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Command Line Arguments

Running with --help lists all the possible command line arguments you can pass:

./ --help     # on Linux / macOS

.\run.bat --help    # on Windows


For use with Docker, replace the script in the examples with docker compose run --rm auto-gpt:

docker compose run --rm auto-gpt --help
docker compose run --rm auto-gpt --ai-settings <filename>


Replace anything in angled brackets (<>) to a value you want to specify

Here are some common arguments you can use when running AutoGPT:

  • Run AutoGPT with a different AI Settings file
./ --ai-settings <filename>
  • Run AutoGPT with a different Prompt Settings file
./ --prompt-settings <filename>
  • Specify a memory backend
./ --use-memory  <memory-backend>


There are shorthands for some of these flags, for example -m for --use-memory.
Use ./ --help for more information.

Speak Mode

Enter this command to use TTS (Text-to-Speech) for AutoGPT

./ --speak

💀 Continuous Mode ⚠️

Run the AI without user authorization, 100% automated. Continuous mode is NOT recommended. It is potentially dangerous and may cause your AI to run forever or carry out actions you would not usually authorize. Use at your own risk.

./ --continuous

To exit the program, press Ctrl+C

♻️ Self-Feedback Mode ⚠️

Running Self-Feedback will INCREASE token use and thus cost more. This feature enables the agent to provide self-feedback by verifying its own actions and checking if they align with its current goals. If not, it will provide better feedback for the next loop. To enable this feature for the current loop, input S into the input field.

GPT-3.5 ONLY Mode

If you don't have access to GPT-4, this mode allows you to use AutoGPT!

./ --gpt3only

You can achieve the same by setting SMART_LLM in .env to gpt-3.5-turbo.


If you have access to GPT-4, this mode allows you to use AutoGPT solely with GPT-4. This may give your bot increased intelligence.

./ --gpt4only


Since GPT-4 is more expensive to use, running AutoGPT in GPT-4-only mode will increase your API costs.


Activity, Error, and Debug logs are located in ./logs


Do you notice weird behavior with your agent? Do you have an interesting use case? Do you have a bug you want to report? Follow the step below to enable your logs. You can include these logs when making an issue report or discussing an issue with us.

To print out debug logs:

./ --debug     # on Linux / macOS

.\run.bat --debug    # on Windows

docker-compose run --rm auto-gpt --debug    # in Docker

Disabling Command Categories

If you want to selectively disable some command groups, you can use the DISABLED_COMMAND_CATEGORIES config in your .env. You can find the list of categories in your .env.template

For example, to disable coding related features, set it to the value below: