How To Setup And Use chatGPT In Linux Terminal


ChatGPT is taking the world by storm! Developed by OpenAI, this powerful AI chatbot offers human-like conversation skills and can generate remarkably coherent text on demand. As a Linux user, you can easily access ChatGPT directly from your terminal for a streamlined experience. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the quick and easy steps to get ChatGPT up and running on your Linux machine. Whether you want to automate tasks, get quick answers, or just have a fun conversation, using ChatGPT in the Linux terminal unlocks exciting possibilities. With just a simple installation and setup, you’ll be chatting with this advanced AI technology in no time. In this article, we will guide you through the process of setting up and using ChatGPT in a Linux terminal. Let’s start!

What is Linux?

Linux is a free and open source operating system based on the Unix operating system. It was created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, a computer science student in Finland, and has since become one of the most widely used operating systems in the world. Known for its stability, security and flexibility, Linux is used by many individuals, businesses and organizations as a reliable and efficient platform for their computing needs. Linux is also highly customizable, with a wide range of distributions (or “distros”) available that cater to different usage scenarios and preferences.

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Can you use ChatGPT in a Linux terminal?

Yes, you can use ChatGPT in a Linux terminal by following the steps below. Once you’ve set up the OpenAI API client and obtained your API key, you can use Python to interact with ChatGPT and generate text based on your prompts.

How to Setup and Use ChatGPT in Linux Terminal?

Step 1: Install Python 3

The first step is to ensure that Python 3 is installed on your Linux system. To check if Python 3 is installed, open your terminal and type the following command:

python3 --version

If you don’t have Python 3 installed, you can install it by typing the following command:

sudo apt-get install python3

Step 2: Install the required packages

Next, you need to install the Python packages that ChatGPT needs to run. One of the most essential packages is the OpenAI API package. You can install it using the following command:

pip3 install openai

Step 3: Set up OpenAI API credentials

To use ChatGPT, you need an OpenAI API key. If you don’t have an OpenAI account yet, go to and follow the instructions to create an account and generate an API key. Once you have your API key, you will need to set it in your terminal as an environment variable. To do this, open your terminal and type the following command:

export OPENAI_API_SECRET_KEY=<your API key here>

Alternatively, you can create a configuration file in the ChatGPT directory, as we will explain in the next step.

Step 4: Clone the ChatGPT repository

Next, you need to download the ChatGPT code. You can do this by cloning the ChatGPT repository from GitHub. To do this, open your terminal and type the following command:

git clone

This will download the ChatGPT code to your local computer.

Step 5: Set up the configuration file

In the ChatGPT directory, create a file called “.env” (without the quotes). This file contains your OpenAI API key and ChatGPT will automatically read it when it runs. To create the file, type the following command in your terminal:

touch .env

Then open the file in a text editor and add your API key to it as follows:


Save the file and close the text editor.

Step 6: Run ChatGPT

To start the ChatGPT program, run the command “python3” in the ChatGPT directory. You can then type prompts to start a conversation with ChatGPT.

That is it! You should now be able to use ChatGPT in your Linux terminal.

You can now start a Python REPL (Read-Eval-Print Loop) by issuing the command python3 command in your terminal.

In the Python REPL you can use the openai module and use the openai.Completion class to generate text with ChatGPT. Here’s an example:

import openai

# Set up the OpenAI API client
openai.api_key = os.environ["OPENAI_API_KEY"]

# Define the prompt
prompt = "Hello, my name is ChatGPT. What can I help you with today?"

# Generate text using ChatGPT
response = openai.Completion.create(

# Print the generated text

This will generate text using the Davinci engine and print it to the terminal. You can use the prompt, engine, max_tokens, temperatureand other parameters as needed to customize the generated text.

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Published on March 21, 2023. Updated on November 20, 2023.

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