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OpenAI Introduces Plugin Support For ChatGPT

OpenAI introduces plugin support for ChatGPT. It can now access the web, interpret code, and retrieve data from custom knowledge bases.

  • OpenAI expands ChatGPT plugin support, enhancing its capabilities and allowing access to up-to-date information.
  • Initial plugins include a web browser, code interpreter, and open-source retrieval plugin for custom knowledge bases.
  • Plugin alpha access is gradually rolling out, with plans to increase availability over time.

OpenAI announced the introduction of plugin support for ChatGPT.

This development aims to enhance the language model’s capabilities, allowing it to access up-to-date information, perform computations, and use third-party services.

OpenAI plans to gradually roll out plugins and study their real-world use, impact, and potential challenges.

Expanding ChatGPT’s Functionality

Plugins have been anticipated by users and developers alike as they unlock a wide range of use cases for ChatGPT.

Language models have limitations, relying solely on their training data for information.

Plugins can serve as “eyes and ears,” granting models access to more recent, personal, or specific information.

Additionally, plugins enable the AI to perform safe, constrained actions on users’ behalf.

Two plugins OpenAI is hosting include a web browser and a code interpreter.

OpenAI is also open-sourcing the code for a knowledge base retrieval plugin, allowing developers to augment ChatGPT with their own information.

Browsing & Code Interpreter Plugins

OpenAI’s browsing plugin allows ChatGPT to access information from the internet, expanding its knowledge base beyond the training data.

This enables the AI chatbot to provide more up-to-date and accurate information.

Screenshot from:, March 2023.


OpenAI’s code interpreter plugin grants ChatGPT the ability to use Python and handle uploads and downloads in a sandboxed environment.

Initial user studies have found the code interpreter to be useful for solving mathematical problems, data analysis, visualization, and file format conversion.

Retrieval Plugin

OpenAI’s open-source retrieval plugin allows ChatGPT to access personal or organizational information sources, such as files, notes, emails, or public documentation.

As a self-hosted solution, developers can deploy their own version and register it with ChatGPT. It uses OpenAI embeddings and supports various vector databases for indexing and searching documents.

Third-Party Plugins

Plugin support links ChatGPT with external apps, giving it the power to interact with developer-defined APIs.

This enhances ChatGPT’s abilities, enabling it to accomplish many different tasks.

With plugins, ChatGPT can do the following:

  • Fetch real-time info, like sports scores, stock market updates, or the latest headlines
  • Access knowledge-base data, such as company documents or personal notes
  • Perform actions for users, like booking flights or ordering food

The first batch of plugins comes from companies including Expedia, FiscalNote, Instacart, KAYAK, Klarna, Milo, OpenTable, Shopify, Slack, Speak, Wolfram, and Zapier.

Screenshot from:, March 2023.


Plugin alpha access is being extended to users and developers on a waitlist.

Initially, access will be limited to a selection of developers and ChatGPT Plus users, with plans to increase access gradually.

In Summary

OpenAI’s introduction of plugin support for ChatGPT marks a significant step towards enhancing the capabilities of language models.

The browsing, code interpreter, and retrieval plugins are just the beginning.

As the development and integration of plugins continue, the ChatGPT ecosystem will become increasingly useful, creating new opportunities for users and developers alike.

Source: OpenAI

Featured Image: Muhammad S0hail/Shutterstock

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SEJ STAFF Matt G. Southern Senior News Writer at Search Engine Journal

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OpenAI Introduces Plugin Support For ChatGPT

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