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fabric is an open-source framework for augmenting humans using AI.

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May 23, 2024 — We will be switching Fabric to Go in a few weeks to avoid all the installation issues with Python. The Go version will be dead-simple to install and will be even faster. Plus easier to update. We already have it working thanks to the heroic efforts of @xssdoctor, and we're just working on testing now! Stay tuned for more info on the release date!

Introduction video by Network Chuck!

This is a brilliant video by Network Chuck that goes over why he's started using Fabric for all things AI. He talks about the spirit of the project, how to install it, and how he uses it, and he just generally articulates the spirit of what we're doing here SO WELL. Thanks to Chuck for this!


What and why

Since the start of 2023 and GenAI we've seen a massive number of AI applications for accomplishing tasks. It's powerful, but it's not easy to integrate this functionality into our lives.

In other words, AI doesn't have a capabilities problem—it has an integration problem.

Fabric was created to address this by enabling everyone to granularly apply AI to everyday challenges.


AI isn't a thing; it's a magnifier of a thing. And that thing is human creativity.

We believe the purpose of technology is to help humans flourish, so when we talk about AI we start with the human problems we want to solve.

Breaking problems into components

Our approach is to break problems into individual pieces (see below) and then apply AI to them one at a time. See below for some examples.


Too many prompts

Prompts are good for this, but the biggest challenge I faced in 2023——which still exists today—is the sheer number of AI prompts out there. We all have prompts that are useful, but it's hard to discover new ones, know if they are good or not, and manage different versions of the ones we like.

One of fabric's primary features is helping people collect and integrate prompts, which we call Patterns, into various parts of their lives.

Fabric has Patterns for all sorts of life and work activities, including:

  • Extracting the most interesting parts of YouTube videos and podcasts.
  • Writing an essay in your own voice with just an idea as an input.
  • Summarizing opaque academic papers.
  • Creating perfectly matched AI art prompts for a piece of writing.
  • Rating the quality of content to see if you want to read/watch the whole thing.
  • Getting summaries of long, boring content.
  • Explaining code to you.
  • Turning bad documentation into usable documentation.
  • Creating social media posts from any content input.
  • And a million more…

Our approach to prompting

Fabric Patterns are different than most prompts you'll see.

  • First, we use Markdown to help ensure maximum readability and editability. This not only helps the creator make a good one, but also anyone who wants to deeply understand what it does. Importantly, this also includes the AI you're sending it to!

Here's an example of a Fabric Pattern
  • Next, we are extremely clear in our instructions, and we use the Markdown structure to emphasize what we want the AI to do, and in what order.

  • And finally, we tend to use the System section of the prompt almost exclusively. In over a year of being heads-down with this stuff, we've just seen more efficacy from doing that. If that changes, or we're shown data that says otherwise, we will adjust.


The most feature-rich way to use Fabric is to use the fabric client, which can be found under /client directory in this repository.

Required Python Version

Ensure you have at least python3.10 installed on your operating system. Otherwise, when you attempt to run the pip install commands, the project will fail to build due to certain dependencies.

Setting up the fabric commands

Follow these steps to get all fabric-related apps installed and configured.

  1. Navigate to where you want the Fabric project to live on your system in a semi-permanent place on your computer.
# Find a home for Fabric
cd /where/you/keep/code
  1. Clone the project to your computer.
# Clone Fabric to your computer
git clone
  1. Enter Fabric's main directory.
# Enter the project folder (where you cloned it)
cd fabric
  1. Install pipx:


brew install pipx


sudo apt install pipx


Use WSL and follow the Linux instructions.

  1. Install fabric:
pipx install .
  1. Run setup:
fabric --setup
  1. Restart your shell to reload everything.

  2. Now you are up and running! You can test by running the help.

# Making sure the paths are set up correctly
fabric --help


If you're using the server functions, fabric-api and fabric-webui need to be run in distinct terminal windows.


To update Fabric, run the following commands.

# From the fabric directory
pipx install . --force
fabric --update

Then restart your shell.

Using the fabric client

If you want to use it with OpenAI API-compatible inference servers, such as FastChat, Helmholtz Blablador, LM Studio and others, simply export the following environment variables:

  • export OPENAI_BASE_URL=https://YOUR-SERVER:8000/v1/

And if your server needs authentication tokens, as Blablador does, you export the token the same way you would with OpenAI:


Once you have it all set up, here's how to use it:

  1. Check out the options fabric -h
usage: fabric -h
usage: fabric [-h] [--text TEXT] [--copy] [--agents] [--output [OUTPUT]] [--session [SESSION]] [--gui] [--stream] [--list] [--temp TEMP] [--top_p TOP_P] [--frequency_penalty FREQUENCY_PENALTY]
              [--presence_penalty PRESENCE_PENALTY] [--update] [--pattern PATTERN] [--setup] [--changeDefaultModel CHANGEDEFAULTMODEL] [--model MODEL] [--listmodels]
              [--remoteOllamaServer REMOTEOLLAMASERVER] [--context]

An open-source framework for augmenting humans using AI.

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --text TEXT, -t TEXT  Text to extract summary from
  --copy, -C            Copy the response to the clipboard
  --agents, -a          Use praisonAI to create an AI agent and then use it. ex: 'write me a movie script'
  --output [OUTPUT], -o [OUTPUT]
                        Save the response to a file
  --session [SESSION], -S [SESSION]
                        Continue your previous conversation. Default is your previous conversation
  --gui                 Use the GUI (Node and npm need to be installed)
  --stream, -s          Use this option if you want to see the results in realtime. NOTE: You will not be able to pipe the output into another command.
  --list, -l            List available patterns
  --temp TEMP           sets the temperature for the model. Default is 0
  --top_p TOP_P         set the top_p for the model. Default is 1
  --frequency_penalty FREQUENCY_PENALTY
                        sets the frequency penalty for the model. Default is 0.1
  --presence_penalty PRESENCE_PENALTY
                        sets the presence penalty for the model. Default is 0.1
  --update, -u          Update patterns.
  --pattern PATTERN, -p PATTERN
                        The pattern (prompt) to use
  --setup               Set up your fabric instance
  --changeDefaultModel CHANGEDEFAULTMODEL
                        Change the default model. For a list of available models, use the --listmodels flag.
  --model MODEL, -m MODEL
                        Select the model to use
  --listmodels          List all available models
  --remoteOllamaServer REMOTEOLLAMASERVER
                        The URL of the remote ollamaserver to use. ONLY USE THIS if you are using a local ollama server in a non-default location or port
  --context, -c         Use Context file ( to add context to your pattern

Example commands

The client, by default, runs Fabric patterns without needing a server (the Patterns were downloaded during setup). This means the client connects directly to OpenAI using the input given and the Fabric pattern used.

  1. Run the summarize Pattern based on input from stdin. In this case, the body of an article.
pbpaste | fabric --pattern summarize
  1. Run the analyze_claims Pattern with the --stream option to get immediate and streaming results.
pbpaste | fabric --stream --pattern analyze_claims
  1. Run the extract_wisdom Pattern with the --stream option to get immediate and streaming results from any Youtube video (much like in the original introduction video).
yt --transcript | fabric --stream --pattern extract_wisdom
  1. new All of the patterns have been added as aliases to your bash (or zsh) config file
pbpaste | analyze_claims --stream


More examples coming in the next few days, including a demo video!

Just use the Patterns


If you're not looking to do anything fancy, and you just want a lot of great prompts, you can navigate to the /patterns directory and start exploring!

We hope that if you used nothing else from Fabric, the Patterns by themselves will make the project useful.

You can use any of the Patterns you see there in any AI application that you have, whether that's ChatGPT or some other app or website. Our plan and prediction is that people will soon be sharing many more than those we've published, and they will be way better than ours.

The wisdom of crowds for the win.

Create your own Fabric Mill


But we go beyond just providing Patterns. We provide code for you to build your very own Fabric server and personal AI infrastructure!


Fabric is themed off of, well… fabric—as in…woven materials. So, think blankets, quilts, patterns, etc. Here's the concept and structure:


The Fabric ecosystem has three primary components, all named within this textile theme.

  • The Mill is the (optional) server that makes Patterns available.
  • Patterns are the actual granular AI use cases (prompts).
  • Stitches are chained together Patterns that create advanced functionality (see below).
  • Looms are the client-side apps that call a specific Pattern hosted by a Mill.


One of the coolest parts of the project is that it's command-line native!

Each Pattern you see in the /patterns directory can be used in any AI application you use, but you can also set up your own server using the /server code and then call APIs directly!

Once you're set-up, you can do things like:

# Take any idea from `stdin` and send it to the `/write_essay` API!
echo "An idea that coding is like speaking with rules." | write_essay

Directly calling Patterns

One key feature of fabric and its Markdown-based format is the ability to directly reference (and edit) individual Patterns directly—on their own—without any surrounding code.

As an example, here's how to call the direct location of the extract_wisdom pattern.

This means you can cleanly, and directly reference any pattern for use in a web-based AI app, your own code, or wherever!

Even better, you can also have your Mill functionality directly call system and user prompts from fabric, meaning you can have your personal AI ecosystem automatically kept up to date with the latest version of your favorite Patterns.

Here's what that looks like in code:
# /extwis
@app.route("/extwis", methods=["POST"])
@auth_required  # Require authentication
def extwis():
    data = request.get_json()

    # Warn if there's no input
    if "input" not in data:
        return jsonify({"error": "Missing input parameter"}), 400

    # Get data from client
    input_data = data["input"]

    # Set the system and user URLs
    system_url = ""
    user_url = ""

    # Fetch the prompt content
    system_content = fetch_content_from_url(system_url)
    user_file_content = fetch_content_from_url(user_url)

    # Build the API call
    system_message = {"role": "system", "content": system_content}
    user_message = {"role": "user", "content": user_file_content + "\n" + input_data}
    messages = [system_message, user_message]
        response =
        assistant_message = response.choices[0].message.content
        return jsonify({"response": assistant_message})
    except Exception as e:
        return jsonify({"error": str(e)}), 500


Here's an abridged output example from the extract_wisdom pattern (limited to only 10 items per section).

# Paste in the transcript of a YouTube video of Riva Tez on David Perrel's podcast
pbpaste | extract_wisdom

The content features a conversation between two individuals discussing various topics, including the decline of Western culture, the importance of beauty and subtlety in life, the impact of technology and AI, the resonance of Rilke's poetry, the value of deep reading and revisiting texts, the captivating nature of Ayn Rand's writing, the role of philosophy in understanding the world, and the influence of drugs on society. They also touch upon creativity, attention spans, and the importance of introspection.


1. Western culture is perceived to be declining due to a loss of values and an embrace of mediocrity.
2. Mass media and technology have contributed to shorter attention spans and a need for constant stimulation.
3. Rilke's poetry resonates due to its focus on beauty and ecstasy in everyday objects.
4. Subtlety is often overlooked in modern society due to sensory overload.
5. The role of technology in shaping music and performance art is significant.
6. Reading habits have shifted from deep, repetitive reading to consuming large quantities of new material.
7. Revisiting influential books as one ages can lead to new insights based on accumulated wisdom and experiences.
8. Fiction can vividly illustrate philosophical concepts through characters and narratives.
9. Many influential thinkers have backgrounds in philosophy, highlighting its importance in shaping reasoning skills.
10. Philosophy is seen as a bridge between theology and science, asking questions that both fields seek to answer.


1. "You can't necessarily think yourself into the answers. You have to create space for the answers to come to you."
2. "The West is dying and we are killing her."
3. "The American Dream has been replaced by mass-packaged mediocrity porn, encouraging us to revel like happy pigs in our own meekness."
4. "There's just not that many people who have the courage to reach beyond consensus and go explore new ideas."
5. "I'll start watching Netflix when I've read the whole of human history."
6. "Rilke saw beauty in everything... He sees it's in one little thing, a representation of all things that are beautiful."
7. "Vanilla is a very subtle flavor... it speaks to sort of the sensory overload of the modern age."
8. "When you memorize chapters [of the Bible], it takes a few months, but you really understand how things are structured."
9. "As you get older, if there's books that moved you when you were younger, it's worth going back and rereading them."
10. "She [Ayn Rand] took complicated philosophy and embodied it in a way that anybody could resonate with."


1. Avoiding mainstream media consumption for deeper engagement with historical texts and personal research.
2. Regularly revisiting influential books from youth to gain new insights with age.
3. Engaging in deep reading practices rather than skimming or speed-reading material.
4. Memorizing entire chapters or passages from significant texts for better understanding.
5. Disengaging from social media and fast-paced news cycles for more focused thought processes.
6. Walking long distances as a form of meditation and reflection.
7. Creating space for thoughts to solidify through introspection and stillness.
8. Embracing emotions such as grief or anger fully rather than suppressing them.
9. Seeking out varied experiences across different careers and lifestyles.
10. Prioritizing curiosity-driven research without specific goals or constraints.


1. The West is perceived as declining due to cultural shifts away from traditional values.
2. Attention spans have shortened due to technological advancements and media consumption habits.
3. Rilke's poetry emphasizes finding beauty in everyday objects through detailed observation.
4. Modern society often overlooks subtlety due to sensory overload from various stimuli.
5. Reading habits have evolved from deep engagement with texts to consuming large quantities quickly.
6. Revisiting influential books can lead to new insights based on accumulated life experiences.
7. Fiction can effectively illustrate philosophical concepts through character development and narrative arcs.
8. Philosophy plays a significant role in shaping reasoning skills and understanding complex ideas.
9. Creativity may be stifled by cultural nihilism and protectionist attitudes within society.
10. Short-term thinking undermines efforts to create lasting works of beauty or significance.


1. Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry
2. Netflix
3. Underworld concert
4. Katy Perry's theatrical performances
5. Taylor Swift's performances
6. Bible study
7. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
8. Robert Pirsig's writings
9. Bertrand Russell's definition of philosophy
10. Nietzsche's walks

Custom Patterns

You can also use Custom Patterns with Fabric, meaning Patterns you keep locally and don't upload to Fabric.

One possible place to store them is ~/.config/custom-fabric-patterns.

Then when you want to use them, simply copy them into ~/.config/fabric/patterns.

cp -a ~/.config/custom-fabric-patterns/* ~/.config/fabric/patterns/

Now you can run them with:

pbpaste | fabric -p your_custom_pattern


NEW FEATURE! We have incorporated PraisonAI into Fabric. This feature creates AI agents and then uses them to perform a task.

echo "Search for recent articles about the future of AI and write me a 500-word essay on the findings" | fabric --agents

This feature works with all OpenAI and Ollama models but does NOT work with Claude. You can specify your model with the -m flag.

For more information about this amazing project, please visit

Helper Apps

These are helper tools to work with Fabric. Examples include things like getting transcripts from media files, getting metadata about media, etc.

yt (YouTube)

yt is a command that uses the YouTube API to pull transcripts, pull user comments, get video duration, and other functions. It's primary function is to get a transcript from a video that can then be stitched (piped) into other Fabric Patterns.

usage: yt [-h] [--duration] [--transcript] [url]

vm (video meta) extracts metadata about a video, such as the transcript and the video's duration. By Daniel Miessler.

positional arguments:
  url           YouTube video URL

  -h, --help    Show this help message and exit
  --duration    Output only the duration
  --transcript  Output only the transcript
  --comments    Output only the user comments

ts (Audio transcriptions)

'ts' is a command that uses the OpenAI Whisper API to transcribe audio files. Due to the context window, this tool uses pydub to split the files into 10 minute segments. for more information on pydub, please refer


brew install ffmpeg

apt install ffmpeg

download instructions
ts -h
usage: ts [-h] audio_file

Transcribe an audio file.

positional arguments:
  audio_file  The path to the audio file to be transcribed.

  -h, --help  show this help message and exit


save is a "tee-like" utility to pipeline saving of content, while keeping the output stream intact. Can optionally generate "frontmatter" for PKM utilities like Obsidian via the "FABRIC_FRONTMATTER" environment variable

If you'd like to default variables, set them in ~/.config/fabric/.env. FABRIC_OUTPUT_PATH needs to be set so save where to write. FABRIC_FRONTMATTER_TAGS is optional, but useful for tracking how tags have entered your PKM, if that's important to you.


usage: save [-h] [-t, TAG] [-n] [-s] [stub]

save: a "tee-like" utility to pipeline saving of content, while keeping the output stream intact. Can optionally generate "frontmatter" for PKM utilities like Obsidian via the
"FABRIC_FRONTMATTER" environment variable

positional arguments:
  stub                stub to describe your content. Use quotes if you have spaces. Resulting format is by default

  -h, --help          show this help message and exit
  -t, TAG, --tag TAG  add an additional frontmatter tag. Use this argument multiple timesfor multiple tags
  -n, --nofabric      don't use the fabric tags, only use tags from --tag
  -s, --silent        don't use STDOUT for output, only save to the file


echo test | save --tag extra-tag stub-for-name

$ cat ~/obsidian/Fabric/
generation_date: 2024-03-02 10:43
tags: fabric-extraction stub-for-name extra-tag



Special thanks to the following people for their inspiration and contributions!

  • Caleb Sima for pushing me over the edge of whether to make this a public project or not.
  • Joel Parish for super useful input on the project's Github directory structure.
  • Jonathan Dunn for spectacular work on the soon-to-be-released universal client.
  • Joseph Thacker for the idea of a -c context flag that adds pre-created context in the ./config/fabric/ directory to all Pattern queries.
  • Jason Haddix for the idea of a stitch (chained Pattern) to filter content using a local model before sending on to a cloud model, i.e., cleaning customer data using llama2 before sending on to gpt-4 for analysis.
  • Dani Goland for enhancing the Fabric Server (Mill) infrastructure by migrating to FastAPI, breaking the server into discrete pieces, and Dockerizing the entire thing.
  • Andre Guerra for simplifying installation by getting us onto Poetry for virtual environment and dependency management.

Primary contributors

fabric was created by Daniel Miessler in January of 2024.

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