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About GPT-Engineer

Specify what you want it to build, the AI asks for clarification, and then builds it.

GPT Engineer is made to be easy to adapt, extend, and make your agent learn how you want your code to look. It generates an entire codebase based on a prompt.

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Project philosophy

  • Simple to get value
  • Flexible and easy to add new own “AI steps”. See steps.py.
  • Incrementally build towards a user experience of:

    1. high level prompting
    2. giving feedback to the AI that it will remember over time
  • Fast handovers back and forth between AI and human
  • Simplicity, all computation is “resumable” and persisted to the filesystem


Choose either stable or development.

For stable release:

  • pip install gpt-engineer

For development:

  • git clone git@github.com:AntonOsika/gpt-engineer.git
  • cd gpt-engineer
  • make install
  • source venv/bin/activate


With an api key that has GPT4 access run:

  • export OPENAI_API_KEY=[your api key]


  • Create an empty folder. If inside the repo, you can run:

    • cp -r projects/example/ projects/my-new-project
  • Fill in the main_prompt file in your new folder
  • Run: gpt-engineer projects/my-new-project


  • Check the generated files in projects/my-new-project/workspace


Implementing additional chain of thought prompting, e.g. Reflexion, should be able to make it more reliable and not miss requested functionality in the main prompt.

Contributors welcome! If you are unsure what to add, check out the ideas listed in the Projects tab in the GitHub repo.


You can specify the “identity” of the AI agent by editing the files in the identity folder.

Editing the identity, and evolving the main_prompt, is currently how you make the agent remember things between projects.

Each step in steps.py will have its communication history with GPT4 stored in the logs folder, and can be rerun with scripts/rerun_edited_message_logs.py.

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