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Gradio Web UI for Text Generation

What Is It?


Easy Version

Imagine you have a super-smart robot that can write stories, answer questions, or even chat like a human. This Gradio Web UI is like a remote control for that robot. It’s a website where you can tell the robot what to do and see what it writes back.

Why Use It?

  • Easy to Use: It’s like playing a video game! You don’t need to know how to code to use it.
  • Multiple Modes: You can use it like a notebook for school, like a chatbox, or even in a default mode that’s super simple.
  • Many Smart Robots: You can switch between different types of smart robots (called models) to see which one you like best.
  • Cool Features: You can do things like load different settings on-the-fly, or even train a new setting yourself!

How to Use It?

Step 1: Install It

Easy Way
  1. Download a ZIP file for your computer (Windows, Linux, macOS, or WSL).
  2. Unzip it and click on “start.”

For Tech-Savvy Kids

  • Use something called “Conda” to install it manually. This is a bit complicated but gives you more control.

Step 2: Start It

  1. Open your computer’s command line.
  2. Type some commands to go to the folder where you installed it.
  3. Type python server.py and press Enter.

Step 3: Use It

  1. Open your web browser and go to http://localhost:7860/?__theme=dark.
  2. Now you can start using it! Choose a smart robot, type something, and see what it writes back.

Extra Tips

  • You can download more smart robots from a website called “Hugging Face.”
  • If you want to update it later, you just need to run some simple commands.

The Technical Details

The project is a Gradio web UI designed for text generation using large language models. It aims to be a comprehensive tool similar to AUTOMATIC1111’s stable-diffusion-webui. The UI supports various features:

Interface Modes

  • Default mode
  • Notebook
  • Chat

Model Support

  • Multiple backends like transformers, llama.cpp, ExLlama, AutoGPTQ, and more. Models can be downloaded on huggingface.

Additional Features

  • Dropdown for model selection
  • On-the-fly LoRA loading and training
  • Precise instruction templates for chat mode
  • Support for 4-bit, 8-bit, and CPU inference
  • Efficient text streaming
  • Markdown and LaTeX output


  • One-click installers for Windows, Linux, macOS, and WSL.
  • Manual installation using Conda is also available.

Model Download

  • Models can be downloaded from Hugging Face and placed in a specific folder.

Starting the Web UI

  • Activate the Conda environment and run the server script.

The project is well-documented and offers various customization options, including settings for multi-user mode, model loader, and hardware acceleration.

GitHub Repository

GitHub Link

For more details, users can refer to the project’s documentation

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