OpenAccessGPT is an open-source, privacy-focused, unofficial alternative to ChatGPT. It uses OpenAI APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to enable communication with GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 (early access, more info here) by using your own OpenAI API key.
Please note that by using your own OpenAI API key you will be billed at pay-as-you-go rate, separate from any ChatGPT Plus subscription you may have. To learn about pricing, visit OpenAI's website: https://openai.com/pricing
Privacy concerns in certain regions, such as Europe, stem from the potential use of user messages exchanged via the ChatGPT interface to train OpenAI models without proper user consent or legal basis. While OpenAI is currently addressing these issues, OpenAccessGPT uses the APIs of OpenAI which - differently from the ChatGPT interface - ensure that the data sent will not be used to train the AI model as per OpenAI's documentation below:
Excerpt from OpenAI ChatGPT API documentation (direct link):
Do you store the data that is passed into the API?
As of March 1st, 2023, we retain your API data for 30 days but no longer use your data sent via the API to improve our models.
So we created this open-source unofficial alternative to ChatGPT that by using the APIs of OpenAI and your own private API key (that you can find or create here) interacts with OpenAI GPT models (GPT3.5 and GPT4) without that your data will be used to train the OpenAI model.
In OpenAccessGPT, your chat data is exclusively stored in your browser storage. You can export and import all your chats to restore them on another browser or computer always in OpenAccessGPT or access to them using other apps.
OpenAccessGPT can be used in two ways, and in both you are using it at your own risk as per the MIT opensource license:
- Online demo (recommended for testing only): Try the Chat - in this demo our server only downloads the web app to your browser; no data will be sent to it and the app in your browser will interact directly with OpenAI APIs.
- Installing it on your computer (preferred option): following the instructions here under our "Install Locally" section.
This open-source unofficial alternative to ChatGPT is therefore exclusively a bridge to use OpenAI APIs with a chat interface similar to ChatGPT.
OpenAccessGPT was created by forking another open-source project from Cogent Apps as you can see from our Github repository. We are hugely thankful to the community behind that project without which OpenAccessGPT would not be possible and we welcome pull requests to merge changes. Essentially we removed all the backend/user-account part, added localization to other languages and implemented local import/export of chat history.
Here below you can try OpenAccessGPT and also join our Discord server in case you need support from us or want to join the community. We hope you'll enjoy it!
- If you are based in Italy, it is important to note that even if ChatGPT is momentarily effectively blocked and only accessible via VPN, to use OpenAccessGPT you will not be required to use a VPN as the APIs are not subject to the inquiry and restrictions of the Italian DPA ("Garante della Privacy"). We hope that many Italians who are now using untrusted VPNs to access ChatGPT or other unsafe services or apps will have a new security-focused alternative at their disposal.
Finally, we recommend that you check out our GitHub repository, as all the code contained there will either run on your machine or you will actually use it at your own risk via the chat interface of OpenAccessGPT.