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HuggingFace Model Support


To start the inference server for the Validated Models, refer to the Deploying Inference Server documentation.

We provide the capability to download model files from any HuggingFace repository and generate a MAR file to start an inference server using Kubeflow serving.

To start the Inference Server for any other HuggingFace model, follow the steps below.

Generate Model Archive File for HuggingFace Models

Run the following command for downloading and generating the Model Archive File (MAR) with the HuggingFace Model files :

python3 $WORK_DIR/llm/ [--hf_token <HUGGINGFACE_HUB_TOKEN> --repo_version <REPO_VERSION> --handler <CUSTOM_HANDLER_PATH>] --model_name <HUGGINGFACE_MODEL_NAME> --repo_id <HUGGINGFACE_REPO_ID> --model_path <MODEL_PATH> --output <NFS_LOCAL_MOUNT_LOCATION>

  • model_name: Name of HuggingFace model
  • repo_id: HuggingFace Repository ID of the model
  • repo_version: Commit ID of model's HuggingFace repository, defaults to latest HuggingFace commit ID (optional)
  • model_path: Absolute path of custom model files (should be empty)
  • output: Mount path to your nfs server to be used in the kube PV where and model archive file be stored
  • handler: Path to custom handler, defaults to llm/ (optional)
  • hf_token: Your HuggingFace token. Needed to download and verify LLAMA(2) models.


Download model files and generate model archive for codellama/CodeLlama-7b-hf:

python3 $WORK_DIR/llm/ --model_name codellama_7b_hf --repo_id codellama/CodeLlama-7b-hf --model_path /models/codellama_7b_hf/model_files --output /mnt/llm

Start Inference Server with HuggingFace Model Archive File

Run the following command for starting Kubeflow serving and running inference on the given input with a custom MAR file:


  • n: Name of HuggingFace model
  • d: Absolute path of input data folder (Optional)
  • g: Number of gpus to be used to execute (Set 0 to use cpu)
  • f: NFS server address with share path information
  • m: Mount path to your nfs server to be used in the kube PV where model files and model archive file be stored
  • e: Name of the deployment metadata


To start Inference Server with codellama/CodeLlama-7b-hf:

bash $WORK_DIR/llm/ -n codellama_7b_hf -d data/qa -g 1 -e llm-deploy -f '' -m /mnt/llm