Llamalink - Ollama to LM Studio LLM Model Linker

Two of my most commonly used LLM tools are Ollama and LM Studio . Unfortunately they store their models in different locations and filenames. Manually copying or linking files was a pain, so I wrote a simple command-line tool to automate the process.

This is why I created Llamalink .

Ollama is a cross-platform model server that allows you to run LLMs and manage their models in a similar way to Docker containers and images, while LM Studio is a macOS app that provides a user-friendly interface for running LLMs.

I often use both applications to generate text, and I wanted a way to easily link Ollama models to LM Studio’s directory structure. This would make it convenient to use the models in both applications.

  • Retrieves the list of available Ollama models using the ollama list command.
  • Displays the list of models and allows the user to select specific models to link or link all models at once.
  • Retrieves the model path for each selected model using the ollama show –modelfile command.
  • Creates the necessary directories in the LM Studio directory structure.
  • Creates symlinks from the Ollama model paths to the corresponding LM Studio model paths.
  • Removes any existing symlinks before creating new ones to avoid conflicts.
  • Cleans up any broken symlinks in the LM Studio models directory.
  • Can be run interactively or non-interactively.

At the time of writing this, the llamalink command provides the following options:

  • -a Link all models without prompting for selection.
  • -ollama-dir Specify a custom Ollama models directory.
  • -lm-dir Specify a custom LM Studio models directory.
  • -min-size Include only models over the given size (in GB or MB).
  • -max-size Include only models under the given size (in GB or MB).
  • -q Quiet operation, only output an exit code at the end.
  • -no-cleanup Don’t cleanup broken symlinks.
  • -cleanup Remove all symlinked models and empty directories and exit.
  • -h Print the help message.

If no flags are provided, the program will run interactively.

go install github.com/sammcj/llamalink@latest

Ollama models directory: /Users/samm/.ollama/models
LM Studio models directory: /Users/samm/.cache/lm-studio/models

Select the models to link to LM Studio:
1. knoopx/hermes-2-pro-mistral:7b-q8_0
2. dolphincoder:15b-starcoder2-q4_K_M
3. llava:13b
4. nomic-embed-text:latest
5. qwen:14b
6. qwen:7b-chat-q5_K_M
7. stable-code:3b-code-q5_K_M
8. tinydolphin:1.1b-v2.8-q5_K_M

Enter the model numbers (comma-separated), or press Enter to link all: 3
Model: llava:34b-v1.6-q5_K_M
Path: /Users/samm/.ollama/models/blobs/sha256:4ddc7cc65a231db765ecf716d58ed3262e4496847eafcbcf80288fc2c552d9e6
LM Studio model directory: /Users/samm/.cache/lm-studio/models/llava/llava-34b-v1.6-q5-K-M-GGUF
Symlinked llava:34b-v1.6-q5_K_M to /Users/samm/.cache/lm-studio/models/llava/llava-34b-v1.6-q5-K-M-GGUF/llava-34b-v1.6-q5-K-M.gguf

I have open sourced the codebase under the MIT License and it is freely available for download both on GitHub and via the Go package manager.

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