Llamafile Has the Best Ergonomics for Local Language Models

By far the best installation and running experience for using a large language model locally is llamafile. The entire model, weights, and a server are packaged into a single binary that can be run across multiple runtime environments.

It turns a complicated set of steps for compiling, fine tuning, and running into a single download and command sh -c ./path/to/llamafile.

This is ideal if you just want to try out a model to see how it performs. For me, it was interesting to see that my Macbook M1 laptop can get ~11 tokens per second out of the box and the llava model is good enough for basic tasks.

I hope they make more models available to try!

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