• author: Matthew Berman

GPT Engineer: Automating AI Assistant Development


As an AI developer, getting your AI assistant to write code for you could save you significant amounts of time and effort. Recently, there's been a buzz around a new AI coding partner - GPT Engineer. In this article, we will explore how this project is taking the AI development world to the next level.

The Problem With Small Developer

A few weeks ago, a tool called Small Developer made the headlines for being an amazing first take at being able to describe a project and having AI completely write it for you. However, the tool had several shortcomings that made it less efficient.

The Solution: GPT Engineer

GPT Engineer is a new project that aims to address these shortcomings and make the process of AI assistant development more efficient. With GPT Engineer, you can write your single prompt, and AI will write your entire project for you from scratch.

Installation Guide for GPT Engineer

To start using GPT Engineer, follow these simple steps:

  1. Clone the GPT Engineer repository by visiting their GitHub page and clicking the "Code" button. Copy the repository's address and use it to clone the required files by running the command git clone <repository-address> in the terminal.

  2. Create a new conda environment to avoid any Python and module versioning issues. Use the command conda create --name <environment-name> <python-version> to create a new environment. In this case, we created a new environment named "gpt-enge" using Python 3.11.3.

  3. Activate the environment using the command conda activate <environment-name>

  4. Install all the necessary modules using the command python -m pip install -r requirements.txt

  5. Open Visual Studio Code and open the GPT Engineer directory. Look for the example directory and open it up. Define the project by writing a single prompt. For instance, write "We are writing Snake in Python, MVC components split into separate files, keyboard control". You can be as detailed as you want.

  6. Get the OpenAI API key and enter it by typing export openai_api_key=<API-KEY> in the terminal.

  7. Run the main file by typing the command python main.py example. Here, "example" is referencing the folder that contains the main prompt file. This command will start outputting what it's going to build. You can watch it as it progresses.

  8. Watch as GPT Engineer writes out your entire project!

How GPT Engineer Works

GPT Engineer works by combining the power of GPT-3 and traditional software development to generate code. To create a project, GPT Engineer uses a neural network that has been trained on massive amounts of text data to generate code based on the prompt description. It iteratively generates code based on user input until the project is complete.

Advantages of GPT Engineer

GPT Engineer offers several advantages to AI developers such as:

  • Time-saving: With GPT Engineer, you don't need to write code from scratch. You can write a single prompt and let AI generate your entire project for you.

  • Increased Efficiency: GPT Engineer allows you to automate the coding process which means fewer errors, and increased productivity.

  • AI Assistance: GPT Engineer provides AI assistance to developers for easy project development.

Limitations of GPT Engineer

Although GPT Engineer is an excellent tool that can generate code for you in no time, there are a few limitations. For instance, GPT Engineer cannot read an existing code base and build on it. Besides, you need an OpenAI API key to install and use GPT Engineer.


GPT Engineer is a game-changer in the world of AI development. It allows developers to write a single prompt and generate an entire project with minimal effort. Developers must take the time to write detailed project descriptions to obtain the most benefit from this tool. Although it has a few limitations, GPT Engineer is the future of AI assistant development.

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