Free Alternative For The Cleverbot API
Cleverbot.com used to have a free API for their chatbot application. They have
removed their free API in place of a tiered subscription API service.
cleverbotfree is a free alternative to that API that uses a headless Firefox
browser to communicate with their chatbot application. You can use this module
to create applications/bots that send and receive messages to the Cleverbot
- node >= 14.16.1
- Python >= 3.8.0
- python3-pip >= 21.1.1
Once requirments are met, you can install this library through pip.
pip install cleverbotfree
This library uses the Playwright library to interface the Cleverbot website
with a headless Firefox browser.
To download the Playwright Firefox browser binary simply run this command after
playwright install firefox
Example of a simple CLI script that creates a single use, one message chat session.
import cleverbotfree def chat(): with cleverbotfree.sync_playwright() as p_w: c_b = cleverbotfree.Cleverbot(p_w) user_input = input("User: ") response = c_b.single_exchange(user_input) print("Cleverbot:", response) c_b.browser.close() chat()
Example of a simple CLI script that creates a persistent chat session untill closed.
import cleverbotfree def chat(): with cleverbotfree.sync_playwright() as p_w: c_b = cleverbotfree.Cleverbot(p_w) while True: user_input = input("User: ") if user_input == 'quit': break c_b.send_input(user_input) bot = c_b.get_response() print('Cleverbot:', bot) c_b.browser.close() chat()
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