Run Gemma-7B Model on Google Colab for Free

3 min readFeb 28, 2024


What is Gemma?

Gemma is a family of 4 new LLM models by Google based on Gemini. It comes in two sizes: 2B and 7B parameters, each with base (pretrained) and instruction-tuned versions. All the variants can be run on various types of consumer hardware, even without quantization, and have a context length of 8K tokens

In this post, we will try to run Gemma on the Google Colab Free tier. To do that, we will need to use the quantized model since gemma-7b requires 18GB GPU RAM.


  • HuggingFace account
  • Google account

Step 1. Get access to Gemma

We can use Gemma with Transformers 4.38 but to do that first we need to get a grant to access the model.

Once you get a grant, you will see the below in the above page.

Step 2. Add HF_TOKEN to Google Colab

We need to add HF_TOKEN to Google Colab to access gemma via Transformers.

First we need to get a token from Huggingface.

Then click the key icon in the sidebar on Google Colab like below.

Step 3. Install packages

In this step, we will install 3 packages. The most important thing is that we need to use transformers v4.38.1 for Gemma.

!pip install -U "transformers==4.38.1" --upgrade
!pip install accelerate
!pip install -i bitsandbytes

Step 4. Write Python code to run Gemma

We can use gemma-7b model via transformers. T4 cannot run non-quantized model because of its GPU memory. (The requirement is 18GB)

from transformers import AutoTokenizer, pipeline
import torch

model = "google/gemma-7b-it"
# use quantized model
pipeline = pipeline(
"torch_dtype": torch.float16,
"quantization_config": {"load_in_4bit": True}

messages = [
{"role": "user", "content": "Tell me about ChatGPT"},
prompt = pipeline.tokenizer.apply_chat_template(messages, tokenize=False, add_generation_prompt=True)
outputs = pipeline(


The following is the result of the above code.
As you can see the output is wrong unfortunately. So, at this moment, Gemma is missing the latest data or not a good model. 🥲

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  • Natural Language Processing (NLP): ChatGPT is able to understand and generate human-like text, including code, scripts, poems, articles, and more.
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Additional Information:

  • Large Language Model: ChatGPT is a large language model, trained on a massive amount of text data, making it able to learn complex relationships and patterns.
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