1.0.9 • Public • Published

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A CLI that converts natural language to shell commands.

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Inspired by the GitHub Copilot X CLI, but open source for everyone.

AI Shell


The minimum supported version of Node.js is v14

  1. Install ai shell:

    npm install -g @builder.io/ai-shell
  2. Retrieve your API key from OpenAI

    Note: If you haven't already, you'll have to create an account and set up billing.

  3. Set the key so ai-shell can use it:

    ai config set OPENAI_KEY=<your token>

    This will create a .ai-shell file in your home directory.


ai <prompt>

For example:

ai list all log files

Then you will get an output like this, where you can choose to run the suggested command, revise the command via a prompt, or cancel:

◇  Your script:
│  find . -name "*.log"
◇  Explanation:
│  1. Searches for all files with the extension ".log" in the current directory and any subdirectories.
◆  Run this script?
│  ● ✅ Yes (Lets go!)
│  ○ 📝 Revise
│  ○ ❌ Cancel

Special characters

Note that some shells handle certain characters like the ? or * or things that look like file paths specially. If you are getting strange behaviors, you can wrap the prompt in quotes to avoid issues, like below:

ai 'what is my ip address'

Chat mode

Chat demo

ai chat

With this mode, you can engage in a conversation with the AI and receive helpful responses in a natural, conversational manner directly through the CLI:

┌  Starting new conversation
◇  You:
│  how do I serve a redirect in express
◇  AI Shell:

In Express, you can use the `redirect()` method to serve a redirect. The `redirect()` method takes one argument, which is the URL that you want to redirect to.

Here's an example:

app.get('/oldurl', (req, res) => {

Silent mode (skip explanations)

You can disable and skip the explanation section by using the flag -s or --silent

ai -s list all log files

or save the option as a preference using this command:

ai config set SILENT_MODE=true

Custom API endpoint

You can custom OpenAI API endpoint to set OPENAI_API_ENDPOINT(default: https://api.openai.com/v1

ai config set OPENAI_API_ENDPOINT=<your proxy endpoint>

Set Language

Language UI

The AI Shell's default language is English, but you can easily switch to your preferred language by using the corresponding language keys, as shown below:

Language Key
English en
Simplified Chinese zh-Hans
Traditional Chinese zh-Hant
Spanish es
Japanese jp
Korean ko
French fr
German de
Russian ru
Ukrainian uk
Vietnamese vi
Arabic ar
Portuguese pt
Turkish tr

For instance, if you want to switch to Simplified Chinese, you can do so by setting the LANGUAGE value to zh-Hans:

ai config set LANGUAGE=zh-Hans

This will set your language to Simplified Chinese.

Config UI

To use a more visual interface to view and set config options you can type:

ai config

To get an interactive UI like below:

◆  Set config:
│  ○ OpenAI Key
│  ○ OpenAI API Endpoint
│  ○ Silent Mode
│  ● Model (gpt-3.5-turbo)
│  ○ Language
│  ○ Cancel


Check the installed version with:

ai --version

If it's not the latest version, run:

npm update -g @builder.io/ai-shell

Or just use AI shell:

ai update

Common Issues

429 error

Some users are reporting a 429 from OpenAI. This is due to incorrect billing setup or excessive quota usage. Please follow this guide to fix it.

You can activate billing at this link. Make sure to add a payment method if not under an active grant from OpenAI.


I am not a bash wizard, and am dying for access to the copilot CLI, and got impatient.


If you want to help fix a bug or implement a feature in Issues (tip: look out for the help wanted label), checkout the Contribution Guide to learn how to setup the project.


  • Thanks to GitHub Copilot for their amazing tools and the idea for this
  • Thanks to Hassan and his work on aicommits which inspired the workflow and some parts of the code and flows


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