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Amazon Q Developer in the command line adds IDE-style completions for hundreds of popular CLIs like git, npm, docker, and aws. Start typing, and Amazon Q populates contextually relevant subcommands, options and arguments.

⚡️ Installation

NOTE: Once it's downloaded, launch the app to set up Amazon Q for command line!

Demo of Amazon Q's CLI Completions in a terminal

👋 What are "completion specs"?

A completion spec is a declarative schema that specifies the subcommands, options and args for a CLI tool. Amazon Q uses these schemas to generate suggestions.

😎 Contribute your first spec in < 3 minutes

Use the steps below or follow our getting started guide:


  • Download Amazon Q for command line
  • Node and Pnpm


  1. Make sure you have pnpm installed, as that's the package manager used in this repo.

  2. Click here to fork this repo.

  3. Clone your forked repo and create an example spec

    # Replace `YOUR_GITHUB_USERNAME` with your own GitHub username
    git clone autocomplete
    cd autocomplete
    # Add withfig/autocomplete as a remote
    git remote add upstream
    # Install packages
    pnpm install
    # Create an example spec (call it "abc")
    pnpm create-spec abc
    # Turn on "dev mode"
    pnpm dev
  4. Now go to your terminal and type abc[space]. Your example spec will appear. 😊

Other things to know

  • Edit your spec in TypeScript in the src/ folder
  • On save, specs are compiled to the build/ folder
  • In dev mode, specs are read from the build folder, and generators run every keystroke.

📦 Other available package.json commands

# Typecheck all specs in the src/ folder
pnpm test

# Compile typescripts specs from src/ folder to build/ folder
pnpm build

# Lint and fix issues
pnpm lint:fix

🔥 Contributions

We would love contributions for:

  • New completion specs
  • Errors with existing completion specs (e.g. missing subcommands, options, or arguments)
  • Generators for argument suggestions
  • Better descriptions, icons etc
  • Themes!

If you aren't able to contribute, please feel free to open an issue.

🙋‍♀️ FAQ

What terminals does Amazon Q work with?

Amazon Q for command line works with the native macOS Terminal app, iTerm, Tabby, Hyper, Kitty, WezTerm, and Alacritty. It also works in the integrated terminals of VSCode, JetBrains IDEs, Android Studio, and Nova.

Want to see another terminal included? Check our issue tracker and add your support for it!

How does Amazon Q for command line work?

Amazon Q for command line uses the Accessibility API on Mac to position the window, and integrates with your shell to read what you've typed.

Does Amazon Q for command line work on Windows or Linux?

Not yet, Amazon Q for command line is only available on macOS for now. Windows and Linux support is in progress!

How can I download Amazon Q?

Run brew install amazon-q or, downloading the app at Then, launch the Amazon Q app!

How do I submit a PR?

Check out our How to Contribute guide. Many of Amazon Q's 400+ contributors made their first open source contribution to Amazon Q!

Amazon Q for command line doesn't work for me!

Run q doctor to automatically debug issues with your installation. Otherwise make an issue in our GitHub discussions community: aws/q-command-line-discussions

✨ Contributors

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