Watch the video:
00:00 - Explanation + Is it really free? Yes. 01:30 - Stable Diffusion UI 01:55 - Download Stable Diffusion UI 03:11 - Install Stable Diffusion UI (Windows) 05:01 - Install Stable Diffusion UI (WSL/Linux) 06:45 - Opening Web UI for Stable Diffusion UI 07:58 - Exploring the GUI & Styles 08:30 - Saving all generated images automatically 09:21 - Image settings explained 09:48 - Generate multiple images at once 10:58 - Auto-fix faces & eyes & Auto-Upscale 11:37 - Example 13:05 - Saving images 13:15 - Using images as input (Initial image) 14:19 - Using seed & Auto-fix faces (and why not to) 15:19 - Inpainting 16:22 - What saving all images does 17:52 - Explicit filters & NSFW? 18:10 - What next?
Stable Diffusion UI v2
Stable Diffusion is a free AI model. If you’re paying for anything other than someone else’s hardware to generate images, you’re likely being cheated for your money. I’ve seen some paid programs accomplish far less but have good marketing.
You do not need to pay for Stable Diffusion, or a UI, or a Web UI.
This guide shows you installing the Stable Diffusion UI v2 by cmdr2 under WSL. It’s a simple, beginner-friendly interface for Stable Diffusion! It works perfectly well under regular Windows, and I’ll touch on that in a second.
If you’re looking for the next step, consider checking the guide for AUTOMATIC1111’s Stable Diffusion WebUI
Why this project above others?
It’s simple to set up and get started with. Nothing crazy to set up, and you can run it off your own computer with no investment or monthly subscription! It’s fantastic stuff and a great place to start. Being able to watch it slowly generate images as well is a great way to learn about how image generation AI software works as well.
About my install
You can install this on Windows by following the official guide, but I choose to run it under WSL. It’s a little easier, at least for me. Well, that and the fact that I closed the installer at the perfectly wrong time. This resulted in me not being able to start it under normal windows. It works fine on other computers I tested it on.
So, just make sure you don’t close the window when installing it!
I’m using Ubuntu 22.04 in WSL 2. If you choose to join me in using WSL, then if you haven’t already got Windows WSL set up and installed, check my guide for Installing and Using Ubuntu in WSL.
The Windows installation is simple.
- After downloading the zip, extract it to
C:\stable-diffusion-ui, or another base-level directory, like
Stable Diffusion UI.cmd.
That’s it. It should now download a few things and get started. You can open the web page and start bashing away at creating some images!
Linux, or WSL
The installation steps for WSL or Ubuntu/Linux are straightforward as well.
Navigate to the GitHub Releases page, Right-Click the latest Linux release
tar.xz file, and copy the URL. We will download this file within WSL/Ubuntu.
Run the following commands:
In the future, use
cd ~/stable-diffusion-ui && ./start.sh to start the AI without worrying about its location.
Opening the Web Interface/UI
In the terminal on either Windows, Linux, or WSL, you should see
http://0.0.0.0:9000 or a similar link. Simply click it, Ctrl+Click it, Double-Click it or just copy-paste it into a browser to open the page.
Just like that: You’re in.
Where to from here?
The video covers setting up auto-save and other features. This was more just for easy command reference and quick-start for installing Stable Diffusion UI v2.