Pandorabots command line interface
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Pandorabots CLI

The Pandorabots CLI allows you to manage and interact with your AIaaS applications straight from the command line.

Please read the documentation for further information regarding naming conventions and file types.

Note: You will need both a user_key and app_id, which you can register for at the Pandorabots Developer Portal.


The CLI is available as a node.js module, via npm.

$ npm install -g pb-cli

You should now be able to run the CLI by typing either pandorabots or pb in the command line.


The CLI introduces the concept of the bot configuration file, chatbot.json. This file stores information like your app_id, user_key and botname:

  app_id: ********,
  user_key: *******,
  botname: ********,
  hostname: ********

Running any of the commands from within a directory containing a chatbot.json file will automatically add your configured parameters to the API call:

$ pb list

You can create this file manually, or, use the init command to be guided through the process:

$ pb init
app_id? (required) *********
user_key? (required) ********
botname? (recommended) ********
hostname? (optional) ******

The hostname field is optional, and will default to

Run tests

The test directory contains a shell script to test the CLI. You must first run pb init here to create a configuration, then run:

$ ./



  • pb init: creates a configuration file (overwrites any existing chatbot.json files in the same directory)

  • pb list: list all bots associated with a particular app_id

Bot management

  • pb compile: compiles a bot

  • pb create: creates a new bot on the server

  • pb delete: deletes a bot on the server

  • pb talk <input>: send a message to a bot and print the response

  • pb chat: enter a REPL-stype chat mode with a bot (added in version 1.0.3)

File management

  • pb download <file>: download a particular file from the server

  • pb get: list all files associated with a bot (use --all to download all files as a .zip)

  • pb pull: download all files associated with a bot (unzipped, avoid using this with large bots)

  • pb push <path>: upload all bot files given the path to a directory. Path is can be absolute, or relative to where the chatbot.json file is stored. Omitting the path will push all bot files in the current directory.

  • pb remove <file>: delete a bot file from the server

  • pb upload <file>: upload a bot file


You can add flags to certain commands to override information stored in chatbot.json.

For example, if I want to talk to a bot that has a different name than the one stored in the configuration file, we can override it by including the --botname <botname> flag:

$ pb talk --botname alice Hello!

You can use the same technique to override other parameters, using flags like --hostnme, --app_id, and --user_key.

For a full list of available flags and their applications, access the help information by running pb --help.