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How To Get Your Own OpenAI API Key in 2 Minutes

OpenAI allows anyone to sign up and get an API key. You do not have to be a developer, a business or an AI specialist.

1. Sign up for an account here at

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Useful Tip

At sign up, OpenAI gives you a free $5 worth of credits towards API usage. This will likely last you a few months.

2. After sign up, login to your openai account and go the View API keys screen

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3. Press the "+ Create new secret key" button

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4. You will be given the option to name the key, then press the green "Create secret key" button

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5. A new pop up will appear displaying your API key

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6. Copy and save this key in a safe place. This is a one time deal, you will not be able to view the key again.

Go to your Usage Limits screen and add a "Soft limit" of $5 and a "Hard limit" of $10. This ensures you will never spend more than $10 without your permission. And unless you are writing millions of words a day, $10 is plenty.

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Important Tip

Don't worry if you lose the API key. You can always delete it and create a new key at any time.