AimlBot is a localized chatbot client that uses AIML (Artificial Intelligence Markup Language).

+ How To Add This Control To Your Project (Click to Expand)
  1. Make sure you have the latest version of ARC installed.
  2. Select the Get button in this page to download the archive file.
  3. Double click the downloaded archive file to execute installer.
  4. The installer will add this control to ARC.
  5. Load ARC and press the Project -> Add Control button from the menu.
  6. Choose the Artificial Intelligence category tab.
  7. Press the Aimlbot icon to add the control to your project.


AimlBot is a localized chatbot client that uses AIML (Artificial Intelligence Markup Language). This operates the same as the PandoraBot client, except it doesn't require an internet connection. The AIML configuration files are stored locally and can be edited by hand or with an AIML editing tool.

Main Window

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1. Text Entry Field
This is where you write your text entry.

2. Send button

Click the Send button, or hit enter, when you are ready to send your text entry to the AimlBot.

3. Response Display

This is where the AimlBot will respond with its text-based response.


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1. Response Variable and Script
AIML responses can embed ez-script with square brackets [ and ]. For example, if you load the AIML file t.aiml, you will find this example under the category "test". Search the document for the word "test" and you will see the following response...


This is just a test $Direction.[say("Testing")]

As you can see in the above example, when the word "test" is entered as a phrase into the artificial intelligence engine, the response includes a variable and a script to run.

2. Open Config Folder
You can specify the configuration folder to have multiple personalities per project. To do so, the new config folder must contain the CONFIG and AIML folders from the plugin root folder. Simply look in the current config folder of this plugin, and copy the AIML and CONFIG folders into the new folder. Specify the new folder by pressing the change configuration folder button. This value is saved per project.

*Note: make a copy of the AIML files if you will be making modifications to them. The files may be overwritten during robot skill updates. Here's a video explaining how to make a copy of the default files into a new folder so you can edit them.

3. Open AIML Editor
Please note, the AIML editor requires .Net 3.5 to be installed. The config menu of this plugin has a button to open the AIML config folder or search for a phrase among all AIML files. The file search ability makes it easy to find a response to edit with your own editor, such as with notepad. There's also a built-in editor that I've included, more info below.

There is a built-in editor included called GaitoBotEditor that was created by Springwald Software with no relation to Synthiam. Synthiam cannot support or assist with using this AIML editor, but their online manual is pretty clear. The AIML files will have to be loaded one-by-one into the editor as a new workspace. We don't have much experience with the editor, but it seems to do the trick! The GaitoBotEditor requires .Net 3.5 to be installed.

4. Search
In the settings menu, you may open the AIML editor directly with the Open AIML Editor button. Otherwise, if you're looking for files related to specific key words, the SEARCH option will be useful. If you're wanting to modify all responses to the word " Banana", type the word "Banana" and press SEARCH. The interface will prompt a menu asking if you wish to open all the files corresponding to that word.

How to Use AimlBot Skill

1) Add the AimlBot Skill to your ARC project (Project -> Add Skill -> Artificial Intelligence -> AimlBot).

2) In the main window enter your text into the text field.

3) Click the Send button. 

4) Read the response in the response display. 

Script Samples

The AilmBot skill accepts control commands to get data from other skills. This means if you use the a speech recognition skill like Bing Speech Recognition you can send a speech-to-text entry directly to the AimlBot text field with:


ControlCommand("AimlBot", "SetPhrase", $BingSpeech)

This skill also has the ability to execute a script when the chat result is returned. AimlBot can speak the result with:





Another feature of this skill is moving a robot based on the code entered in the update.aiml file. An example phrase to activate this is: Move Forward


ARC 2020.01.24.00 or greater


The source code for this skill can be downloaded here:

Dear author of this plug in......I'm trying to run two instances of AIMLBot on separate ARCs on the same computer. They both seem to share the same config folder and settings files. Is there a way to load different setting files for each instance?
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No, you can only have one configuration folder and therefore only one configuration. Every instance of ARC will use the same configuration files. 

I can modify it to load the configuration from a folder that you specific - if that’s what you require?
I think this would be a good inclusion. If you ran many robots from a single computer, you could have all of their AIMLBot responses different, giving the illusion of separate personalities. By having different folders, its less likely to have a situation where you could accidentally overwrite the setting file.
I too would appreciate this option. While I don't run multiple instances at the same time I do have different projects on my windows tablet that would benefit from having different AIML files.
Okay - I’ll think of something over the weekend
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Is the source code available for this one?
I can post it tonight when I’m in front of a pc for ya
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You can now specify the folder for the configuration files. The new folder requires the AIML and CONFIG folders from the plugin folder to be copied. 

The source code is available as well - in the description of the plugin
Thank you! This will come in very handy for many of us.
Is there a way to save information from a session? For example if I tell the bot my name it remembers it for that session but when I exit and restart it's back to unnamed user.
Not presently. You can edit the config files to set default values. Perhaps I can add ControlCommand() that allows you to set values. That way you can save them with the project to a text file or something.
Ok, I can manually edit the file. That's the only thing I miss from my robot lab, the program ab chatbot. But Synthiam is far better at everything else.
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@danf - that's an easy fix - i can just add that functionality. Another reason we're better is we'll make changes based on user feedback :D. I forgot about my robot lab, is that still around?
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MRL is still around. Focusing on Inmoov as always. Their AIML implementation of ProgramAB is really good. ProgramAB operates against the AIML 2.0 standard though which offers a lot more possibilities. Synthiam (you) could reproduce all that or figure out a way to adopt and upgrade to the 2.0 standard. Putting bandaids on 1.0 which is no longer supported does not seem the way to go.

The Pandorabots plugin is 1.0 as well while their site has moved on to 2.0. We are using a legacy backdoor. I had asked previously and you investigated and there was some reason that it was not easy to do. I can't remember what that was. Would be nice though.
I started building a chatbot using Pandorabot 2.0.  Is it possible to import some of the AIML files from it to use with AimlBot?

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Sorry for the newbie question. If I edit the config file to make my own questions and responses and save it, will it be stored for the future?

Also, is it possible to talk the bot verbally and teach it things. For example your name is max and then it remembers it?
Olá, Como configurar o AimlBot e existe um vídeo explicativo sobre este plugin?
Sorry, i don't think there is an explanation video for the plug-in. I looked but I couldn't find one.
what files do I modify / edit to make my own responses in aiml.Bot?
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Hi Justin

This is EZAng 

The new EZ program ARC

The audio answers AIML works well

#24   — Edited
EZAng, this aiml plugin does not speak and never has. You need to create a new question for help on how to program your robot
Hi EzAng, I have not experimented with AIML in while.  I'm not sure I'm the best person to help on this.  Can you explain more about the issue you are having?
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I got everything working

My AIML Bot works just like Pandora Bot -  I ask questions, get audio answers

I added more AIML bot code also

Here is what I did:

Bing Speech control add:

ControlCommand("AimlBot", "SetPhrase", $BingSpeech)

Aiml control add


Above works with PC


Above works with ez -robot

now it works, trial and error, happy I learned perseverance a long time ago :-)

#27   — Edited
Latest update (v16) checks if the config directory exists. If not, it defaults to the plugin folder config.
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I do have C:\ProgramData\ARC\Plugins

I made a folder in my C:\Users\angbe\Documents\ARC\Plugins (I made the Plugins folder)  and copied all the plugin files in there, it works now
That’ll break it in the future. My instructions were correct. I didn’t ask if you had the folder. The instructions were to select that folder as the configuration. See my screenshot vs yours. 

my advise is to delete the new folder you created and update the plugin. The new plugin will auto adjust to the correct folder.
ok I will try that
I deleted the folder as you stated, closed the program, then re-started it, installed it Aiml again,  and no luck, I will reboot and come back,
Still does not work

When I go to shut the program, it freezes all the time
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all good now!! 

fixed the code

Hi DJ,

First of all I have been using this with Bing for a while now and it works great! Thank you for all your work! It is absolutely wonderful! Leaving behind the original windows speech recognition is FANTASTIC. Windows was wrong much more than it was ever right. Also, I finally started to customize my AIML files--and that's a whole lot of work! 

1. Now my first question is this, when I "say(...)" every line that is returned from aimlbot, aimlbot sometimes gives me a ":-)" and of course that is not pronounced correctly. Any suggestions on how to get rid of smilies before they get to "say(...)"?

2. Is there any way to have the robot ask for my name at the beginning of the aiml session? 



PS. is it A.R.C. or ARC like Noah's Ark?
I deleted all of the :-). That worked for me. Editing a set of AIML files is quite time consuming.xD
When I SEARCH on some text, I get a windows error message.

1. Go to aimlbot / settings window
2. enter "dj" into the text field.
3. click the "Search" button

Expected: file opens for editing.
Actual: Windows error message states, "Windows can't open this type of file (.aiml)"

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#37 works for me, it gives me this pop-up:

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The problem seems to be on your end, maybe do try to set the default program that opens .aiml to Notepad. Right-click on an .aiml file and select "open with" then "choose another app" and then select the checkbox to "Always open with this app" and then select Notepad to open it.
Yeah, that looks like the problem. I needed to set the default application to open AIML files. I picked "notebook" although It isn't great.

It seams that aimlbot needs a manual all for itself.:)

And that "Gaitobot", I can't seem to get it working right. I have yet to be able to create and edit an AIML file. I have been messing with it for over an hour with out any success.  It just gives me all sorts of errors. And the help files were not much help either.
I'm not sure what Notebook is but Windows Notepad is a classic text editor that you can't go wrong with.

AIML isn't something Synthiam developed, rather we support it. AIML is a rather large topic and while we can offer a quick way to access .aiml files we can't support the format itself here. If you are new to AIML I would recommend that you browse around the web and get more acquainted with it. 

Gaitobot actually has a very comprehensive getting started tutorial, have you seen it:
Is it possible to embed ARC code into the AIML files? Could I run a motor from AIML? If so, what would be the syntax?
Does anyone know if it is possible to do math within aiml code?

Did you implement XFIND in your aimlbot?

Thomas Messerschmidt
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The manual above explains how to include code in the aiml. Scroll up and check the manual for all the informations:)
New issue: I updated AIMLBot on Sunday and it appears that it overwrote all of my AIML files. Is there any way to prevent that? I lost a lot of work.
#47   — Edited
This skill has been updated to include a message in the Config dialog about backing up the AIML & Config folders to a personalized location on your hard drive. I advise backing up your config files before updating to this version.

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Seems the editor instructions/tutorials are all flash based and no longer work on their site.
Aimlbot doesn’t have a website. It’s a local application and doesn’t require an internet connection.
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Seems the editor ....
The Gaitobot editor...looking for instructions on how to use it. The instructions are no longer available on their website as they are flash.