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CLI assistant (chili) 🌶️

When you're new to CLI for Microsoft 365, it can feel overwhelming. There are so many commands and options to choose from. Where do you start? How do you know which commands to use? It's hard to search for things you don't know exist. So to make it easier, we introduce 🌶️ chili - a CLI docs assistant that helps you find the right commands for your tasks, powered by Mendable AI.

Before you start

We believe that 🌶️ chili should be available at your fingertips and super simple to run. That's why we recommend, that after installing CLI for Microsoft 365, you set up an alias for your shell. To add an alias, add to your shell profile:

Set-Alias -Name m365? -Value m365_chili

If you use our Docker image, you don't need to setup the alias manually. We setup the m365? alias for you in both bash and PowerShell.


If you don't set up an alias, you can still use 🌶️ chili by running m365_chili instead of m365?.

With this alias in place, you can ask 🌶️ chili anything by running:

m365? "how can I upgrade my SPFx project?"

You can also start chili without the initial prompt by running m365? and then typing your question.

Running this command will start the virtual assistant in the terminal. It will use the question you asked to search in CLI's documentation and answer your question, along with the list of sources from which it found the answer.


After you get an answer, 🌶️ chili will prompt you to rate the response. While it's not required, we'd really appreciate it if you did. It will help us improve the quality of the answers.

After you get an answer, you have the ability to follow up your conversation with additional questions or start from scratch. Start a new conversation to reset the assistant and ensure that it doesn't mix up the context of your questions.


Debug mode

If the command isn't working as expected, you can start it in debug mode by running:

m365? --debug

or with a prompt:

m365? "how can I upgrade my SPFx project?" --debug

The command will now print additional information to the terminal, which you can use to troubleshoot the issue.


You can print the contents of this page directly in the terminal by running:

m365? --help

or short:

m365? -h

Disable rating prompts

If you don't want to be prompted to rate the response, you can disable it by starting 🌶️ chili with the --no-rating option:

m365? --no-rating

While we offer this option, we'd appreciate your feedback, especially as we've just launched the assistant and want to improve its accuracy.