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Meta’s latest innovation, Llama 2, is set to redefine the landscape of AI with its advanced capabilities and user-friendly features.

This groundbreaking AI open-source model promises to enhance how we interact with technology and democratize access to AI tools. Whether you’re an AI enthusiast, a seasoned developer, or a curious tech explorer, this guide will walk you through installing and using Llama 2.

What is Llama 2 and Why It Matters

This advanced artificial intelligence comprehends and generates human-like writing, enabling a wide range of applications, from creating content to customer support.

What differentiates Llama 2?

Its unmatched size enables sophisticated and contextually precise text production, pushing AI capabilities to new heights. Llama 2’s user-friendly design and extensive documentation make it accessible to anyone, from seasoned developers to newbies, allowing complex AI technologies to be used by a broader audience.

Furthermore, Meta’s dedication to openness democratizes AI by encouraging innovation and promoting transparency and responsibility in the AI sector.

Installing Llama 2

No matter if you have iOS or Windows, we got you covered:

For Apple devices

Here are the 7 lines of code to install it:

xcode-select –install # Make sure git & clang are installed

git clone https://github.com/ggerganov/llama.cpp.git

cd llama.cpp

curl -L https://huggingface.co/TheBloke/Llama-2-7B-Chat-GGML/resolve/main/llama-2-7b-chat.ggmlv3.q4_K_M.bin –output ./models/llama-2-7b-chat.ggmlv3.q4_K_M.bin


./main -m ./models/llama-2-7b-chat.ggmlv3.q4_K_M.bin -n 1024 -ngl 1 -p “Give me 5 things to do in NYC”

This code performs the following tasks:

  1. Installs git and clang if not already installed.

2. Clones the llama.cpp repository from GitHub.

3. Navigates to the cloned repository.

4. Downloads the pre-trained language model file (llama-2-7b-chat.ggmlv3.q4_K_M.bin) from the Hugging Face model hub and saves it in the “models” directory within the cloned repository.

5. Sets the environment variable “LLAMA_METAL” to 1.

6. Compiles the code using the “make” command.

7. Runs the compiled program “main” with specific command-line arguments: using the downloaded language model file (-m), generating 1024 tokens (-n), using 1 generated line of text (-ngl), and providing the prompt “Give me 5 things to do in NYC” (-p).

For Windows Devices

The models listed below are now available to you as a commercial license holder. The models are listed with the number of parameters. For example, 7b responds to 7 billion parameters.

These are the model weights available:

  • Llama-2-7b
  • Llama-2-7b-chat
  • Llama-2-13b
  • Llama-2-13b-chat
  • Llama-2-70b
  • Llama-2-70b-chat

How to download the models

  1. Visit the Llama repository in GitHub and read the instructions in README to run the download.sh script. Now we are ready to start.

2. To access the model weights and tokenizer, visit the Meta AI website and accept the License agreement.

After your request is approved, you’ll receive a signed URL via email.

To initiate the download, run the download.sh script and input the provided URL when prompted. Ensure that you copy the URL text itself, avoiding the ‘Copy link address’ option. Correctly copied URLs should start with: https://download.llamameta.net, while incorrect copies will begin with: https://l.facebook.com.

Then it will ask you to choose which model you want. Make sure to decide on one that suits your needs best and the device where you are installing it.

3. Before running the script, ensure you have wget and md5sum installed, which are prerequisites for the process. To execute the script, use the command: ./download.sh.

Note: Please be aware that the links have a 24-hour expiration period and a specific number of allowed downloads. If you encounter errors like 403: Forbidden, you can simply request a new link.

4. Access to Hugging Face:

Additionally, downloads are available on Hugging Face.

To gain access, kindly request a download from the Meta AI website using the same email address associated with your Hugging Face account. Once the request is made, you can access any of the models on Hugging Face, and within 1-2 days, your account will be granted access to all versions.

5. Setup

Inside a conda environment (make sure to have it installed) with PyTorch / CUDA available, clone the repository and execute it in the top-level directory:

pip install -e .

6. Inference

Various models necessitate distinct model-parallel (MP) values:

All models support a sequence length of up to 4096 tokens. However, Meta pre-allocated the cache based on max_seq_len and max_batch_size values, so ensure you set them appropriately according to your hardware capabilities.

Pretrained models

These models are not specifically fine-tuned for chat or Q&A. To obtain natural responses, they require appropriate prompts that lead to the desired answers.

For example scenarios, refer to the provided file example_text_completion.py. To demonstrate, use the following command to run it with the llama-2-7b model (ensure nproc_per_node is set to the MP value):

torchrun –nproc_per_node 1 example_text_completion.py \

    –ckpt_dir llama-2-7b/ \

    –tokenizer_path tokenizer.model \

    –max_seq_len 128 –max_batch_size 4

Fine-tuned chat models

The fine-tuned models were specialized for dialogue applications.

To ensure optimal performance and expected features, adhere to the specific formatting defined in chat_completion. This includes using the INST and <<SYS>> tags, BOS and EOS tokens, and maintaining appropriate white spaces and break lines (calling strip() on inputs is recommended to avoid double spaces).

For added safety, you can implement supplementary classifiers to filter out unsafe inputs and outputs. The llama-recipes repository provides an example of how to add a safety checker to your inference code for inputs and outputs.

Here are some examples using llama-2-7b-chat:

torchrun –nproc_per_node 1 example_chat_completion.py \

    –ckpt_dir llama-2-7b-chat/ \

    –tokenizer_path tokenizer.model \

    –max_seq_len 512 –max_batch_size 4 

Note: Llama 2 is an innovative technology that comes with inherent potential risks during its usage. While extensive testing has been conducted, it is important to acknowledge that it might not encompass all possible scenarios. To assist developers in handling these risks responsibly, Meta has developed a Responsible Use Guide.

An Overview of Its Capabilities

Llama 2 boasts a range of impressive capabilities that set it apart in the field of artificial intelligence.

Here’s an overview:

Advanced text generation

Llama 2 is designed to generate nuanced and contextually accurate text, making it useful for a wide array of applications.

High processing power

With its unprecedented processing power, it can comprehend and generate more complex and sophisticated language models than before.

User-friendly design

 It features an intuitive interface and comprehensive documentation, making it accessible to users of all experience levels.

Wide application range

 From content creation to customer service, Llama 2’s advanced capabilities make it a versatile tool for various applications.

Contribution to AI democratization

By providing public access to this tool, Meta is fostering innovation and promoting transparency and accountability in the AI field.

Online Version

Hugging Face has an online version, this is a free tool that allows you to interact with Llama 2 and see how it works. You can use Llama 2 here to try out different tasks, such as natural language understanding, natural language generation, and code generation.

This tool is similar to other large language models, such as ChatGPT and MedPalm2. However, there are some key differences: Llama 2 is trained on a larger dataset, which gives it a broader understanding of the world. It also has more parameters, which makes it more powerful.

Llama 2 in Action

Its advanced capabilities have found practical applications in numerous industries. Here are some real-world examples of how it can be used:

Customer service

Leveraging Llama 2, businesses can develop chatbots that engage customers naturally and provide prompt answers to their queries. This enhances customer satisfaction while reducing the cost of customer support.

Content generation

By utilizing Llama 2, businesses can produce personalized and creative content catering to their target audience’s specific needs. This strategic approach aids in attracting new customers and driving increased sales.

Software development

Llama 2 is capable of helping automate processes normally performed by software developers. This can free up developers’ time to work on more innovative and strategic projects.

Data analysis

It possesses the ability to analyze data and unveil elusive trends that may elude human observation. By leveraging this information, businesses can make more informed decisions concerning their products, services, and marketing strategies.

Machine learning

Serves as a valuable tool for training machine learning models that can learn from data and make accurate predictions. These models find applications in diverse areas, including fraud detection, product recommendations, and personalized marketing.

Tips and Tricks for Optimal Usage

Optimizing your use of Llama 2 can significantly enhance its performance and productivity. Here are some tips and tricks:

Understand the documentation

Thoroughly read the Llama 2 documentation before starting. It provides comprehensive insights into the model’s features and how to use them.

Define clear inputs

Ensure that your input is clear and specific. Llama 2’s performance is highly dependent on the quality of the input it receives.

Use fine-tuning

Utilize Llama 2’s fine-tuning capabilities for tasks that require high precision. This can improve the model’s accuracy and relevance.

Implement safety measures

Use safety mitigations provided by Meta to avoid potential misuse of the model, such as generating inappropriate or harmful content.

  • Leverage the Open-Source Community: Engage with the open-source community for troubleshooting, innovative ideas, and staying updated about the latest developments.
  • Experiment and Iterate: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different configurations and iterate based on the results. The more you explore, the better you understand the model’s capabilities.


Llama 2 is a resourceful tool that holds tremendous value for companies as it is open source, encouraging developers to test and improve its performance. With transparency at its core, companies can harness the collective talent to optimize Llama 2 according to their specific needs.

This versatile tool enhances customer service, generates content, and streamlines software development. By following the tips and tricks in this article, you can unlock the full potential of Llama 2 and tailor it precisely to your requirements. At Inclusion Cloud, we’re committed to helping businesses harness the power of AI. If you’re interested in learning more about how Llama 2 can help your business, please contact us. We look forward to helping you take your company to new heights!

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