OpenAI has officially launched the GPT Store, a marketplace for GPTs (Generative Pre-trained Transformers), enabling developers to create custom chatbot apps powered by advanced AI models such as GPT-4 and DALL-E 3.
Located in a dedicated tab within the ChatGPT client on the web, the GPT Store features a variety of GPTs crafted by OpenAI’s partners and the broader developer community. Users can explore popular GPTs on the community leaderboard, categorized into areas like lifestyle, writing, research, programming, and education.
Access to the GPT Store is available to subscribers of OpenAI’s premium ChatGPT plans—ChatGPT Plus, ChatGPT Enterprise, or the newly introduced ChatGPT Team.
Some of the initial GPT offerings include a trail recommender from AllTrails, a code tutor from Khan Academy, and a content designer from Canva. These GPTs are currently free to use, with potential changes in the future.
Building GPTs is designed to be user-friendly, requiring no coding experience. Developers can specify the capabilities they desire in plain language using OpenAI’s GPT-building tool, GPT Builder. For example, a GPT could be trained on a cookbook collection to answer recipe-related questions or assimilate a company’s codebases for style checking and code generation.
GPT Store Features
While developers cannot charge for GPTs at launch, OpenAI plans to introduce a “GPT builder revenue program” in Q1, allowing U.S. builders to earn income based on user engagement with their GPTs.
Although the GPT Store was initially announced during OpenAI’s DevDay conference last year, its launch was delayed, likely influenced by leadership changes in November. The GPT Store’s introduction marks a step toward democratizing generative AI app creation and may impact consultancies that build similar applications for clients. The unfolding implications of this shift remain to be seen.