• author: Matthew Berman

Ader: The Ultimate AI Coding Assistant

Have you ever wished for an AI coding assistant that not only does everything you expect, but also goes above and beyond to make your coding experience seamless and efficient? Look no further, because I think I found the best AI coding assistant so far - Ader. Not only does Ader generate projects based on prompts, but it can also iterate on those projects and even allow you to develop on top of existing projects, including very large ones. In this article, I will guide you through the installation and usage of Ader, and show you why it's the AI coding assistant you've been waiting for.

Introducing Ader

Ader, short for "AI dER", is a powerful AI coding assistant developed by Paul Gaither. It is specifically designed to enhance your coding experience by providing intelligent suggestions and automating repetitive tasks. Ader utilizes GPT-4, a state-of-the-art language model, and even supports GPT-3.5. While Ader is currently command-line based, it is surprisingly straightforward to use and offers a wide range of features that will impress any developer.


To get started with Ader, you'll need to install it on your machine. The following steps outline the installation process:

  1. Open a terminal and create a new conda environment:
conda create --name ader python=3.11.3
  1. Activate the newly created conda environment:
conda activate ader
  1. Export your OpenAI API key. If you don't have one, sign up for OpenAI and obtain an API key. Replace YOUR_API_KEY in the command below with your actual API key:
  1. Install Ader using pip:
pip install ader

Once installed, you're ready to unleash the power of Ader.

Supercharging Your Coding with Ader

Now that you have Ader installed, let's explore some of its amazing features and how to make the most out of them:

  1. Starting a New Project

To create a new project with Ader, simply navigate to your desired directory in the terminal and type ader followed by a space. Optionally, you can specify a filename or project name after ader to create a new file or project with a specific name.

  1. Iterating on Projects

Ader truly shines when it comes to iterating on your projects. By utilizing its powerful language model, Ader understands your codebase and can suggest intelligent changes to enhance your project. To iterate on an existing project or codebase, navigate to the project directory in the terminal and type ader. Ader will automatically recognize the project's structure and provide suggestions based on it.

  1. Integrated Git Support

One of the most exciting features of Ader is its integrated Git support. With Ader, you can easily track the changes made to your project and view the diffs of each change. Additionally, Ader can provide you with a Git file, allowing you to leverage the power of version control and collaborate seamlessly with other developers.

  1. Universal C Tags Integration

Ader takes codebase understanding to the next level by integrating Universal C Tags. Universal C Tags generates a compressed version of your codebase, providing the large language model with comprehensive context. To install Universal C Tags, simply use Homebrew:

brew install universal-ctags

Once installed, you can use Ader with Universal C Tags by typing ader in the terminal within your project's directory. Ader will use Universal C Tags to improve codebase understanding and suggest more accurate changes.

  1. Making Changes

Ader allows you to make various changes to your codebase effortlessly. Whether it's adding files, committing changes, dropping files, or clearing the workspace, Ader provides a convenient and intuitive interface to perform these tasks. To access these commands, simply type / within Ader and explore the available options.

Real-World Examples

To illustrate the power and versatility of Ader, let's walk through a couple of real-world examples:

  1. Creating a Snake Game

Using Ader, you can easily generate a Snake game project. Simply navigate to the desired project directory in the terminal and type ader snake.py. Ader will generate the basic structure of a Snake game in Python, including the necessary libraries. You can then run the code and see the game come to life.

  1. Upgrading a Ruby on Rails Project

Suppose you have an existing Ruby on Rails project called "pricer" and you want to upgrade the "sidekick" gem to the latest version. Ader can help you with this task. Navigate to the project directory in the terminal and type ader. Ader will recognize your project and guide you through the necessary steps to upgrade the gem in the Gemfile and update the Gemfile.lock accordingly. Ader will even suggest running bundle install to ensure the correct version of the bundler is used.


Ader is truly a game-changer when it comes to AI coding assistants. Its ability to generate projects, iterate on existing codebases, and provide comprehensive git support makes it a must-have tool for developers. By integrating Universal C Tags, Ader enhances codebase understanding, even for large projects. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, Ader will undoubtedly increase your productivity and streamline your coding process. Try it out today and experience the future of AI coding assistance.

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