I believe we received a support ticket via our support channel. We were able to investigate the issue with the items you provided, and just wanted to follow up with your post here as well for the sake of building community knowledge:
I took a look through your templater-options.json file which is a configuration for Templater’s main panel and preferences. First, when using the Templater CLI, you’ll want to make sure to quit and exit AE so that it’s not running. If you have it running while you attempt to launch via the CLI then there are conflicting configurations — the GUI configuration and the CLI configuration. So they are kind of mutually exclusive.
Now, one thing to note is that the tasks object has two properties set to true in your templater-options.json file. You can only ever have one option set there. One task is to enable the bot, while another is to replicate a batch. Think of those properties as being “mapped” to the buttons in the main Templater GUI. You tell what the Bot to do in the prefs objects under the bot sub object — specifically the action_render and action_replicate. So, my suggestion is to set the replicate property in the tasks object to false, and leave the action_replicate to true and the action_render to false.
Also, I would like to see the exact Powershell incantation you are using to perform the launch. If you want to enable bot from the command line, you will need to use the -ui flag because enabling Bot requires AE’s GUI open up.
Please let me know if this helps.