invoke AI for downloading models is exceptionally convenient as it saves the models constantly in the Google Drive account, eliminating the need to download them every time.

  • What are some parameters that can be adjusted in Invoke AI?

    -Parameters that can be adjusted in Invoke AI include image count, steps, CFG scale, chosen models, upscaler, VAE precision, seed, aspect ratio, and ControlNet adapters.

  • How can one support the creator of the video?

    -The best way to support the creator is by liking the video and watching it until the end. One can also rewind it at the beginning, mute the sound, and let it play in the background to help with promotion.



๐Ÿ“š Introduction to Colab and Stable Diffusion

This paragraph introduces the process of using Google Colab to run Stable Diffusion, a machine learning model for image generation. It emphasizes the ease of use and the absence of any associated costs or issues. The speaker highlights the use of Invoke, a user interface for Stable Diffusion, and mentions various features such as Outpating, Inpainting, ControlNet, and LoRA. The paragraph stresses the importance of carefully following the steps to avoid errors, particularly changing the runtime to T4 GPU and running the initial steps. It also mentions that no additional Google Drive storage is needed as the models are not stored on the user's drive and all data will be deleted after the session. The speaker reassures users that disconnections during the process are normal and provides guidance on downloading models and using the Colab notebook effectively.


๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Exploring Features and Model Management in Invoke AI

This paragraph delves into the features of Invoke AI, a platform that enhances the user experience for working with Stable Diffusion. It discusses the image-to-image tab, which offers a unified canvas for easy manipulation of images. The speaker suggests that Invoke AI is more convenient than other platforms and could even replace Photoshop's AI features. The paragraph also covers the workflow editor and model manager, where users can import and manage models directly. It demonstrates how to download and add models from external sources like CivitAI and how Invoke AI automatically organizes LoRA models. The speaker mentions the convenience of using an ultimate version of the Colab notebook that operates locally in Google Drive, allowing for faster boot times and the use of previously downloaded models. The paragraph concludes with a note on the security of the Invoke AI connection and the platform's ability to save previous prompts and generated images.



๐Ÿ’กGoogle Colab

Google Colab is a free cloud service based on Jupyter Notebooks that supports Python language and provides a platform for machine learning, data analysis, and education. In the context of the video, Google Colab is used to run the 'Stable Diffusion' model, a process described as being simple and free of charge. The script indicates that users can open a specific Colab notebook linked under the video to follow along with the tutorial, emphasizing its accessibility and ease of use in executing complex tasks like running AI models.

๐Ÿ’กStable Diffusion

Stable Diffusion refers to a machine learning model used for image generation or modification. In the video, it is utilized within the Google Colab environment. The mention of Stable Diffusion highlights the capability of Google Colab to handle advanced AI tasks. The video demonstrates various functionalities such as Outpainting, Inpainting, and ControlNet, showing how Stable Diffusion can be leveraged for creative and technical purposes.

๐Ÿ’กInvoke AI

Invoke AI is mentioned as a user interface used in conjunction with Stable Diffusion in the Google Colab notebook. It is described as 'super cool and slick' but not widely popular. The video explains how to use Invoke AI for downloading models and generating artwork, suggesting its ease of use and convenience for users, especially in the context of AI and image generation.

๐Ÿ’กT4 GPU

T4 GPU is a type of graphics processing unit mentioned in the video as a necessary setting for the Colab notebook to function correctly. Changing the runtime to T4 GPU is a critical step in the process, ensuring that the necessary computational power is available for running the Stable Diffusion model efficiently. This highlights the importance of having the right hardware configuration for running advanced AI models.


The 'models.yaml' file is referenced in the context of configuring downloads for various models in Stable Diffusion. The video explains how users can specify which models to download by editing this file, showing the customization capabilities of the Colab notebook and how it can be tailored to the user's specific needs, such as downloading particular versions like 'Realistic Vision V5'.

๐Ÿ’กRealistic Vision V5

Realistic Vision V5 appears to be a specific model mentioned in the context of Stable Diffusion. The user selects this model for download in the 'models.yaml' file, highlighting its potential popularity or utility among the various options available. This model seems to be used for generating high-quality, realistic images, as implied by its name.

๐Ÿ’กGoogle Drive

Google Drive is mentioned as a storage solution in the context of the Colab notebook. The script clarifies that users don't need additional Google Drive storage for the uploaded models since they are not stored on the user's Google Drive. This implies the temporary nature of data storage in the Colab environment and highlights Google Drive's role in cloud storage solutions for large files like AI models.


Upscalers are tools mentioned in the video that enhance the resolution of images generated by Stable Diffusion. The script suggests that upscalers can be immediately used within the Invoke AI interface, indicating their ease of integration and importance in improving image quality. Upscalers like 'RealESRGAN x4 Plus' are discussed, pointing to their functionality in refining the output of AI-generated images.


ControlNet is a feature of the Stable Diffusion model discussed in the video. It's one of the functionalities alongside Outpainting and Inpainting, indicating a variety of capabilities available in the model for image manipulation or generation. ControlNet's inclusion signifies the advanced features that are accessible to users through the Colab notebook and Invoke AI interface.


LoRA, mentioned in the context of the Stable Diffusion model, seems to be a feature or an aspect of the AI model used for image generation. The video discusses downloading several LoRA models for testing, suggesting that it is a significant component or variation within the Stable Diffusion framework. It shows the depth and customization available in the model, allowing for a range of functionalities or approaches to image generation.


Using stable diffusion in Google Colab is possible and free of charge, without any warnings or issues.

Invoke AI offers a user-friendly interface with features like Outpating, Inpainting, ControlNet, and LoRA.

Changing the runtime to T4 GPU is crucial to avoid errors and ensure smooth operation.

Google Drive storage is not needed as the models are not stored on the user's Google Drive, and all data will be deleted after the session ends.

After completing step 1, disconnections may occur, but they are normal and can be resolved by proceeding to step 2.

Downloading models can be tricky, and users need to configure the file 'models.yaml' with specific parameters for the desired models.

Invoke AI allows for convenient model downloading, making it less necessary to download models through the Colab notebook method.

An ultimate version of the Colab notebook works locally in the user's Google Drive account, eliminating the need to download models every time.

Changing the runtime to GPU manually is important to prevent getting a session without GPU after a restart.

After waiting for 5 minutes, all necessary models and upscalers are downloaded, ready for use in Invoke AI.

Invoke AI provides a standard parameter for steps and allows users to adjust parameters like image count, CFG scale, and model selection.

Users can activate VAE, specify the precision, and adjust parameters like seed and aspect ratio in Invoke AI.

Invoke AI supports SDXL with Refiner and offers ControlNet adapters and LoRA models for enhanced functionality.

The image-to-image tab in Invoke AI works well, providing a nice feature for users to utilize.

Invoke AI can potentially replace Photoshop AI with its generative features, offering a more convenient alternative.

Workflow editor and model manager in Invoke AI allow users to download and manage models easily.

Invoke AI's LoRA section automatically locates downloaded LoRA models to their proper folder, simplifying the process for users.

Upscalers can be easily chosen and applied in Invoke AI for image enhancement.

The ultimate version of the Colab notebook available on Patreon allows for fast boot and unlimited use of models stored in Google Drive.

Invoke AI is considered one of the best UIs currently available but is not as popular as it should be.