Programming language: Go
License: MIT License
Tags: ChatOps    
Latest version: v0.2.0

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Note: This project is no longer supported, as I no longer have the time to maintain it.

Abot (pronounced Eh-Bot, like the Canadians) is a digital assistant framework that enables anyone to easily build a digital assistant similar to Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Google Now, or Amazon Alexa. Further, Abot supports a human-aided training backend enabling anyone to build services like Facebook M.

Unlike those proprietary systems, Abot is open-sourced and extensible. By providing an extensible platform onto which anyone can easily add functionality, Abot is the first A.I. framework that aims to be available everywhere and— ultimately—to do everything.


Dependencies: Abot requires that the following programs are installed:

Fetch Abot via go get

$ go get github.com/itsabot/abot

Then create a new project anywhere in your $GOPATH, passing in your Postgres credentials/host if needed. Projects should be named with camelCasing.

$ abot new yourproject [username[:password]@host[:port]]
Success! Created yourproject

If you don't pass anything to the command, the Postgres parameters will default to host =, port = 5432, and username = postgres. You may need to edit your pg_hba.conf file if you want to use this password-less default.

During setup, if the psql binary is unavailable, the script will skip the database setup. To setup the database on an different machine, you can run cmd/dbsetup.sh on the host that has Postgres / psql available. This script takes the same Postgres parameter as abot new.

Once the script completes, launch the server:

$ cd yourproject
$ abot server

Then visit Abot at localhost:4200.


First configure the plugins you want to import, such as weather. Add them to your plugins.json like so:

    "Version": 0.2,
    "Dependencies": {
        "github.com/itsabot/plugin_weather": "*"

Then run the following in your terminal to download the plugins:

$ abot install
Fetching 1 plugin...
Installing plugin...

That will download the plugins into your $GOPATH and install them into your project. Once you've installed the plugins, boot the server again: abot server. You can then use the included Abot console to communicate with Abot locally:

$ abot console
> Hi
Hello there!

You can learn more in our Getting Started guide.


We believe that A.I. will impact every business worldwide and dramatically change our lives. While Apple, Google and others rush to build proprietary digital assistants, there's a great need for an open approach that can be made to run anywhere and be customized to do anything you need.

Abot enables any person or business to build digital assistants like Siri using plugins that are as easy to install and run as WordPress. Soon it'll be as easy to leverage A.I. in your business as it is to start a blog or an online store. Imagine setting up an AI assistant to answer your phones, schedule meetings, and book travel for your company in 30 seconds or less. The future's almost here, and Abot's going to lead the way.

We have a long road ahead of us, but "nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work." -- Booker T. Washington

Follow our progress on our Roadmap or learn how you can get involved with our Contributor's Guide.


MIT, a copy of which you can find in the repo.

This project uses a Bayesian classifier library (github.com/jbrukh/bayesian), whose BSD-style license you can find in /core/training/LICENSE.md.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Abot README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.