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Run Stable Diffusion XL with an API

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Run Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 with an API-1

Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 is the latest state-of-the-art latent diffusion model from Stability AI for high-resolution image synthesis. SDXL is open-source, designed to improve the visual quality of generated images while maintaining transparency and reproducibility.

You can now try out Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 in Clarifai Platform and access it through the API.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Try out Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 in Clarifai Platform
  3. Running Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 with Python

  4. Best Usecases

  5. Evaluation

  6. Advantages


Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 is an image generation model that excels in producing highly detailed and photorealistic 1024x1024 px image compared to its previous versions, Stable Diffusion 2.1 and Stable Diffusion 1.5.

It can generate realistic faces, legible text within images, and better overall image composition. SDXL achieves these results using shorter and simpler prompts while still offering features like image-to-image prompting, inpainting, and outpainting. 

Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 is an enhanced version of the Stable Diffusion model, employing a three times larger UNet backbone to capture more detailed features and produce superior images. To enhance the image quality and diversity, SDXL incorporates innovative conditioning schemes, including multi-scale conditioning, cross-modal attention, and multi-aspect ratio training. These schemes enable SDXL to generate images that closely match the input textual descriptions while covering a wide range of visual styles and variations.

Furthermore, SDXL utilizes a separate refinement model that employs a noising-denoising process on the latents produced by the model. This refinement step helps eliminate artifacts and further improves the overall visual fidelity of the generated images.

Running Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 model with Python

You can run Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 Model using the Clarifai's Python client.

Check out the Code Below:

You can also run Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 Model using other Clarifai Client Libraries like Javascript, Java, cURL, NodeJS, PHP, etc here

Model Demo in the Clarifai Platform:

Try out the Stable Diffusion XL 1.0 model here:


Best Use Cases

SDXL can be used for various applications, including but not limited to: 

  • Text-to-image synthesis 
  • Image editing and manipulation 
  • Data augmentation for computer vision tasks 
  • Artistic image creation 


SDXL was evaluated on several datasets, including ImageNet, COCO, and LSUN. They show that SDXL achieves competitive performance with state-of-the-art image generation models, including BigGAN and StyleGAN2. They also provide ablation studies to analyze the contribution of different components of the model to its performance.

Performance of the SDXL model was evaluated  using several standard image quality metrics, including Fréchet Inception Distance (FID), Inception Score (IS), and Learned Perceptual Image Patch Similarity (LPIPS).

  • FID measures the distance between the distributions of real and generated images in the feature space of a pre-trained Inception network.
  • IS measures the diversity and quality of the generated images based on the output of the same network.
  • LPIPS measures the perceptual similarity between the generated and real images based on the output of a pre-trained VGG network. 


  • Improved Text Generation: SDXL can generate more readable and contextually relevant text within images, which sets it apart from previous AI image generation models.
  • Better Human Anatomy: The model exhibits fewer issues with human anatomy, resulting in more accurate and realistic representations of people in generated images.
  • Diverse Artistic Styles: SDXL offers a wide range of artistic styles, allowing users to experiment and customize image outputs according to their preferences and requirements.
  • Short Prompt Understanding: SDXL understands and responds well to shorter prompts, streamlining the content generation process and saving time for users.
  • State-of-the-art performance: SDXL achieves state-of-the-art performance on several benchmark datasets, including ImageNet, COCO, and LSUN. 

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