What would you like to see?

“Paint me an iguana wearing a red hat surfing a wave by Van Gogh”

Stable Diffusion on your Mac in 1 click

CHARL-E packages Stable Diffusion into a simple app. No complex setup, dependencies, or internet required — just download and say what you want to see.

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M1 or M2 Mac required.

Write a prompt and watch it come to life *

All these images were created with Stable Diffusion. And now, you can run it yourself.

* Not literally



Get Stable Diffusion running in minutes.

  1. Automatically Download Weights

    CHARL-E will automatically download weights for you, but you can also provide your own.

  2. Configure the Model

    If you want, configure your sampler (ddim or plms), image number, seeds, weights, and where to save your image. More options coming soon.

  3. Generate an Image

    You can generate an image with a single click. CHARL-E will automatically download the image for you. Nothing is sent to our servers and everything runs locally—no internet required.

  4. Gallery Mode

    See all your creations in one place. Click any image to see the full size version.


CHARL-E is the easiest way to get started with Stable Diffusion.

  1. Super simple UI

    Enter a prompt and press enter, and then CHARL-E will do the rest.

  2. 1 click

    One click download

    No python scripts, no command line. Just one click and you’re ready to go.

  3. 🔒

    Private and offline

    Once you run the initial install, CHARL-E can run fully offline. Nothing is sent to our servers. Everything is open source on GitHub.

Frequently asked questions

If this doesn't help, reach out to me at choltz@hey.com.

What is Stable Diffusion?
The technical answer: it's a latent text-to-image diffusion model. The English answer: its a new AI model that lets you create images from natural language. If you've heard of DALL-E, it's like that but open source.
What's the difference between the two downloads? What is no weights?
The normal download contains "training weights" for the CHARL-E model to run. If you want a smaller download, install the no weights version and add your weights directory in the options menu.
Who are you?
My name is Charlie Holtz. I live in NYC and work in quantitative finance. You can learn more about me on my website: charlieholtz.com
Why is this running so slow?
Improvements are being made in the Stable Diffusion community every day. I'm working on a couple ways to make it faster - stay tuned.
Will this be available on Intel Macs?
Yep, I'm working on making it compatible with older Macs. Sign up for the newsletter to be notified when it's ready.
How can I stay updated?
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Download CHARL-E for free.

Run Stable Diffusion on your Mac.