How to Use OpenAI API with Python 3?

Ayyaz Zafar
3 min readApr 3, 2024


Welcome to this tutorial on how to use the OpenAI API with Python 3. In this article, we will walk through the steps to set up a virtual environment, install the necessary dependencies, and write code to interact with the OpenAI API. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a basic understanding of how to harness the power of OpenAI in your Python projects.


Before we begin, make sure you have the following:

  • Python 3 installed on your computer
  • A text editor or IDE (e.g., VS Code)
  • An OpenAI API key

Setting Up the Environment

  1. Open your terminal and create a new folder for your project.
  2. Navigate to the project folder and open it in your preferred text editor.
  3. Start a virtual environment by running the following command:
python -m venv env

4. Activate the virtual environment:

source env/bin/activate