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Interactive Command Line Interface#

The InvokeAI command line interface (CLI) provides scriptable access to InvokeAI's features.Some advanced features are only available through the CLI, though they eventually find their way into the WebUI.

The CLI is accessible from the launcher by selecting option (1). Alternatively, it can be launched directly from the command line by activating the InvokeAI environment and giving the command:


After some startup messages, you will be presented with the invoke> prompt. Here you can type prompts to generate images and issue other commands to load and manipulate generative models. The CLI has a large number of command-line options that control its behavior. To get a concise summary of the options, call invokeai with the --help argument:

invokeai --help

The script uses the readline library to allow for in-line editing, command history (Up and Down), autocompletion, and more. To help keep track of which prompts generated which images, the script writes a log file of image names and prompts to the selected output directory.

Here is a typical session

PS1:C:\Users\fred> invokeai
* Initializing, be patient...
* Initializing, be patient...
>> Initialization file /home/lstein/invokeai/invokeai.init found. Loading...
>> Internet connectivity is True
>> InvokeAI, version 2.3.0-rc5
>> InvokeAI runtime directory is "/home/lstein/invokeai"
>> GFPGAN Initialized
>> CodeFormer Initialized
>> ESRGAN Initialized
>> Using device_type cuda
>> xformers memory-efficient attention is available and enabled
     (...more initialization messages...)
* Initialization done! Awaiting your command (-h for help, 'q' to quit)
invoke> ashley judd riding a camel -n2 -s150
   outputs/img-samples/00009.png: "ashley judd riding a camel" -n2 -s150 -S 416354203
   outputs/img-samples/00010.png: "ashley judd riding a camel" -n2 -s150 -S 1362479620

invoke> "there's a fly in my soup" -n6 -g
    outputs/img-samples/00011.png: "there's a fly in my soup" -n6 -g -S 2685670268
    seeds for individual rows: [2685670268, 1216708065, 2335773498, 822223658, 714542046, 3395302430]
invoke> q



The script recognizes a series of command-line switches that will change important global defaults, such as the directory for image outputs and the location of the model weight files.

List of arguments recognized at the command line#

These command-line arguments can be passed to when you first run it from the Windows, Mac or Linux command line. Some set defaults that can be overridden on a per-prompt basis (see List of prompt arguments. Others

Argument Shortcut Default Description
--help -h Print a concise help message.
--outdir <path> -o<path> outputs/img_samples Location for generated images.
--prompt_as_dir -p False Name output directories using the prompt text.
--from_file <path> None Read list of prompts from a file. Use - to read from standard input
--model <modelname> stable-diffusion-1.5 Loads the initial model specified in configs/models.yaml.
--ckpt_convert False If provided both .ckpt and .safetensors files will be auto-converted into diffusers format in memory
--autoconvert <path> None On startup, scan the indicated directory for new .ckpt/.safetensor files and automatically convert and import them
--precision fp16 Provide fp32 for full precision mode, fp16 for half-precision. fp32 needed for Macintoshes and some NVidia cards.
--png_compression <0-9> -z<0-9> 6 Select level of compression for output files, from 0 (no compression) to 9 (max compression)
--safety-checker False Activate safety checker for NSFW and other potentially disturbing imagery
--patchmatch, --no-patchmatch --patchmatch Load/Don't load the PatchMatch inpainting extension
--xformers, --no-xformers --xformers Load/Don't load the Xformers memory-efficient attention module (CUDA only)
--web False Start in web server mode
--host <ip addr> localhost Which network interface web server should listen on. Set to to listen on any.
--port <port> 9090 Which port web server should listen for requests on.
--config <path> configs/models.yaml Configuration file for models and their weights.
--iterations <int> -n<int> 1 How many images to generate per prompt.
--width <int> -W<int> 512 Width of generated image
--height <int> -H<int> 512 Height of generated image
--strength <float> -s<float> 0.75 For img2img: how hard to try to match the prompt to the initial image. Ranges from 0.0-0.99, with higher values replacing the initial image completely.
--fit -F False For img2img: scale the init image to fit into the specified -H and -W dimensions
--grid -g False Save all image series as a grid rather than individually.
--sampler <sampler> -A<sampler> k_lms Sampler to use. Use -h to get list of available samplers.
--seamless False Create interesting effects by tiling elements of the image.
--embedding_path <path> None Path to pre-trained embedding manager checkpoints, for custom models
--gfpgan_model_path experiments/pretrained_models/GFPGANv1.4.pth Path to GFPGAN model file.
--free_gpu_mem False Free GPU memory after sampling, to allow image decoding and saving in low VRAM conditions
--precision auto Set model precision, default is selected by device. Options: auto, float32, float16, autocast

These arguments are deprecated but still work

Argument Shortcut Default Description
--full_precision False Same as --precision=fp32
--weights <path> None Path to weights file; use --model stable-diffusion-1.4 instead
--laion400m -l False Use older LAION400m weights; use --model=laion400m instead


On Windows systems, you may run into problems when passing the invoke script standard backslashed path names because the Python interpreter treats "\" as an escape. You can either double your slashes (ick): C:\\path\\to\\my\\file, or use Linux/Mac style forward slashes (better): C:/path/to/my/file.

The .invokeai initialization file#

To start up with your preferred settings, place your desired startup options in a file in your home directory named .invokeai The file should contain the startup options as you would type them on the command line (--steps=10 --grid), one argument per line, or a mixture of both using any of the accepted command switch formats:

my unmodified initialization file

# InvokeAI initialization file
# This is the InvokeAI initialization file, which contains command-line default values.
# Feel free to edit. If anything goes wrong, you can re-initialize this file by deleting
# or renaming it and then running invokeai-configure again.

# The --root option below points to the folder in which InvokeAI stores its models, configs and outputs.

# the --outdir option controls the default location of image files.

# You may place other  frequently-used startup commands here, one or more per line.
# Examples:
# --web --host=
# --steps=20
# -Ak_euler_a -C10.0


The initialization file only accepts the command line arguments. There are additional arguments that you can provide on the invoke> command line (such as -n or --iterations) that cannot be entered into this file. Also be alert for empty blank lines at the end of the file, which will cause an arguments error at startup time.

List of prompt arguments#

After the script initializes, it will present you with a invoke> prompt. Here you can enter information to generate images from text (txt2img), to embellish an existing image or sketch (img2img), or to selectively alter chosen regions of the image (inpainting).


invoke> waterfall and rainbow -W640 -H480

This will create the requested image with the dimensions 640 (width) and 480 (height).

Here are the invoke> command that apply to txt2img:

Argument Shortcut Default Description
"my prompt" Text prompt to use. The quotation marks are optional.
--width <int> -W<int> 512 Width of generated image
--height <int> -H<int> 512 Height of generated image
--iterations <int> -n<int> 1 How many images to generate from this prompt
--steps <int> -s<int> 50 How many steps of refinement to apply
--cfg_scale <float> -C<float> 7.5 How hard to try to match the prompt to the generated image; any number greater than 1.0 works, but the useful range is roughly 5.0 to 20.0
--seed <int> -S<int> None Set the random seed for the next series of images. This can be used to recreate an image generated previously.
--sampler <sampler> -A<sampler> k_lms Sampler to use. Use -h to get list of available samplers.
--karras_max <int> 29 When using k_* samplers, set the maximum number of steps before shifting from using the Karras noise schedule (good for low step counts) to the LatentDiffusion noise schedule (good for high step counts) This value is sticky. [29]
--hires_fix Larger images often have duplication artefacts. This option suppresses duplicates by generating the image at low res, and then using img2img to increase the resolution
--png_compression <0-9> -z<0-9> 6 Select level of compression for output files, from 0 (no compression) to 9 (max compression)
--grid -g False Turn on grid mode to return a single image combining all the images generated by this prompt
--individual -i True Turn off grid mode (deprecated; leave off --grid instead)
--outdir <path> -o<path> outputs/img_samples Temporarily change the location of these images
--seamless False Activate seamless tiling for interesting effects
--seamless_axes x,y Specify which axes to use circular convolution on.
--log_tokenization -t False Display a color-coded list of the parsed tokens derived from the prompt
--skip_normalization -x False Weighted subprompts will not be normalized. See Weighted Prompts
--upscale <int> <float> -U <int> <float> -U 1 0.75 Upscale image by magnification factor (2, 4), and set strength of upscaling (0.0-1.0). If strength not set, will default to 0.75.
--facetool_strength <float> -G <float> -G0 Fix faces (defaults to using the GFPGAN algorithm); argument indicates how hard the algorithm should try (0.0-1.0)
--facetool <name> -ft <name> -ft gfpgan Select face restoration algorithm to use: gfpgan, codeformer
--codeformer_fidelity -cf <float> 0.75 Used along with CodeFormer. Takes values between 0 and 1. 0 produces high quality but low accuracy. 1 produces high accuracy but low quality
--save_original -save_orig False When upscaling or fixing faces, this will cause the original image to be saved rather than replaced.
--variation <float> -v<float> 0.0 Add a bit of noise (0.0=none, 1.0=high) to the image in order to generate a series of variations. Usually used in combination with -S<seed> and -n<int> to generate a series a riffs on a starting image. See Variations.
--with_variations <pattern> None Combine two or more variations. See Variations for now to use this.
--save_intermediates <n> None Save the image from every nth step into an "intermediates" folder inside the output directory
--h_symmetry_time_pct <float> None Create symmetry along the X axis at the desired percent complete of the generation process. (Must be between 0.0 and 1.0; set to a very small number like 0.0001 for just after the first step of generation.)
--v_symmetry_time_pct <float> None Create symmetry along the Y axis at the desired percent complete of the generation process. (Must be between 0.0 and 1.0; set to a very small number like 0.0001 for just after the first step of generation.)


the width and height of the image must be multiples of 64. You can provide different values, but they will be rounded down to the nearest multiple of 64.

This is a example of img2img

invoke> waterfall and rainbow -I./vacation-photo.png -W640 -H480 --fit

This will modify the indicated vacation photograph by making it more like the prompt. Results will vary greatly depending on what is in the image. We also ask to --fit the image into a box no bigger than 640x480. Otherwise the image size will be identical to the provided photo and you may run out of memory if it is large.

In addition to the command-line options recognized by txt2img, img2img accepts additional options:

Argument Shortcut Default Description
--init_img <path> -I<path> None Path to the initialization image
--fit -F False Scale the image to fit into the specified -H and -W dimensions
--strength <float> -s<float> 0.75 How hard to try to match the prompt to the initial image. Ranges from 0.0-0.99, with higher values replacing the initial image completely.


invoke> waterfall and rainbow -I./vacation-photo.png -M./vacation-mask.png -W640 -H480 --fit

This will do the same thing as img2img, but image alterations will only occur within transparent areas defined by the mask file specified by -M. You may also supply just a single initial image with the areas to overpaint made transparent, but you must be careful not to destroy the pixels underneath when you create the transparent areas. See Inpainting for details.

inpainting accepts all the arguments used for txt2img and img2img, as well as the --mask (-M) and --text_mask (-tm) arguments:

Argument Shortcut Default Description
--init_mask <path> -M<path> None Path to an image the same size as the initial_image, with areas for inpainting made transparent.
--invert_mask False If true, invert the mask so that transparent areas are opaque and vice versa.
--text_mask <prompt> [<float>] -tm <prompt> [<float>] Create a mask from a text prompt describing part of the image

The mask may either be an image with transparent areas, in which case the inpainting will occur in the transparent areas only, or a black and white image, in which case all black areas will be painted into.

--text_mask (short form -tm) is a way to generate a mask using a text description of the part of the image to replace. For example, if you have an image of a breakfast plate with a bagel, toast and scrambled eggs, you can selectively mask the bagel and replace it with a piece of cake this way:

invoke> a piece of cake -I /path/to/breakfast.png -tm bagel

The algorithm uses clipseg to classify different regions of the image. The classifier puts out a confidence score for each region it identifies. Generally regions that score above 0.5 are reliable, but if you are getting too much or too little masking you can adjust the threshold down (to get more mask), or up (to get less). In this example, by passing -tm a higher value, we are insisting on a more stringent classification.

invoke> a piece of cake -I /path/to/breakfast.png -tm bagel 0.6

Custom Styles and Subjects#

You can load and use hundreds of community-contributed Textual Inversion models just by typing the appropriate trigger phrase. Please see Concepts Library for more details.

Other Commands#

The CLI offers a number of commands that begin with "!".

Postprocessing images#

To postprocess a file using face restoration or upscaling, use the !fix command.


This command runs a post-processor on a previously-generated image. It takes a PNG filename or path and applies your choice of the -U, -G, or --embiggen switches in order to fix faces or upscale. If you provide a filename, the script will look for it in the current output directory. Otherwise you can provide a full or partial path to the desired file.

Some examples:

Upscale to 4X its original size and fix faces using codeformer

invoke> !fix 0000045.4829112.png -G1 -U4 -ft codeformer

Use the GFPGAN algorithm to fix faces, then upscale to 3X using --embiggen

invoke> !fix 0000045.4829112.png -G0.8 -ft gfpgan
>> fixing outputs/img-samples/0000045.4829112.png
>> retrieved seed 4829112 and prompt "boy enjoying a banana split"
>> GFPGAN - Restoring Faces for image seed:4829112
[1] outputs/img-samples/000017.4829112.gfpgan-00.png: !fix "outputs/img-samples/0000045.4829112.png" -s 50 -S  -W 512 -H 512 -C 7.5 -A k_lms -G 0.8


This command takes an image, a text prompt, and uses the clipseg algorithm to automatically generate a mask of the area that matches the text prompt. It is useful for debugging the text masking process prior to inpainting with the --text_mask argument. See [] for details.

Model selection and importation#

The CLI allows you to add new models on the fly, as well as to switch among them rapidly without leaving the script. There are several different model formats, each described in the Model Installation Guide.


This prints out a list of the models defined in `config/models.yaml'. The active model is bold-faced


inpainting-1.5            not loaded  Stable Diffusion inpainting model
stable-diffusion-1.5          active  Stable Diffusion v1.5
waifu-diffusion           not loaded  Waifu Diffusion v1.4

!switch <model>#

This quickly switches from one model to another without leaving the CLI script. uses a memory caching system; once a model has been loaded, switching back and forth is quick. The following example shows this in action. Note how the second column of the !models table changes to cached after a model is first loaded, and that the long initialization step is not needed when loading a cached model.

!import_model <hugging_face_repo_ID>#

This imports and installs a diffusers-style model that is stored on the HuggingFace Web Site. You can look up any Stable Diffusion diffusers model and install it with a command like the following:

!import_model prompthero/openjourney

!import_model <path/to/diffusers/directory>#

If you have a copy of a diffusers-style model saved to disk, you can import it by passing the path to model's top-level directory.

!import_model <url>#

For a .ckpt or .safetensors file, if you have a direct download URL for the file, you can provide it to !import_model and the file will be downloaded and installed for you.

!import_model <path/to/model/weights.ckpt>#

This command imports a new model weights file into InvokeAI, makes it available for image generation within the script, and writes out the configuration for the model into config/models.yaml for use in subsequent sessions.

Provide !import_model with the path to a weights file ending in .ckpt. If you type a partial path and press tab, the CLI will autocomplete. Although it will also autocomplete to .vae files, these are not currenty supported (but will be soon).

When you hit return, the CLI will prompt you to fill in additional information about the model, including the short name you wish to use for it with the !switch command, a brief description of the model, the default image width and height to use with this model, and the model's configuration file. The latter three fields are automatically filled with reasonable defaults. In the example below, the bold-faced text shows what the user typed in with the exception of the width, height and configuration file paths, which were filled in automatically.

!import_model <path/to/directory_of_models>#

If you provide the path of a directory that contains one or more .ckpt or .safetensors files, the CLI will scan the directory and interactively offer to import the models it finds there. Also see the --autoconvert command-line option.

!edit_model <name_of_model>#

The !edit_model command can be used to modify a model that is already defined in config/models.yaml. Call it with the short name of the model you wish to modify, and it will allow you to modify the model's description, weights and other fields.


invoke> !edit_model waifu-diffusion
>> Editing model waifu-diffusion from configuration file ./configs/models.yaml
description: Waifu diffusion v1.4beta
weights: models/ldm/stable-diffusion-v1/model-epoch10-float16.ckpt
config: configs/stable-diffusion/v1-inference.yaml
width: 512
height: 512

>> New configuration:
  config: configs/stable-diffusion/v1-inference.yaml
  description: Waifu diffusion v1.4beta
  weights: models/ldm/stable-diffusion-v1/model-epoch10-float16.ckpt
  height: 512
  width: 512

OK to import [n]? y
>> Caching model stable-diffusion-1.4 in system RAM
>> Loading waifu-diffusion from models/ldm/stable-diffusion-v1/model-epoch10-float16.ckpt

History processing#

The CLI provides a series of convenient commands for reviewing previous actions, retrieving them, modifying them, and re-running them.


The invoke script keeps track of all the commands you issue during a session, allowing you to re-run them. On Mac and Linux systems, it also writes the command-line history out to disk, giving you access to the most recent 1000 commands issued.

The !history command will return a numbered list of all the commands issued during the session (Windows), or the most recent 1000 commands (Mac|Linux). You can then repeat a command by using the command !NNN, where "NNN" is the history line number. For example:

invoke> !history
[14] happy woman sitting under tree wearing broad hat and flowing garment
[15] beautiful woman sitting under tree wearing broad hat and flowing garment
[18] beautiful woman sitting under tree wearing broad hat and flowing garment -v0.2 -n6
[20] watercolor of beautiful woman sitting under tree wearing broad hat and flowing garment -v0.2 -n6 -S2878767194
[21] surrealist painting of beautiful woman sitting under tree wearing broad hat and flowing garment -v0.2 -n6 -S2878767194
invoke> !20
invoke> watercolor of beautiful woman sitting under tree wearing broad hat and flowing garment -v0.2 -n6 -S2878767194


This command retrieves the generation parameters from a previously generated image and either loads them into the command line (Linux|Mac), or prints them out in a comment for copy-and-paste (Windows). You may provide either the name of a file in the current output directory, or a full file path. Specify path to a folder with image png files, and wildcard *.png to retrieve the dream command used to generate the images, and save them to a file commands.txt for further processing.

load the generation command for a single png file

invoke> !fetch 0000015.8929913.png
# the script returns the next line, ready for editing and running:
invoke> a fantastic alien landscape -W 576 -H 512 -s 60 -A plms -C 7.5

fetch the generation commands from a batch of files and store them into selected.txt

invoke> !fetch outputs\selected-imgs\*.png selected.txt


This command replays a text file generated by !fetch or created manually


invoke> !replay outputs\selected-imgs\selected.txt


These commands may behave unexpectedly if given a PNG file that was not generated by InvokeAI.

!search <search string>#

This is similar to !history but it only returns lines that contain search string. For example:

invoke> !search surreal
[21] surrealist painting of beautiful woman sitting under tree wearing broad hat and flowing garment -v0.2 -n6 -S2878767194


This clears the search history from memory and disk. Be advised that this operation is irreversible and does not issue any warnings!

Command-line editing and completion#

The command-line offers convenient history tracking, editing, and command completion.

  • To scroll through previous commands and potentially edit/reuse them, use the Up and Down keys.
  • To edit the current command, use the Left and Right keys to position the cursor, and then Backspace, Del or insert characters.
  • To move to the very beginning of the command, type Ctrl+A (or Cmd+A on the Mac)
  • To move to the end of the command, type Ctrl+E.
  • To cut a section of the command, position the cursor where you want to start cutting and type Ctrl+K
  • To paste a cut section back in, position the cursor where you want to paste, and type Ctrl+Y

Windows users can get similar, but more limited, functionality if they launch with the winpty program and have the pyreadline3 library installed:

> winpty python scripts\

On the Mac and Linux platforms, when you exit, the last 1000 lines of your command-line history will be saved. When you restart, you can access the saved history using the Up key.

In addition, limited command-line completion is installed. In various contexts, you can start typing your command and press Tab. A list of potential completions will be presented to you. You can then type a little more, hit Tab again, and eventually autocomplete what you want.

When specifying file paths using the one-letter shortcuts, the CLI will attempt to complete pathnames for you. This is most handy for the -I (init image) and -M (init mask) paths. To initiate completion, start the path with a slash (/) or ./. For example:

invoke> zebra with a mustache -I./test-pictures<TAB>
-I./test-pictures/Lincoln-and-Parrot.png  -I./test-pictures/zebra.jpg        -I./test-pictures/madonna.png
-I./test-pictures/bad-sketch.png          -I./test-pictures/man_with_eagle/

You can then type Z, hit Tab again, and it will autofill to zebra.jpg.

More text completion features (such as autocompleting seeds) are on their way.

Last update: October 17, 2023
Created: September 11, 2022