Face Swapping on RunDiffusion

Face Swapping on RunDiffusion
Me Faceswapped on my version of the MadHatter

Face Swapping with RunDiffusion: Installation and Model Management

Face swapping technology has revolutionized the way we manipulate images, providing creative and practical applications across various fields. However, due to recent changes, we can no longer host or automatically download the InSwapper_128 model. This guide will walk you through the necessary steps to install and manage your face swapping models manually, ensuring a seamless experience with RunDiffusion.

Understanding the Change

Due to licensing and commercial use restrictions, RunDiffusion cannot host or facilitate the automatic download of the InSwapper_128 model. If you intend to use this model commercially, it's essential to contact InsightFace directly for appropriate permissions and licensing. This change necessitates that users manually upload the required models to their storage drives for use during sessions.

Manual Installation of Face Swapping Models

To continue enjoying the benefits of face swapping on RunDiffusion, follow these steps to upload and manage your models manually:

  1. Downloading the Models:
    • Download the InSwapper_128 model or other preferred models. Ensure you comply with their licensing agreements, especially for commercial use.
  2. Uploading Models to RunDiffusion:
    • Access your RunDiffusion account and navigate to the storage section where you can manage your files. Launch a server app called "Files Only" and browse the file manager. Note for "Pay as you Go" accounts, your storage is wiped every 72 hours. Consider updating to Creators Club for permanent storage!
  3. Organizing Your Models:
    • Place the model in necessary folders based on the application you are using, simple drag and drop the model from your desktop:
      • For Reactor and Roop in Automatic1111: Upload the models to the models/roop folder.
      • For Facefusion stand alone app: Use the models/facefusion folder.
      • For ComfyUI: Store the models in the models/insightface folder.

Why We Can't Host the Models

The decision to cease hosting the InSwapper_128 model is driven by licensing constraints and the need to ensure compliance with intellectual property rights. By managing your own model storage, you retain control and responsibility, ensuring that you adhere to all licensing requirements.

Exploring Alternative Face Swapping Models

While InSwapper_128 is popular, there are several other face swapping models you can explore and utilize. Try booting the standalone Facefusion app, it has many other face swapping models to try. There are also open source efforts to create Faceswapping models on going.

Using Face Swapping Models in RunDiffusion

Once you have uploaded the models to the appropriate folders, you can seamlessly use them in your RunDiffusion sessions. Here’s a quick guide on how to utilize these models across different applications:

  1. Reactor and Roop:
    • To set up face swapping in Auto1111, boot up a server, install the Reactor extension from the Extensions tab, and ensure the Inswapper model is in the correct directory. Then, go to the Server Manager and click "Restart".
  2. Facefusion:
    • Place your models in the models/facefusion folder. Boot Facefusion and you should see the option in the Facefusion interface to select and apply the models to your images.
  3. ComfyUI:
    • Upload the models to the models/insightface folder. ComfyUI will detect the available models, allowing you to choose and apply them during your editing sessions. Load a workflow or node that utilizes Faceswap and see that the model is there.


By following these steps, you can continue to leverage the powerful capabilities of face swapping technology on RunDiffusion. The flexibility to upload and manage your models ensures that your creative and commercial projects can proceed without interruption. Always remember to comply with licensing requirements and reach out to InsightFace for commercial usage permissions.

For more detailed guides and troubleshooting tips, visit our RunDiffusion Learning Center. Explore articles like ComfyUI Basics and Animate Diff to enhance your RunDiffusion experience.

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Adam Stewart

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