Rasa is an open source system for conversational AI. This tutorial outlines how to get started on Windows using Visual Studio Code.

A Visual Studio Code window with a terminal open running an example conversation with a Rasa chat bot.
A Visual Studio Code window with a terminal open running an example conversation with a Rasa chat bot.

Is this tutorial for you?

There are easier ways to install and initialize Rasa. I’ve had good success with Docker-Compose, for example — it’s quick and easy. However, Docker Desktop for Windows requires that the Hyper-V feature be enabled, which is a no-go for anyone using VirtualBox on the same machine, and while using Docker inside VirtualBox does work, it precludes you from using the host’s dedicated GPU for model training using Tensorflow.

If you’re in the same Docker/Hyper-V/VirtualBox predicament as I am, this tutorial provides an alternative without requiring Docker. If you don’t use VirtualBox and Docker runs fine on your host, you may not need this tutorial. …

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