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The ollama provider is compatible with Ollama, which enables access to Llama, Mixtral, Mistral, and more.

You can use its /api/generate endpoint by specifying any of the following providers from the Ollama library:

  • ollama:completion:llama3:text
  • ollama:completion:llama2:text
  • ollama:completion:llama2-uncensored
  • ollama:completion:codellama
  • ollama:completion:orca-mini
  • ...

Or, use the /api/chat endpoint for chat-formatted prompts:

  • ollama:chat:llama3
  • ollama:chat:llama3:8b
  • ollama:chat:llama3:70b
  • ollama:chat:llama2
  • ollama:chat:llama2:7b
  • ollama:chat:llama2:13b
  • ollama:chat:llama2:70b
  • ollama:chat:mixtral:8x7b
  • ollama:chat:mixtral:8x22b
  • ...

We also support the /api/embeddings endpoint via ollama:embeddings:<model name> for model-graded assertions such as similarity.

Supported environment variables:

  • OLLAMA_BASE_URL - protocol, host name, and port (defaults to http://localhost:11434)
  • OLLAMA_API_KEY - (optional) api key that is passed as the Bearer token in the Authorization Header when calling the API
  • REQUEST_TIMEOUT_MS - request timeout in milliseconds

To pass configuration options to Ollama, use the config key like so:

- id: ollama:llama2
num_predict: 1024

localhost and IPv4 vs IPv6

If locally developing with localhost (promptfoo's default), and Ollama API calls are failing with ECONNREFUSED, then there may be an IPv4 vs IPv6 issue going on with localhost. Ollama's default host uses, which is an IPv4 address. The possible issue here arises from localhost being bound to an IPv6 address, as configured by the operating system's hosts file. To investigate and fix this issue, there's a few possible solutions:

  1. Change Ollama server to use IPv6 addressing by running export OLLAMA_HOST=":11434" before starting the Ollama server. Note this IPv6 support requires Ollama version 0.0.20 or newer.
  2. Change promptfoo to directly use an IPv4 address by configuring export OLLAMA_BASE_URL="".
  3. Update your OS's hosts file to bind localhost to IPv4.

Evaluating models in serial

Many users don't have enough RAM to run all the models. The eval command includes an --interactive-providers option that runs evals on only 1 provider at a time:

promptfoo eval --interactive-providers

When you include this argument, the eval will prompt you when it's time to swap out the currently running model:

ollama eval model swap