How to install and run Stable Diffusion on Apple Silicon M1/M2 Macs


How to install and run Stable Diffusion on Apple Silicon M1/M2 Macs


This section shows you how to install and run AUTOMATIC1111 on Mac step-by-step.

DiffusionBee is easy to install but the functionality is pretty limited. If you are (or aspired to be) an advanced user, you will want to use an advanced GUI like AUTOMATIC1111. You will need this GUI if you want to follow my tutorials.

Install AUTOMATIC1111 on Mac

Step 1: Install Homebrew, a package manager for Mac, if you haven’t already. Open the Terminal app, type the following command, and press return.

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Step 2: Install a few required packages. Open a new terminal and run the following command

brew install cmake protobuf rust python@3.10 git wget

Step 3: Clone the AUTOMATIC1111 repository by running the following command in the terminal

git clone

A new folder stable-diffusion-webui should be created under your home directory.

Step 5: You will need a model to run Stable Diffusion. Use the following link to download the v1.5 model.

Download link

Put the file in the folder stable-diffusion-webui/models/Stable-diffusion. You can get there in the Finder app. In the top menu, click Go and then Home. Double Click to go to the folder stable-diffusion-webui, and then models, and then Stable-diffusion.

When you are done with this step, the Stable-diffusion folder should have two files like below.

Run AUTOMATIC1111 on Mac

Follow the steps in this section to start AUTOMATIC1111 GUI for Stable Diffusion.

In the terminal, run the following command.

cd ~/stable-diffusion-webui;./

It will take a while when you run it for the very first time.

Open a web browser and click the following URL to start Stable Diffusion.

You should see the AUTOMATIC1111 GUI. Put in a prompt “a cat” and press Generate to test using the GUI.

Close the terminal when you are done. Follow the steps in this section the next time when you want to run Stable Diffusion.

Pros and Cons of AUTOMATIC1111


Best features among all apps

Difficult to install if you are not tech-savvy.
Next Steps

Now you are able to run Stable Diffusion, below are some suggestions on what to learn next.

Check out how to build good prompts.
Check out this article to learn what the parameters in GUI mean.
Download some new models and have fun!

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