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Simple StyleGan2 for Pytorch

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Simple Pytorch implementation of Stylegan2 based on that can be completely trained from the command-line, no coding needed.

Below are some flowers that do not exist.

Neither do these hands

Nor these cities

Nor these celebrities (trained by @yoniker)


You will need a machine with a GPU and CUDA installed. Then pip install the package like this

$ pip install stylegan2_pytorch

If you are using a windows machine, the following commands reportedly works.

$ conda install pytorch torchvision -c python
$ pip install stylegan2_pytorch


$ stylegan2_pytorch --data /path/to/images

That's it. Sample images will be saved to results/default and models will be saved periodically to models/default.

Advanced Use

You can specify the name of your project with

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data /path/to/images --name my-project-name

You can also specify the location where intermediate results and model checkpoints should be stored with

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data /path/to/images --name my-project-name --results_dir /path/to/results/dir --models_dir /path/to/models/dir

You can increase the network capacity (which defaults to 16) to improve generation results, at the cost of more memory.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data /path/to/images --network-capacity 256

By default, if the training gets cut off, it will automatically resume from the last checkpointed file. If you want to restart with new settings, just add a new flag

$ stylegan2_pytorch --new --data /path/to/images --name my-project-name --image-size 512 --batch-size 1 --gradient-accumulate-every 16 --network-capacity 10

Once you have finished training, you can generate images from your latest checkpoint like so.

$ stylegan2_pytorch  --generate

To generate a video of a interpolation through two random points in latent space.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --generate-interpolation --interpolation-num-steps 100

To save each individual frame of the interpolation

$ stylegan2_pytorch --generate-interpolation --save-frames

If a previous checkpoint contained a better generator, (which often happens as generators start degrading towards the end of training), you can load from a previous checkpoint with another flag

$ stylegan2_pytorch --generate --load-from {checkpoint number}

A technique used in both StyleGAN and BigGAN is truncating the latent values so that their values fall close to the mean. The small the truncation value, the better the samples will appear at the cost of sample variety. You can control this with the --trunc-psi, where values typically fall between 0.5 and 1. It is set at 0.75 as default

$ stylegan2_pytorch --generate --trunc-psi 0.5

Multi-GPU training

If you have one machine with multiple GPUs, the repository offers a way to utilize all of them for training. With multiple GPUs, each batch will be divided evenly amongst the GPUs available. For example, for 2 GPUs, with a batch size of 32, each GPU will see 16 samples.

You simply have to add a --multi-gpus flag, everyting else is taken care of. If you would like to restrict to specific GPUs, you can use the CUDA_VISIBLE_DEVICES environment variable to control what devices can be used. (ex. CUDA_VISIBLE_DEVICES=0,2,3 only devices 0, 2, 3 are available)

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --multi-gpus --batch-size 32 --gradient-accumulate-every 1

Low amounts of Training Data

In the past, GANs needed a lot of data to learn how to generate well. The faces model took 70k high quality images from Flickr, as an example.

However, in the month of May 2020, researchers all across the world independently converged on a simple technique to reduce that number to as low as 1-2k. That simple idea was to differentiably augment all images, generated or real, going into the discriminator during training.

If one were to augment at a low enough probability, the augmentations will not 'leak' into the generations.

In the setting of low data, you can use the feature with a simple flag.

# find a suitable probability between 0. -> 0.7 at maximum
$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --aug-prob 0.25

By default, the augmentations used are translation and cutout. If you would like to add color, you can do so with the --aug-types argument.

# make sure there are no spaces between items!
$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --aug-prob 0.25 --aug-types [translation,cutout,color]

You can customize it to any combination of the three you would like. The differentiable augmentation code was copied and slightly modified from here.

When do I stop training?

For as long as possible until the adversarial game between the two neural nets fall apart (we call this divergence). By default, the number of training steps is set to 150000 for 128x128 images, but you will certainly want this number to be higher if the GAN doesn't diverge by the end of training, or if you are training at a higher resolution.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --image-size 512 --num-train-steps 1000000


This framework also allows for you to add an efficient form of self-attention to the designated layers of the discriminator (and the symmetric layer of the generator), which will greatly improve results. The more attention you can afford, the better!

# add self attention after the output of layer 1
$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --attn-layers 1
# add self attention after the output of layers 1 and 2
# do not put a space after the comma in the list!
$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --attn-layers [1,2]


Training on transparent images

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./transparent/images/path --transparent

Memory considerations

The more GPU memory you have, the bigger and better the image generation will be. Nvidia recommended having up to 16GB for training 1024x1024 images. If you have less than that, there are a couple settings you can play with so that the model fits.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data /path/to/data \
    --batch-size 3 \
    --gradient-accumulate-every 5 \
    --network-capacity 16
  1. Batch size - You can decrease the batch-size down to 1, but you should increase the gradient-accumulate-every correspondingly so that the mini-batch the network sees is not too small. This may be confusing to a layperson, so I'll think about how I would automate the choice of gradient-accumulate-every going forward.

  2. Network capacity - You can decrease the neural network capacity to lessen the memory requirements. Just be aware that this has been shown to degrade generation performance.

If none of this works, you can settle for 'Lightweight' GAN, which will allow you to tradeoff quality to train at greater resolutions in reasonable amount of time.

Deployment on AWS

Below are some steps which may be helpful for deployment using Amazon Web Services. In order to use this, you will have to provision a GPU-backed EC2 instance. An appropriate instance type would be from a p2 or p3 series. I (iboates) tried a p2.xlarge (the cheapest option) and it was quite slow, slower in fact than using Google Colab. More powerful instance types may be better but they are more expensive. You can read more about them here.

Setup steps

  1. Archive your training data and upload it to an S3 bucket
  2. Provision your EC2 instance (I used an Ubuntu AMI)
  3. Log into your EC2 instance via SSH
  4. Install the aws CLI client and configure it:
sudo snap install aws-cli --classic
aws configure

You will then have to enter your AWS access keys, which you can retrieve from the management console under AWS Management Console > Profile > My Security Credentials > Access Keys

Then, run these commands, or maybe put them in a shell script and execute that:

mkdir data
curl -O
sudo apt-get install python3-distutils
pip3 install stylegan2_pytorch
export PATH=$PATH:/home/ubuntu/.local/bin
aws s3 sync s3://<Your bucket name> ~/data
cd data
tar -xf ../train.tar.gz

Now you should be able to train by simplying calling stylegan2_pytorch [args].


  • If you have a lot of training data, you may need to provision extra block storage via EBS.
  • Also, you may need to spread your data across multiple archives.
  • You should run this on a screen window so it won't terminate once you log out of the SSH session.


FID Scores

Thanks to GetsEclectic, you can now calculate the FID score periodically! Again, made super simple with one extra argument, as shown below.

Firstly, install the pytorch_fid package

$ pip install pytorch-fid

Followed by

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --calculate-fid-every 5000

FID results will be logged to ./results/{name}/fid_scores.txt


If you would like to sample images programmatically, you can do so with the following simple ModelLoader class.

import torch
from torchvision.utils import save_image
from stylegan2_pytorch import ModelLoader

loader = ModelLoader(
    base_dir = '/path/to/directory',   # path to where you invoked the command line tool
    name = 'default'                   # the project name, defaults to 'default'

noise   = torch.randn(1, 512).cuda() # noise
styles  = loader.noise_to_styles(noise, trunc_psi = 0.7)  # pass through mapping network
images  = loader.styles_to_images(styles) # call the generator on intermediate style vectors

save_image(images, './sample.jpg') # save your images, or do whatever you desire

Logging to experiment tracker

To log the losses to an open source experiment tracker (Aim), you simply need to pass an extra flag like so.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --log

Then, you need to make sure you have Docker installed. Following the instructions at Aim, you execute the following in your terminal.

$ aim up

Then open up your browser to the address and you should see


Top-k Training for Generator

A new paper has produced evidence that by simply zero-ing out the gradient contributions from samples that are deemed fake by the discriminator, the generator learns significantly better, achieving new state of the art.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --top-k-training

Gamma is a decay schedule that slowly decreases the topk from the full batch size to the target fraction of 50% (also modifiable hyperparameter).

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --top-k-training --generate-top-k-frac 0.5 --generate-top-k-gamma 0.99

Feature Quantization

A recent paper reported improved results if intermediate representations of the discriminator are vector quantized. Although I have not noticed any dramatic changes, I have decided to add this as a feature, so other minds out there can investigate. To use, you have to specify which layer(s) you would like to vector quantize. Default dictionary size is 256 and is also tunable.

# feature quantize layers 1 and 2, with a dictionary size of 512 each
# do not put a space after the comma in the list!
$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --fq-layers [1,2] --fq-dict-size 512

Contrastive Loss Regularization

I have tried contrastive learning on the discriminator (in step with the usual GAN training) and possibly observed improved stability and quality of final results. You can turn on this experimental feature with a simple flag as shown below.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --cl-reg

Relativistic Discriminator Loss

This was proposed in the Relativistic GAN paper to stabilize training. I have had mixed results, but will include the feature for those who want to experiment with it.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --rel-disc-loss

Non-constant 4x4 Block

By default, the StyleGAN architecture styles a constant learned 4x4 block as it is progressively upsampled. This is an experimental feature that makes it so the 4x4 block is learned from the style vector w instead.

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --no-const

Dual Contrastive Loss

A recent paper has proposed that a novel contrastive loss between the real and fake logits can improve quality over other types of losses. (The default in this repository is hinge loss, and the paper shows a slight improvement)

$ stylegan2_pytorch --data ./data --dual-contrast-loss


Stylegan2 + Unet Discriminator

I have gotten really good results with a unet discriminator, but the architecturally change was too big to fit as an option in this repository. If you are aiming for perfection, feel free to try it.

If you would like me to give the royal treatment to some other GAN architecture (BigGAN), feel free to reach out at my email. Happy to hear your pitch.


Thank you to Matthew Mann for his inspiring simple port for Tensorflow 2.0


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