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Yoda – The Command line Personal Assistant For Your Linux System

By sk

A while ago, we wrote about a command line virtual assistant named "Betty". Today, I stumbled upon a similar utility called "Yoda". Yoda is a command line personal assistant who can help you to do some trivial tasks in Linux. It is a free, open source application written in Python. In this guide, we will see how to install and use Yoda in GNU/Linux.

Installing Yoda, the command line personal assistant

Yoda requires Python 2 and PIP. If PIP is not installed in your Linux box, refer the following guide to install it. Just make sure you have installed python2-pip. Yoda may not support Python 3.

Note: I recommend you to try Yoda under a virtual environment. Not just Yoda, always try any Python applications in a virtual environment, so they won't interfere with globally installed packages. You can setup a virtual environment as described in the above link under the section titled "Creating Virtual Environments".

Once you have installed pip on your system, git clone Yoda repository.

$ git clone https://github.com/yoda-pa/yoda

The above command will create a directory named "yoda" in your current working directory and clone all contents in it. Go to the Yoda directory:

$ cd yoda/

Run the following command to install Yoda application.

$ pip install .

Please note the dot (.) at the end. Now, all required packages will be downloaded and installed.

Configure Yoda

First, setup configuration to save your information on your local system.

To do so, run:

$ yoda setup new

Answer the following questions:

Enter your name:
Senthil Kumar
What's your email id?
What's your github username?
Enter your github password:
Where shall your config be stored? (Default: ~/.yoda/)

A configuration file already exists. Are you sure you want to overwrite it? (y/n)

Your password is saved in the config file after encrypting, so don't worry about it.

To check the current configuration, run:

$ yoda setup check

You will see an output something like below.

Name: Senthil Kumar
Email: sk@senthilkumar.com
Github username: sk

By default, your information is stored in ~/.yoda directory.

To delete the existing configuration, do:

$ yoda setup delete


Yoda contains a simple chat bot. You can interact with it using chat command like below.

$ yoda chat who are you

Sample output:

Yoda speaks:
I'm a virtual agent
$ yoda chat how are you
Yoda speaks:
I'm doing very well. Thanks!

Here is the list of things we can do with Yoda:

Test Internet speed

Let us ask Yoda about the Internet speed. To do so, run:

$ yoda speedtest
Speed test results:
Ping: 108.45 ms
Download: 0.75 Mb/s
Upload: 1.95 Mb/s

Shorten and expand URLs

Yoda also helps to shorten any URL.

$ yoda url shorten https://ostechnix.com/
Here's your shortened URL:

To expand the shortened URL:

$ yoda url expand https://goo.gl/hVW6U0
Here's your original URL:

Read Hacker News

I am regular visitor of Hacker News website. If you're anything like me, you can read the news from Hacker News website using Yoda like below.

$ yoda hackernews
News-- 1/513

Title-- Show HN: a Yelp for iOS developers
Description-- I came up with this idea "a Yelp for developers" when talking with my colleagues. My hypothesis is that, it would be very helpful if we know more about a library before choosing to use it. It's similar to that we want to know more about a restaurant by checki…
url-- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16636071

Continue? [press-"y"]

Yoda will display one item at a time. To read the next news, simply type "y" and hit ENTER.

Manage personal diaries

We can also maintain a personal diary to note important events.

Create a new diary using command:

$ yoda diary nn
Input your entry for note:
Today I learned about Yoda

To create a new note, run the above command again.

To view all notes:

$ yoda diary notes
Today's notes:
 Time | Note
16:41:41| Today I learned about Yoda

Not just notes, Yoda can also help you to create tasks.

To create a new task, run:

$ yoda diary nt
Input your entry for task:
Write an article about Yoda and publish it on OSTechNix

To view the list of tasks, run:

$ yoda diary tasks
Today's agenda:
Status | Time | Text
 O | 16:44:03: Write an article about Yoda and publish it on OSTechNix

Incomplete tasks: 1
Completed tasks: 0

As you see above, I have one incomplete task. To mark it as completed, run the following command and type the completed task serial number and hit ENTER:

$ yoda diary ct
Today's agenda:
Number | Time | Task
 1 | 16:44:03: Write an article about Yoda and publish it on OSTechNix
Enter the task number that you would like to set as completed

You can analyze the current month's tasks at any time using command:

$ yoda diary analyze
Percentage of incomplete task : 0
Percentage of complete task : 100
Frequency of adding task (Task/Day) : 3

Sometimes, you may want to maintain a profile about a person you love, admire.

Take notes about loved ones

First, you need to setup configuration to store your friend's details. To do so, run:

$ yoda love setup

Enter the details of your friend:

Enter their name:
Abdul Kalam
Enter sex(M/F):
Where do they live?

To view the details of the person, run:

$ yoda love status
{'place': 'Rameswaram', 'name': 'Abdul Kalam', 'sex': 'M'}

To add the birthday of your love one:

$ yoda love addbirth
Enter birthday

To view the birth date:

$ yoda love showbirth
Birthday is 15-10-1931

You could even add notes about that person:

$ yoda love note
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam better known as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

You can view the notes using command:

$ yoda love notes
1: Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam better known as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

You can also write the things that person like:

$ yoda love like
Add things they like
Physics, Aerospace
Want to add more things they like? [y/n]

To view the things they like, run:

$ yoda love likes
1: Physics, Aerospace

Tracking money expenses

You don't need a separate tool to maintain your financial expenditure. Yoda got your back.

First, setup configuration for your money expenses using command:

$ yoda money setup

Enter your currency code and the initial amount:

Enter default currency code:
{u'USD': 0.015338, u'IDR': 211.06, u'BGN': 0.024436, u'ISK': 1.5305, u'ILS': 0.053402, u'GBP': 0.010959, u'DKK': 0.093063, u'CAD': 0.020041, u'MXN': 0.28748, u'HUF': 3.8873, u'RON': 0.058302, u'MYR': 0.060086, u'SEK': 0.12564, u'SGD': 0.020208, u'HKD': 0.12031, u'AUD': 0.019908, u'CHF': 0.014644, u'KRW': 16.429, u'CNY': 0.097135, u'TRY': 0.06027, u'HRK': 0.092986, u'NZD': 0.021289, u'THB': 0.47854, u'EUR': 0.012494, u'NOK': 0.11852, u'RUB': 0.88518, u'JPY': 1.6332, u'CZK': 0.31764, u'BRL': 0.050489, u'PLN': 0.052822, u'PHP': 0.79871, u'ZAR': 0.1834}
Indian rupee
Enter initial amount:

To view the money configuration, just run:

$ yoda money status
{'initial_money': 10000, 'currency_code': 'INR'}

Let us say you bought a book that costs 250 INR. To add this expense, run:

$ yoda money exp
Spend 250 INR on books

To view the expenses, run:

$ yoda money exps
2018-03-21 17:12:31 INR 250 books

Creating Idea lists

To create a new idea:

$ yoda ideas add --task <task_name> --inside <project_name>

List the ideas:

$ yoda ideas show

To remove a idea from the project:

$ yoda ideas remove --task <task_name> --inside <project_name>

To remove the idea completely, run:

$ yoda ideas remove --project <project_name>

Learning English Vocabulary

Yoda helps you to learn random English words and track your learning progress.

To learn a new word, type:

$ yoda vocabulary word

It will display a random word. Press ENTER to display the meaning of the word. Again, Yoda asks you if you already know the meaning of the word. If you know it already, type "yes". If you don't know, type "no". This can help you to track your progress. Use the following command to know your progress.

$ yoda vocabulary accuracy

Also, Yoda can help you to do few other things like finding the definition of a word and creating flashcards to easily learn anything. For more details and list of available options, refer the help section.

$ yoda --help

More good stuffs to come. Stay tuned!



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kapil March 24, 2018 - 8:02 pm

where is the diary data stored in the github account or on my local machine?

sk March 26, 2018 - 12:15 pm

By default, your information is stored in ~/.yoda directory in your local system.

kapil March 27, 2018 - 8:09 pm

thanks for the information ,i needed it for backup

senever January 4, 2019 - 9:44 am

hey, when i was trying with “yoda setup new”

this would come
(sourav) root@Senever:~/yoda# yoda setup new
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/root/sourav/bin/yoda”, line 7, in
from yoda import cli
File “/root/sourav/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/yoda.py”, line 6, in
from modules import *
File “/root/sourav/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/modules/alias.py”, line 4, in
from .util import get_folder_path_from_file_path, create_folder
File “/root/sourav/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/modules/util.py”, line 8, in
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
ImportError: No module named bs4

what should i do ?

i am getting this every time
Please! give me any solution…..

sk January 4, 2019 - 11:08 am

The guide is outdated. Yoda now supports both Python 2.x and 3.x. Please try the official installation instructions as described in this link – https://github.com/yoda-pa/yoda


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