We recommend using a lightweight Distribution (such as Xubuntu) but the installer should work fine on all Linux flavors.
- If you are using a Graphics card (which is highly recommended. Faceswapping on CPU is incredibly slow), then make sure your drivers are up to date.
- Download the Faceswap Installer
- Open up a terminal emulator, navigate to the download location then enter the following command as a normal user (do not execute this command as sudo or root):
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- The Faceswap Logo will display followed by some information. Make sure you read it thoroughly (specifically the part about user permissions on destination folders) then press Enter to continue.
Faceswap uses Conda as it handles the installation of all prerequisites (git, Cuda, Tensorflow etc) and contains them within their own environment, away from the rest of your system.
- If an existing Conda install is found you will be asked if you want to use it. You should select Yes. These next options will only be displayed if an existing Conda install was not found, or if you select No to using the existing Conda install.
- The default install location for Conda will be fine in 99% of cases. If you do wish to install it elsewhere, then make sure that:
- Your user has permissions to write to the location you select.
- There are no spaces in the location that you provide (this is a Conda limitation and is outside of our control).
- You will be asked if you want to add Conda to PATH. This is up to you, but it will make life easier if you say Yes. It basically means that you will have access to the `conda` command from the command line, and won't need to search for the executable inside the `miniconda3` folder. Hit Enter to select the default value or press n if you don't want Conda added to your path.
- Faceswap is run inside a "virtual environment". This is a Python environment that is kept separate from the rest of your system to avoid conflicts. The environment needs a name. The default should be fine, but if you have multiple installs then you will want to set a specific environment name here. NB: If an environment already exists with the name you select then it will be deleted (you will be notified if this will occur prior to commencing install). Press Enter to use the default `faceswap` or enter your preferred name here.
- The location that you want Faceswap installed to. The default will be fine in 99% of cases, but as with the Conda install, if you do select a different location, then make sure your user has permission to write to it. NB: If a folder pre-exists at the location given, then it will be deleted (you will be notified if this will occur prior to commencing install). Press Enter to use the default location or enter your preferred location here.
- Faceswap can be run on Nvidia or AMD GPUs or on CPU. The software it installs varies depending on what you select here, so make sure you select the correct option for your system. Enter 1 for Nvidia, 2 for AMD or 3 for CPU,
- Post Install Actions
- If you are running a Desktop Environment you will be given the option to create a Desktop shortcut to enter the GUI. This makes opening Faceswap a lot easier, so unless you have a good reason not to, you should select Y here.
- Finally you will be able to review your options. If you are happy press Y to proceed with the install, or press Enter to abort.
- The installer will proceed to download the resources it needs from the internet and install as per your options. After a period of time Faceswap installation will complete and you will be ready to launch.