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app gpt-cli

Run linux commands with natural language. Eg.: 'show my graphic card' instead 'lspci | grep VGA'

7 releases

0.1.0 Mar 4, 2023
0.0.20 Mar 22, 2023

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Gpt Cli

Linux terminal GPT3 integration with killer prompt that skip descriptions and other human-readable bullshit. It shows you commands that can be executed by ENTER.


You typing:

p show me my graphic cards

You will see:

lspci -k | grep -A 2 -E "(VGA|3D)"

After ENTER you will see

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Alder Lake-P Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
        Subsystem: CLEVO/KAPOK Computer Device 65f5
        Kernel driver in use: i915
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GA106M [GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile / Max-Q] (rev a1)
        Subsystem: CLEVO/KAPOK Computer Device 67f5
        Kernel driver in use: nvidia

More powerful every day

From v0.0.8 it supports context overriding. Default system context is

Imagine you are linux terminal command selector. I will describe task, and you will respond only using linux command, without description, without explanation.

Default postprocess mode is confirm. It shows answer and asking if it should be executed.

But you can use it in other use-cases. To translate texts:

GPT_SYSTEM_PROMPT="I am translator from polish to english. I need to translate this text." GPT_POST=copy p Witaj świecie

You can redirect it to file set these environment variables as permanent.

export GPT_SYSTEM_PROMPT="I am translator from polish to english. I need to translate this text."; export GPT_POST=out;

and then translate using:

p "$(cat polish.txt)" > english.txt

To back do default


Possible values:

  • GPT_SYSTEM_PROMPT - any string that will explain gpt3 how to behave.
    • confirm - default, will ask if execute output in terminal
    • copy - will copy your answer to terminal clipboard
    • out - will print answer on standard output - usefully for further processing


There are few options


wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/gustawdaniel/gpt-cli/main/install.sh | bash

it will save gpt-cli and alias p in /usr/local/bin so this is why it require sudo.


cargo install gpt-cli
ln -s ~/.cargo/bin/gpt-cli ~/.cargo/bin/p


alias p="docker run -v ~/.gpt-cache.json:/.gpt-cache.json -e GPT3_API_KEY=${GPT3_API_KEY} gustawdaniel/gpt-cli"

In Docker, you can't use flag GPT_POST and it is automatically set as out. It means that you can't confirm command by ENTER and commands will not be copied to your clipboard.

Complication from source

git clone https://github.com/gustawdaniel/gpt-cli && cd gpt-cli 
cargo build --release
sudo cp ./target/release/gpt-cli /usr/local/bin/p


Copy your GPT3_API_KEY to env variable. Your .profile, .bashrc, or .zshrc file.

export GPT3_API_KEY=sk-xxx

You'd need to enter your own OpenAI API key Here's how you can get one

  1. Go to https://openai.com/api/login
  2. Create an account or log into your existing account
  3. Go to https://platform.openai.com/account/api-keys or

Price: $0.002 per 1,000 tokens. Single command is about 50 tokens. So in price 1USD you have about 10.000 commands. Tools with model before gpt-3.5-turbo costs 10 times more.


what you typing in terminal answers you can execute by "ENTER"
show me graphic card lspci -k | grep -A 2 -E "(VGA|3D)"
jq command that join package name and version by dash jq '.name + "-" + .version'
three processes with highest ram usage ps aux --sort=-%mem | head -n 4
make backup of mysql db called docs mysqldump docs > docs_backup.sql
setup jest configured for typescript npm install --save-dev jest @types/jest ts-jest
generate ed keys openssl genpkey -algorithm ed25519 -out privatekey.key
show me content of Cargo.toml encoded as base64 base64 Cargo.toml
show me content of Cargo.toml encoded as base64 in single line cat Cargo.toml | base64 -w 0
show timer that will update every second watch -n 1 date +%T
range from 10 to 15 seq 10 15
replace all lines starting from "CFG_" to starting from "CONFIG_" in file env.conf sed -i 's/^CFG_/CONFIG_/g' env.conf
write one liner to detect emails in file grep -Eio '\b[A-Za-z0-9._%+-]+@A-Za-z0-9.-+.[A-Z|a-z]{2,}\b' filename
cron line to execute /bin/task every monday at 7pm 0 19 * * 1 /bin/task
run rusts tests one by one cargo test -- --test-threads=1
who i am and am i still needed whoami and yes, you are still needed. <-- hahah it is authentic gpt3 answer


  • Interactive commands
  • Colors
  • Real time stream
  • Overriding system context (GPT_SYSTEM_PROMPT env)
  • Confirm, Copy and Standard Output modes (GPT_POST env)
  • Easy to install (in progress)
    • compilation from source
    • install by bash like nvm
    • docker
    • snap
    • aur
    • apt
    • dnf


If commands contains export or $ it can't be correctly passed from child process to parent. So there is fallback applied and these commands are copied if you wanted to execute them by confirmation.


p change terminal language to english
Text 'export LANG=en_US.UTF-8' was copied to your clipboard

p show my current shell
Text 'echo $SHELL' was copied to your clipboard


Ofc GPT3 does not have sense of humor... so

p say mooo as cow that have colors of rainbow

will not work. Correct answer is

cowsay mooo | lolcat

and for

p show my train in terminal

answer is

Sorry, I do not understand. Can you please provide more details about what you want me to do?



Star History

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Stars was updated 14-03-2023

This project
Language rust
Easy to install no (wip)
Streaming yes
Stars 4
Release 13-03-2023
Last update 14-03-2023
Engine gpt-3.5-turbo
Goal save time for cli commands typing if you do not remember them
gpt3-cli https://github.com/CrazyPython/gpt3-cli
Language python
Easy to install medium
Streaming yes
Stars 50
Release 23-03-2021
Last update 22-04-2021
Engine all before gpt-3.5-turbo
Goal A lightweight command-line interface to OpenAI's GPT-3.
ai-cli https://github.com/abhagsain/ai-cli
Language typescript
Easy to install yes
Streaming no
Stars 935
Release 15-11-2022
Last update 09-12-2022
Engine all before gpt-3.5-turbo
Goal Get answers for CLI commands from GPT3 right from your terminal
heygpt https://github.com/fuyufjh/heygpt
Language rust
Easy to install yes
Streaming yes
Stars 40
Release 06-03-2023
Last update 12-03-2023
Engine gpt-3.5-turbo
Goal A simple common-line interface for ChatGPT API.
caos https://github.com/dabumana/caos
Language go
Easy to install no
Streaming no
Stars 5
Release 22-01-2023
Last update 13-03-2023
Engine all before gpt-3.5-turbo
Goal advanced, configurable conversational assistant for openai services
gptsh https://github.com/shorwood/gptsh
Language javascript
Easy to install yes
Streaming no
Stars 99
Release 27-12-2020
Last update 18-01-2022
Engine all before gpt-3.5-turbo
Goal translate natural language questions and requests into shell commands
rusty https://github.com/zahidkhawaja/rusty
Language rust
Easy to install no
Streaming no
Stars 272
Release 05-09-2022
Last update 07-02-2023
Engine text-davinci-003
Goal help you remember bash commands
cgpt https://github.com/MagicCube/cli-gpt
Language typescript
Easy to install yes
Streaming no
Stars 18
Release 07-03-2023
Last update 15-03-2023
Engine gpt-3.5-turbo
Goal Translate human language to command line using ChatGPT
linux-command-gpt https://github.com/asrul10/linux-command-gpt
Language go
Easy to install no
Streaming yes
Stars 54
Release 12-03-2023
Last update 19-03-2023
Engine gpt-3.5-turbo
Goal Get Linux commands in natural language with the power of ChatGPT.

GNU vs MUSL releases

During compilation, you can use static linking (musl) or dynamic (gnu). To use terminal-clipboard there is required need dynamic linking, but it works only on typical linuxes that uses libc. To make docker image small (12 MB) there is provided musl version.

So to be able to use all features (support for GPT_POST=copy), I recommend to use standard gnu but if you need docker or run it on alpine then use musl.


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