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November 25, 2023

OpenAI Announces GPT Store

Users can soon build their own GPT application and publish on GPT Store.

Jim Clyde Monge
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Jim Clyde Monge

I was in the midst of composing an article titled “OpenAI’s GPT Store is Coming,” following Sam Altman, OpenAI’s CEO, revealing at his Dev Day keynote that a GPT application store would debut this month.

I anticipated the launch in the third or fourth week, but surprisingly, it went live just two days after the announcement. That was unexpectedly quick.

So, in this article, let’s explore what the GPT store is and why you should care.

OpenAI ChatGPT GPTs
OpenAI ChatGPT GPTs

What is GPT Store?

The GPT Store serves as a marketplace where users can find and access various GPTs, customized versions of ChatGPT designed for specific purposes.

Users can also create and publish their own GPTs to the GPT Store. To do this, users need to create a GPT account and then submit their GPT for review. Once a GPT has been approved, it will be published to the GPT Store and made available to other users.

“We believe if you give people the tools, they will do amazing things,” — Sam Altman , CEO of OpenAI.

How to access the GPT Store

Head over to ChatGPT and click on the “Explore” button at the upper left side of your screen. This will redirect you to the Discovery page.

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From the Discovery page, you can explore the top GPT apps and give them a try, or you can create your own GPT.

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For instance, a GPT named Dall-E, powered by OpenAI’s Dall-E 3, generates images upon request.

Prompt: An image of an astronaut riding a horse on the moon

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Now, let’s try another GPT app called Coloring Book Hero. The app takes any idea and turns it into whimsical coloring book pages. Let’s use the same prompt as above.

Prompt: An image of an astronaut riding a horse on the moon

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Awesome! Do you see the advantage of having these GPT apps? These are task-specific instances of ChatGPT that let you save time without having to spend so much time crafting the perfect prompt to achieve a specific task.

You can make money

This is something that will surely excite some users. Making money with a no-code app? Hell yes!

According to OpenAI, you’ll be able to earn money based on how many people are using your GPT.

It’s not clear at this point whether devs can simply charge for their GPT app or whether it will be strictly revenue sharing with OpenAI.

Note: At the time of writing this post, GPTs built by users are not showing up on the Explore page of ChatGPT yet.

Building your own GPT app is pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re interested in a tutorial, let me know in the comments—I will make one.

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OpenAI GPT editor

A new App Store for AI

OpenAI’s move to establish an independent platform may lead to competition with major companies like Apple and even its perennial patron, Microsoft.

Speaking of Microsoft, OpenAI could be making another partnership with them. Microsoft is about to debut its own Copilot models specific to tasks like Office tools, and it certainly sounds like GPTs might run headlong into those enterprise-level models.

How cool is it to be able to build custom GPTs for Office apps or even Windows OS?

Final Thoughts

The new GPT Store from OpenAI is really exciting! It’s great because now anyone can make apps without needing to know how to code. This means more people can create cool apps.

Plus, being able to make money from these apps is a big bonus. I just hope OpenAI keeps it fair for everyone, not taking too much of the revenue they earn.

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