OpenAI API – or How I Made My Python Code Intelligent

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In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how I integrated ChatGPT intelligence into an app I’m currently working on. It’s really simple, so let’s get started!

Step 1: Create a Paid Account with OpenAI

I’m not affiliated with OpenAI in any way. However, to use it, you need to create a (paid) account to create an API key that you’ll need in order to connect ChatGPT with your code.

πŸ‘‰ Click here to create an account and connect it with your credit card

I use it a lot and pay only a couple of cents per day so it’s really inexpensive for now.

Step 2: Get Your API Key

Open the link and navigate to Personal > View API keys.

Now, click the + Create new secret key button to create a new API key:

Now copy the API key to your clipboard:

Step 3: Pip Install OpenAI

Use your version of pip to install the openai module by running a command similar to the following (depending on your local environment):

  • pip install openai
  • pip3 install openai
  • pip3.11 install openai

As I’ve installed Python 3.9 at the point of writing, I used pip3.9 install openai:

You can check your Python version here and learn how to install a module here.

Step 4: Python Code to Access OpenAI

Copy and paste the following code into a Python script (e.g., named and also paste your API key from Step 2 into the highlighted line (string):

import os
import openai

openai.api_key = "<copy your secret API key here>"

response = openai.Completion.create(
    prompt="What is the answer to all questions?",


You can modify the other highlighted line "What is the answer to all questions?" to customize your input prompt. The output after a few seconds will look like this:

  "choices": [
      "finish_reason": "stop",
      "index": 0,
      "logprobs": null,
      "text": "\n\nThere is no one answer to all questions as each question has its own unique answer."
  "created": 1674579571,
  "id": "cmpl-6cGvr0TM2PGsExeyG3NEx43CrNwSx",
  "model": "text-davinci-003",
  "object": "text_completion",
  "usage": {
    "completion_tokens": 19,
    "prompt_tokens": 8,
    "total_tokens": 27

Unfortunately, it couldn’t figure out the answer 42. πŸ˜‰