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How to Install ShellGPT on an Ubuntu Server and Docker Container


ShellGPT is a tool that allows users to interact with the ChatGPT AI chatbot in their Linux terminal. This program is powered by OpenAI’s GPT large language model and provides users with intelligent suggestions, recommendations, and even the ability to execute shell commands based on text input.

The machine learning capabilities of ShellGPT enable it to improve its accuracy over time as it learns from user interactions. With the integration of ChatGPT into the command line, users can save time and reduce errors by relying on the chatbot to perform tasks that would typically require them to enter long or complex Linux Terminal commands.

Use cases for ChatGPT on Linux

ChatGPT can be very useful on Linux as it provides users with a powerful and flexible tool for interacting with their system. The integration of ChatGPT into the Linux terminal through ShellGPT allows users to streamline their workflow, save time, and reduce errors by leveraging the chatbot’s natural language processing capabilities.

There are several potential use cases for ChatGPT on Linux, including:

  1. Assistance with troubleshooting: Users can interact with ChatGPT to help diagnose and solve technical issues they may encounter while using Linux. The chatbot can provide suggestions for resolving problems and help users navigate the command line.
  2. Automating tasks: With ShellGPT, users can execute shell commands and automate various tasks on their Linux machine, such as scheduling backups, updating software packages, and more.
  3. Learning Linux: ChatGPT can assist users in learning Linux commands and syntax, providing them with instant feedback and recommendations based on their input.
  4. Simplifying workflows: By integrating ChatGPT into their Linux terminal, users can streamline their workflow and save time by automating repetitive tasks or getting assistance with complex commands.
  5. Accessing information: ChatGPT can help users quickly access information on Linux-related topics, such as command syntax, system configuration, and more.

Overall, ChatGPT can serve as a valuable tool for Linux users, providing them with intelligent suggestions, recommendations, and assistance in various tasks and workflows.


To follow this toturial, you will need the following:

  • A server with Ubuntu 20.04 installed. You can install Ubuntu on a VPS, Dedicated Server or Bare Metal Server with GPU from the VelociHOST website.
  • A sudo non-root user or direct root user access.
  • The server’s firewall must allow SSH and HTTP(S) traffic.

Steps to install ShellGPT on an Ubuntu server:

1. Install Python3 and pip3 if they are not already installed on your Ubuntu server. You can do this by running the following command:

					   sudo apt-get update
   sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip

2. Install the dependencies required by ShellGPT. You can do this by running the following command:

					sudo apt-get install curl git wget tar bzip2 gzip unzip python3-dev build-essential


3. Install the latest version of Docker by running the following command:

					curl -fsSL -o
sudo sh


4. Add your user to the docker group so that you can run Docker commands without using sudo:

					sudo usermod -aG docker ${USER}

5. Log out and log back in to apply the changes to your user’s groups.

6. Clone the ShellGPT repository:

					git clone

7. Change into the ShellGPT directory:

					cd shellgpt

8. Build the Docker image:

					sudo docker build -t shellgpt .

9. Run the Docker container:

					sudo docker run --rm -it -v $(pwd):/src shellgpt

10. You should now be inside the Docker container’s shell. You can generate code and scripts using the GPT language model by running the script:



That’s it! You now have ShellGPT installed on your Ubuntu server and can start using it to generate code and scripts in the terminal. ChatGPT is a powerful and flexible tool that leverages cutting-edge NLP technology to provide intelligent and contextually relevant responses to user input, making it a valuable resource for a variety of applications and industries. You can now interact with the AI chatbot within the Linux terminal.

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