Generate text from an image

This sample demonstrates how to use the Gemini model to generate text from an image.

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C#

Before trying this sample, follow the C# setup instructions in the Vertex AI quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Vertex AI C# API reference documentation.

To authenticate to Vertex AI, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for a local development environment.


using Google.Api.Gax.Grpc;
using Google.Cloud.AIPlatform.V1;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

public class GeminiQuickstart
{
    public async Task<string> GenerateContent(
        string projectId = "your-project-id",
        string location = "us-central1",
        string publisher = "google",
        string model = "gemini-1.0-pro-vision"
    )
    {
        // Create client
        var predictionServiceClient = new PredictionServiceClientBuilder
        {
            Endpoint = $"{location}-aiplatform.googleapis.com"
        }.Build();

        // Prompt
        string prompt = "What's in this photo";
        string imageUri = "gs://generativeai-downloads/images/scones.jpg";

        // Initialize request argument(s)
        var content = new Content
        {
            Role = "USER"
        };
        content.Parts.AddRange(new List<Part>()
        {
            new() {
                Text = prompt
            },
            new() {
                FileData = new() {
                    MimeType = "image/png",
                    FileUri = imageUri
                }
            }
        });

        var generateContentRequest = new GenerateContentRequest
        {
            Model = $"projects/{projectId}/locations/{location}/publishers/{publisher}/models/{model}",
            GenerationConfig = new GenerationConfig
            {
                Temperature = 0.4f,
                TopP = 1,
                TopK = 32,
                MaxOutputTokens = 2048
            }
        };
        generateContentRequest.Contents.Add(content);

        // Make the request, returning a streaming response
        using PredictionServiceClient.StreamGenerateContentStream response = predictionServiceClient.StreamGenerateContent(generateContentRequest);

        StringBuilder fullText = new();

        // Read streaming responses from server until complete
        AsyncResponseStream<GenerateContentResponse> responseStream = response.GetResponseStream();
        await foreach (GenerateContentResponse responseItem in responseStream)
        {
            fullText.Append(responseItem.Candidates[0].Content.Parts[0].Text);
        }

        return fullText.ToString();
    }
}

Go

Before trying this sample, follow the Go setup instructions in the Vertex AI quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Vertex AI Go API reference documentation.

To authenticate to Vertex AI, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for a local development environment.

import (
	"context"
	"encoding/json"
	"fmt"
	"io"

	"cloud.google.com/go/vertexai/genai"
)

var projectId = "PROJECT_ID"
var region = "us-central1"

func tryGemini(w io.Writer, projectId string, region string, modelName string) error {

	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := genai.NewClient(ctx, projectId, region)
	gemini := client.GenerativeModel(modelName)

	img := genai.FileData{
		MIMEType: "image/jpeg",
		FileURI:  "gs://generativeai-downloads/images/scones.jpg",
	}
	prompt := genai.Text("What is in this image?")
	resp, err := gemini.GenerateContent(ctx, img, prompt)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("error generating content: %w", err)
	}
	rb, _ := json.MarshalIndent(resp, "", "  ")
	fmt.Fprintln(w, string(rb))
	return nil
}

Java

Before trying this sample, follow the Java setup instructions in the Vertex AI quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Vertex AI Java API reference documentation.

To authenticate to Vertex AI, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for a local development environment.

import com.google.cloud.vertexai.VertexAI;
import com.google.cloud.vertexai.api.GenerateContentResponse;
import com.google.cloud.vertexai.generativeai.ContentMaker;
import com.google.cloud.vertexai.generativeai.GenerativeModel;
import com.google.cloud.vertexai.generativeai.PartMaker;
import java.io.IOException;

public class Quickstart {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
    // TODO(developer): Replace these variables before running the sample.
    String projectId = "your-google-cloud-project-id";
    String location = "us-central1";
    String modelName = "gemini-1.0-pro-vision";

    String output = quickstart(projectId, location, modelName);
    System.out.println(output);
  }

  // Analyzes the provided Multimodal input.
  public static String quickstart(String projectId, String location, String modelName)
      throws IOException {
    // Initialize client that will be used to send requests. This client only needs
    // to be created once, and can be reused for multiple requests.
    try (VertexAI vertexAI = new VertexAI(projectId, location)) {
      String imageUri = "gs://generativeai-downloads/images/scones.jpg";

      GenerativeModel model = new GenerativeModel(modelName, vertexAI);
      GenerateContentResponse response = model.generateContent(ContentMaker.fromMultiModalData(
          PartMaker.fromMimeTypeAndData("image/jpg", imageUri),
          "What's in this photo"
      ));

      return response.toString();
    }
  }
}

Node.js

Before trying this sample, follow the Node.js setup instructions in the Vertex AI quickstart using client libraries. For more information, see the Vertex AI Node.js API reference documentation.

To authenticate to Vertex AI, set up Application Default Credentials. For more information, see Set up authentication for a local development environment.

const {VertexAI} = require('@google-cloud/vertexai');

/**
 * TODO(developer): Update these variables before running the sample.
 */
async function createNonStreamingMultipartContent(
  projectId = 'PROJECT_ID',
  location = 'us-central1',
  model = 'gemini-1.0-pro-vision',
  image = 'gs://generativeai-downloads/images/scones.jpg',
  mimeType = 'image/jpeg'
) {
  // Initialize Vertex with your Cloud project and location
  const vertexAI = new VertexAI({project: projectId, location: location});

  // Instantiate the model
  const generativeVisionModel = vertexAI.getGenerativeModel({
    model: model,
  });

  // For images, the SDK supports both Google Cloud Storage URI and base64 strings
  const filePart = {
    fileData: {
      fileUri: image,
      mimeType: mimeType,
    },
  };

  const textPart = {
    text: 'what is shown in this image?',
  };

  const request = {
    contents: [{role: 'user', parts: [filePart, textPart]}],
  };

  console.log('Prompt Text:');
  console.log(request.contents[0].parts[1].text);

  console.log('Non-Streaming Response Text:');
  // Create the response stream
  const responseStream =
    await generativeVisionModel.generateContentStream(request);

  // Wait for the response stream to complete
  const aggregatedResponse = await responseStream.response;

  // Select the text from the response
  const fullTextResponse =
    aggregatedResponse.candidates[0].content.parts[0].text;

  console.log(fullTextResponse);
}

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