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 persistent chat session until closed.
import asyncio import cleverbotfree def chat(): """Example code using cleverbotfree sync api.""" with cleverbotfree.sync_playwright() as p_w: c_b = cleverbotfree.Cleverbot(p_w) while True: user_input = input("User: ") if user_input == 'quit': break bot = c_b.single_exchange(user_input) print('Cleverbot:', bot) c_b.browser.close() chat() async def async_chat(): """Example code using cleverbotfree async api.""" async with cleverbotfree.async_playwright() as p_w: c_b = await cleverbotfree.CleverbotAsync(p_w) while True: user_input = input("User: ") if user_input == 'quit': break bot = await c_b.single_exchange(user_input) print('Cleverbot:', bot) await c_b.browser.close() asyncio.run(async_chat())
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