How to download Llama-2, Mistral, Yi and Mixtral LLM?


the bloke repo downlaod section with list of mistral large language model

Since I’ve spent considerable time exploring the Hugging Face repositories, I’ve decided to put together a guide on downloading various Large Language Models (LLMs) based on their file formats. This guide is tailored for those looking to install and operate Llama-2, Mistral, Mixtral, or similar quantized large language models on their personal computer. It’s important to note that running these models requires robust hardware (Mac and PC) and specific inference software for loading and interacting with them.

GGUF Format

GGUF, crafted by Georgi Gerganov (creator of llama.cpp), is a binary format for AI models like LLaMA and Mistral. It’s great for fast loading and works well with Apple Silicon (M1/M2/M3 Mac models). Here’s how to get it:

Direct Download

  • Go to the TheBloke repo on Hugging Face and select GGUF model (e.g., TheBloke/dolphin-2.6-mistral-7B-GGUF).
  • Choose the right quantization for your hardware. (e.g., for an RTX 3060 12GB you can select the 8-bit version).
  • In ‘Files and Versions‘ tab, pick the model and click the download arrow next to it.
  • Save the file in your model directory

Command Line Download

Use wget in the terminal:


LM Studio Download

A highly convenient method for downloading models is through the software you’re using. LM Studio, for instance, features a search bar that enables you to easily download any GGUF model from Hugging Face. Simply type the model’s name into the search bar, select the desired model from the search results, and then click the download button next to the quantized version you require.


Ollama offers a similar functionality, but it operates through the command line. You can use the command:

ollama run mistral

This command triggers the download and loading of the model if it’s not already present locally. Ollama comes with a predefined set of models but also supports manually downloaded GGUF file models and use them with model file. This flexibility allows you to work with a wide range of models beyond those initially set in Ollama’s library.

Software for GGUF: llama.cpp, Ollama, LM Studio, GPT4All, Koboltcpp.

GPTQ Format

The GPTQ file format is structurally different from GGUF. Unlike GGUF, it isn’t comprised of a single file but rather a combination of files. Additionally, this format doesn’t offer a variety of quantizations; it exclusively supports 4-bit quantization. Models with weights quantized in this format are designed to be loaded solely on a GPU.

list of gptq model files with download buttons marked

Direct Download

Download with Git

Since every Hugging face model repo is a Git repository, you can totally use Git to download the models, which is pretty handy. Hoverer, you have to make sure you’ve got Git Large File Storage (LFS) installed before you go ahead and clone the repo. In my case I’ll use zephyr-7B-beta-GPTQ model as an example.

Check if you have Git LFS:

git lfs version

If you don’t have git-lfs you have to install it. On Windows download from the official site. For Linux and macOS use the package manager.

#Linux Debian/Ubuntu
sudo apt install git-lfs

brew install git-lfs

To download LLM model with Git do the following:

git lfs install
git clone

You can also download trough SSH:

git lfs install
git clone [email protected]:TheBloke/zephyr-7B-beta-GPTQ

Software for GPTQ: ExLlama, ExLlamaV2, vLLM, Aphrodite Engine.

EXL2 Format

EXL2 is an upgraded version of the GPTQ file format, developed by turboderp responsible for creating Exllama and ExllamaV2. In contrast to GPTQ, EXL2 is a faster and more optimized format, supporting a wider range of quantizations including 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8-bit. For those prioritizing inference speed, EXL2 stands out as the quickest file format, particularly for batch 1 inference.

list of exl2 model files with download buttons marked

Direct Download

  • Make a directory for the model.
  • Visit the LoneStriker’s repo and select exl2 model
  • Download all files under ‘Files and Versions’ tab.

Software for EXL2: ExLlamaV2

Download using Git

You can use the same Git method descript previously in the GPTQ section to download the model files. 

AWQ Format

AWQ is a 4-bit weight quantization method, faster and sometimes more accurate than GPTQ. To download:

Direct Download

  • Make a directory for the model.
  • Visit the TheBloke repo and select AWQ model
  • Download all files under ‘Files and Versions’ tab.

Download using Git

You can use the same Git method descript previously in the GPTQ section to download the model files. 

Software for AWQ: AutoAWQ, vLLM, Aphrodite Engine, Hugging Face TGI

Downloading Through Text Generation Web UI

For all formats, you can use Text Generation Web UI:

  • Go to the Model tab.
  • Enter the model’s repo/name in the first field (e.g., TheBloke/zephyr-7B-beta-GPTQ or  TheBloke/zephyr-7B-beta-GGUF).
  • For GGUF, also specify the quantization type in the second field.
  • Hit download, and wait for the model to download.
  • Use the model selector to load it.

For GPTQ, EXL2, and AWQ use the top form filed only

For GGUF model use both fields under ‘Download model or LoRA’

Hope this helps you get started with LLMs on your PC!