How to install Auto-GPT on Mac

The advancements in natural language processing (NLP) have led to the development of powerful tools and models like GPT-4, capable of transforming the way we interact with technology.

One such tool is Auto-GPT, a versatile command-line interface that allows users to leverage the capabilities of GPT-4 on their local machines.

Here, we will walk you through the process of installing and configuring Auto-GPT on a macOS system, providing step-by-step instructions for each stage of the process.


Before we dive into the actual installation of Auto-GPT, there are a few prerequisites that we need to have in place. We will cover the installation of:

  • Git
  • Python 3
  • Visual Studio Code (VSCode)

Download and Install Git on a Mac

Git is a widely-used version control system that allows you to keep track of changes in your code. Auto-GPT’s source code is hosted on GitHub, a platform that utilizes Git. To download Auto-GPT, you’ll need to have Git installed on your Mac.

  1. Go to Google and search for “download git.”
  2. Click on the first search result, which should take you to the Git website.
  3. Click on the “Download for Mac” button.
  4. On the Git download page, you can choose to install Git using Homebrew or by downloading the binary installer by Tim Harper. We recommend the binary installer for a faster installation process.
  5. Click on the installer link and download the installer file.
  6. Once downloaded, run the installer file and follow the installation instructions.
  7. After installation, open your terminal and type git –version. If you see a Git version number, it means Git has been successfully installed.

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Additional Git Configuration

Optionally, you may want to configure your Git identity. This information is used to attribute your commits when collaborating with others. To set your Git name and email, run the following commands in the terminal:

git config –global “Your Name”

git config –global

Download and Install the Latest Version of Python 3

Python is a versatile programming language that is widely used in various fields, including machine learning and artificial intelligence. Auto-GPT is developed in Python, so you’ll need to have Python 3 installed on your Mac.

  1. Go to Google and search for “download python.”
  2. Click on the first search result, which should takeyou to the Python website.
  3. Click on the “Download Python” button, which should display the latest version of Python 3.
  1. Note that Auto-GPT requires Python 3.8 or later. It won’t work with Python 2, which is installed on Mac by default.
  2. Once the Python installer is downloaded, run the file and follow the installation instructions.
  3. After installation, open your terminal and type python3 –version. You should see the Python 3 version number you just installed.

Setting up a Python Virtual Environment

While not mandatory, it’s a good practice to create a virtual environment when working with Python projects. This isolates the project’s dependencies, preventing conflicts with other projects or system-wide libraries. To create a virtual environment for Auto-GPT:

  1. Open your terminal and navigate to the directory where you want to create the virtual environment.
  2. Run python3 -m venv auto-gpt-venv. This will create a new virtual environment called auto-gpt-venv.
  3. To activate the virtual environment, run source auto-gpt-venv/bin/activate.
  4. You should now see (auto-gpt-venv) in your terminal prompt, indicating that the virtual environment is active.

Download and Install Visual Studio Code (VSCode) for Mac

Visual Studio Code (VSCode) is a popular code editor that offers many features, such as syntax highlighting, code completion, and Git integration. Although you can use any code editor, we recommend VSCode for its ease of use and versatility.

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  1. Go to Google and search for “download VSCode.”
  2. Click on the first search result, which should take you to the VSCode website.
  3. Download the Mac version of VSCode.
  4. Once downloaded, locate the downloaded file in your Downloads folder.
  5. Hold down the Control key and click on the VSCode file. Then, select “Open with” and choose “Archive Utility.” This will extract VSCode into the same folder.
  6. Double-click on the extracted file to launch VSCode.

Installing Auto-GPT on a Mac from GitHub Repo

Now that we have all the prerequisites in place, we can proceed with installing Auto-GPT on your Mac.

  1. Go to Google and search for “download Auto-GPT.”
  2. Click on the first search result, which should take you to the Auto-GPT GitHub page.
  3. Click on the green “Code” button and copy the URL provided.
  4. Open your terminal and navigate to the directory where you want to clone the Auto-GPT repository.
  5. Run git clone <URL>, replacing <URL> with the copied URL.
  6. This will download the Auto-GPT repository to your local machine and create a new folder called auto-gpt.
  7. Change to the newly created auto-gpt directory by running cd auto-gpt.

How to Install Auto-GPT Requirements.txt

The requirements.txt file contains a list of Python dependencies required for the Auto-GPT project. We need to install these dependencies using pip, Python’s package installer.

  1. Ensure you are inside the auto-gpt folder in your terminal.
  2. If you have set up a virtual environment, make sure it is active.
  3. Run pip3 install -r requirements.txt to install the required dependencies.

If you see any errors, try using the–upgrade flag: pip3 install –upgrade -r requirements.txt.

Getting an OpenAI Account and Creating a GPT-4 API Key

Auto-GPT relies on the GPT-4 model provided by OpenAI. To access the GPT-4 API, you’ll need an OpenAI account and an API key.

  1. Go to the OpenAI website and sign up for an account if you don’t have one already.
  2. After logging in, navigate to the API Keys section.
  3. Click on “Create API Key” and follow the instructions to generate a new API key.
  4. Copy the generated API key, as you’ll need it to configure Auto-GPT.

Configuring Auto-GPT with the API Key

To use your GPT-4 API key with Auto-GPT, you’ll need to create an environment variable. This allows Auto-GPT to access the API key without hardcoding it into the source code.

  1. Open your terminal, ensuring that you’re in the auto-gpt directory.
  2. Run export OPENAI_API_KEY=<API_KEY>, replacing <API_KEY> with your GPT-4 API key.
  3. To verify that the environment variable has been set, run echo $OPENAI_API_KEY. You should see your API key displayed.

Note: This environment variable will only persist for the current terminal session. If you close the terminal or open a new one, you’ll need to run the export command again.

Running Auto-GPT from Terminal on a Mac

Now that everything is set up, you can run Auto-GPT from the terminal.

  1. Make sure you’re in the auto-gpt directory and that your virtual environment is active (if applicable).
  2. Run the Auto-GPT script by typing python3 followed by any necessary command-line arguments.

Refer to the Auto-GPT documentation for a list of available command-line arguments and examples of how to use them.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Here are some solutions to common issues you may encounter while installing or using Auto-GPT:

  1. If you encounter errors related to package versions, try updating your Python packages by running pip3 install –upgrade <package_name>. You can also consult the Auto-GPT documentation for specific package version requirements.
  2. If the GPT-4 API returns an error, verify that your API key is correct and that you’ve set the environment variable correctly. Ensure that you have access to the GPT-4 API and have not exceeded any usage limits.
  3. If you have issues with the virtual environment, make sure it’s active before installing any dependencies or running the script. If necessary, recreate the virtual environment and install the required packages.


You should now have a working installation of Auto-GPT on your macOS system. With Auto-GPT, you can harness the power of GPT-4 for various tasks and projects. Remember to consult the Auto-GPT documentation for more information on how to use the tool effectively and to stay up-to-date with any changes or updates to the project.

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