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How to download and install Anything V3 (Stable Diffusion Anime Model)




Anything V3 is one of the most popular Stable Diffusion anime models, and for good reason.

It's a huge improvement over its predecessor, NAI Diffusion (aka NovelAI aka animefull), and is used to create every major anime model today.

In this guide I'll compare Anything V3 and NAI Diffusion.

Then I'll go over how you can download and run Anything V3 with AUTOMATIC1111, the most widely used Stable Diffusion user interface.

Let's get started!

A short history of Anything V3:

  • The NAI Diffusion anime model was leaked to the public in November 2022
  • There was a flurry of innovation as people created fine-tuned versions of NAI Diffusion that improved on content and style
  • Anything V3 was one the most popular models to come out of this period.

How does Anything V3 compare to NAI Diffusion?

Anything V3 is an improvement over NAI in almost every conceivable way. It has better details, composition, lighting effects and atmosphere.

But I was most impressed by the small things: eyes, hands, clothing folds come out with much better accuracy. Most often, these are the parts that come out messed up with other models.


The installation process takes less than 10 minutes, minus the download times. You'll need around 10GB of free space on your hard drive.

Before proceeding with installation, here are the recommended specs:

  • 16GB RAM
  • NVIDIA (GTX 7xx or newer) GPU with at least 2GB VRAM (AMD GPU will work, but NVIDIA is recommended)
  • Linux or Windows 7/8/10+ or Mac M1/M2 (Apple Silicon)
  • 10GB disk space (includes models)

1. Download model (links below)

Download a torrent client if you don’t have one already. I recommend qBittorrent (works for Windows/macOS/linux).

Anything V3 has two versions, they are called FP16 and FP32. The FP16 version will be more power-efficient (which only matters on mobile), and output files that are half the size. Otherwise I recommend the FP32 version.

Torrent magnet link for FP16 version (2.54 GB):


Torrent magnet link for FP32 version (4.38 GB):


Add the magnet links to your torrent client:

While the files are downloading in the background you can move on to the next step:

2. Download the WebUI

This is the user interface you will use to run the generations.

The most popular Stable Diffusion user interface is AUTOMATIC1111's Stable Diffusion WebUI. I've used a couple and I can see why: the developers are lightning fast and they keep on adding great features.

Here are the installation instructions for the WebUI depending on your platform:

3. Place the Model in the WebUI folder

After your files have finished downloading, place them both in the folder stable-diffusion-webui/models/Stable-diffusion.

Where stable-diffusion-webui is the folder of the WebUI you downloaded in the previous step.

Rename the model like so:

  • Anything-V3.0-pruned.ckpt -> Anything-V3.0.ckpt

Anything-V3.0.vae <- keep this filename the same.

You can rename these files whatever you want, as long as filename before the first "." is the same.

Since you will be placing all future models into this folder choose a descriptive name that helps you remember what this is.

4. Start the Web UI

  • Windows: double-click webui-user.bat to start
  • Linux: run to start
  • Mac: run the command ./ in terminal to start

You will know it's ready when you see the line Running on local URL:

Let's open up our web browser and go to this address:

AUTOMATIC1111's Stable Diffusion WebUI up and running

You'll notice at the top there's a toggle called "Stable Diffusion Checkpoint".

You can use this to switch to any model you have placed in the stable-diffusion-webui/models/Stable-diffusion folder.

Switch this to the Anything-V3.0 model.

If you put the model in the folder after you start the Web UI, you will need to restart the Web UI to see the model.

5. Generate!

Stuck for ideas? Check out the following prompt resources:

Prompting basics

  • Begin your prompts with masterpiece, best quality
  • Start with the following in the Negative prompts: lowres, bad anatomy, bad hands, text, error, missing fingers, extra digit, fewer digits, cropped, worst quality, low quality, normal quality, jpeg artifacts, signature, watermark, username, blurry, artist name
  • Use -1 in the seed field to randomize it, or specify a seed to ensure consistency across generations.

I've written some detailed prompt techniques to improve your image results. If you are using this guide, replace {} with (). Stable Diffusion uses () while the NovelAI website uses {}.

Models to try next

There are a couple of other great models you can try:

  • OrangeMix is a collection of models created by merging other models. BloodOrangeMix is quite popular in the Japanese SD community and very good quality.

Check this full list of anime models for more.

That's the article! Also check out:

The Big Book of Prompts: Midjourney V5 Lost Worlds

Endless hours and thousands of prompts of experimentation later... I’m happy to release the Midjourney V5 book:

  • 94-pages, 200+ prompts, and time saving techniques
  • Focus on fantasy and worldbuilding
  • Create high quality assets to use in games, concept art, and hobbies

11 thoughts on “How to download and install Anything V3 (Stable Diffusion Anime Model)”

  1. Thank you very much for the tutorial and this post, i have problem that is
    the download links not working for me : 404
    Entry not found
    and if i just go the files directory hugginface website
    i cant find any files with .ckpt or .pt extension

    • Hey Sam, it appears they have updated the download links (I can’t find the files either). I’ve added a direct download link in the article from MEGA. Thanks for the heads up.


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