7 Best Ways to Check the OpenAI Package Version in Python

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In this article, I’ll show you how to check the version of the openai library for Python. I needed this in my own project as OpenAI raised an error due to an old package version.

These are the seven best ways to check the version of a Python module:

  • Method 1: pip show openai
  • Method 2: pip list
  • Method 3: pip list | findstr openai
  • Method 4: importlib.metadata.version('openai')
  • Method 5: conda list
  • Method 6: pip freeze
  • Method 7: pip freeze | grep openai

Let’s dive into some examples for each of those next!

Method 1: pip show

To check which version of openai is installed, run pip show openai or pip3 show openai in your CMD/Powershell (Windows) or terminal (macOS/Linux/Ubuntu).

This will work if your pip installation is version 1.3 or higher—which is likely to hold in your case because pip 1.3 was released a decade ago, in 2013!!

Here’s an example in my Windows Powershell for OpenAI: I’ve highlighted the line that shows that my package version is 1.21.0:

C:\Users\xcent>pip show openai
Name: openai
Version: 0.27.0
Summary: Python client library for the OpenAI API
Home-page: https://github.com/openai/openai-python
Author: OpenAI
Author-email: support@openai.com
License:
Location: c:\users\xcent\appdata\local\programs\python\python310\lib\site-packages
Requires: aiohttp, requests, tqdm
Required-by:

In some instances, this will not work—depending on your environment. In this case, try those commands before giving up:

python -m pip show openai
python3 -m pip show openai
py -m pip show openai
pip3 show openai

Method 2: pip list

To check the versions of all installed packages, use pip list and locate the version of openai in the output list of package versions sorted alphabetically.

This will work if your pip installation is version 1.3 or higher.

Here’s an example in my Windows Powershell, I’ve highlighted the line that shows that my package version is 0.27.0:

C:\Users\xcent>pip list
Package            Version
------------------ ---------
aiohttp            3.8.4
aiosignal          1.3.1
asn1crypto         1.5.1
async-timeout      4.0.2
attrs              22.2.0
certifi            2022.12.7
charset-normalizer 3.1.0
colorama           0.4.6
et-xmlfile         1.1.0
Faker              15.3.2
frozenlist         1.3.3
idna               3.4
memory-profiler    0.61.0
multidict          6.0.4
numpy              1.23.4
openai             0.27.0
openpyxl           3.0.10
pandas             1.5.1
pip                23.0.1
psutil             5.9.4
python-dateutil    2.8.2
pytz               2022.6
requests           2.28.2
setuptools         63.2.0
six                1.16.0
tqdm               4.65.0
urllib3            1.26.14
yarl               1.8.2

In some instances, this will not work—depending on your environment. Then try those commands before giving up:

python -m pip list
python3 -m pip list
py -m pip list
pip3 list 

Method 3: pip list + findstr on Windows

To check the versions of openai on Windows, you can chain pip list with findstr openai using the CMD or Powershell command: pip list | findstr openai to locate the version of OpenAI in the output list of package versions automatically.

Here’s an example for openai:

C:\Users\xcent>pip list | findstr openai
openai             0.27.0

Method 4: importlib.metadata.version

The importlib.metadata library provides a general way to check the package version in your Python script via importlib.metadata.version('openai') for library openai. This returns a string representation of the specific version such as '0.27.0'.

Here’s the code:

import importlib.metadata
print(importlib.metadata.version('openai'))
# 0.27.0

Method 5: conda list

If you have created your Python environment with Anaconda, you can use conda list to list all packages installed in your (virtual) environment. Optionally, you can add a regular expression using the syntax conda list regex to list only packages matching a certain pattern.

How to list all packages in the current environment?

conda list

How to list all packages installed into the environment 'openai'?

conda list -n openai

Regex: How to list all packages starting with 'openai'?

conda list '^openai'

Method 6: pip freeze

The pip freeze command without any option lists all installed Python packages in your environment in alphabetical order (ignoring UPPERCASE or lowercase). You can spot your specific package if it is installed in the environment.

pip freeze

Output on my local Windows environment:

C:\Users\xcent>pip freeze
aiohttp==3.8.4
aiosignal==1.3.1
asn1crypto==1.5.1
async-timeout==4.0.2
attrs==22.2.0
certifi==2022.12.7
charset-normalizer==3.1.0
colorama==0.4.6
et-xmlfile==1.1.0
Faker==15.3.2
frozenlist==1.3.3
idna==3.4
memory-profiler==0.61.0
multidict==6.0.4
numpy==1.23.4
openai==0.27.0
openpyxl==3.0.10
pandas==1.5.1
psutil==5.9.4
python-dateutil==2.8.2
pytz==2022.6
requests==2.28.2
six==1.16.0
tqdm==4.65.0
urllib3==1.26.14
yarl==1.8.2

For example, I have the Python package openai installed with version 0.27.0.


You can modify or exclude specific packages using the options provided in this screenshot:

Method 7: pip freeze + grep on Linux/Ubuntu/macOS

To check the versions of a single package on Linux/Ubuntu/macOS, you can chain pip freeze with grep openai using the CMD or Powershell command: pip freeze | grep openai to programmatically locate the version of your particular package openai in the output list of package versions.

Here’s an example for openai:

pip freeze | grep openai
openai==0.27.0

Related Questions

How to Check OpenAI Version in Python?

To check which version of OpenAI is installed, use pip show openai in your CMD/Powershell (Windows), or terminal (macOS/Linux/Ubuntu).

pip show openai

Linux – How to Check OpenAI Version in Python?

To check which version of OpenAI is installed, use pip show openai in your Linux terminal.

pip show openai

Ubuntu – How to Check OpenAI Version in Python?

To check which version of OpenAI is installed, use pip show openai in your Ubuntu terminal/shall/bash.

pip show openai

Windows – How to Check OpenAI Version in Python?

To check which version of OpenAI is installed, use pip show openai in your Windows CMD, command line, or PowerShell.

pip show openai

MacOS – How to Check OpenAI Version in Python?

To check which version of OpenAI is installed, use pip show openai in your macOS terminal.

pip show openai

Jupyter Notebook – How to Check OpenAI Version in Python?

To check which version of OpenAI is installed, add the line !pip show openai to your notebook cell where you want to check. Notice the exclamation mark prefix ! that allows you to run commands in your Python script cell.

!pip show openai

For example, this is a screenshot of how this looks for OpenAI in a Jupyter Notebook:

After installing it with pip install openai, it looks like this:

Terminal – How to Check OpenAI Version in Python?

To check which version of a given Python package is installed, use pip show openai in your terminal.

pip show openai

Conda/Anaconda – How to Check OpenAI Version in Python?

Use conda list 'openai' to list version information about the openai module installed in your (virtual) environment.

conda list 'openai'

How to Check OpenAI Version with PIP?

You can use multiple commands to check the package version with PIP such as pip show openai, pip list, pip freeze, and pip list.

pip show openai
pip list
pip freeze
pip list

How to Check OpenAI Version in VSCode or PyCharm?

Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) such as VSCode or PyCharm provide a built-in terminal where you can run pip show openai to check the current version of openai in the specific environment you’re running the command in.

pip show my_package
pip list
pip freeze

You can type any of those commands in your IDE terminal like so:

pip IDE check package version

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