How to use OpenAI Playground?

Govind Dheda

One of the most advanced AI modes that can be used to generate natural language content within a development environment is OpenAI’s Playground. You do not need special skills; anyone can use them to learn and explore knowledge. This tool lets you do various things, like summarizing complex subjects. In this article, I am here to help you understand OpenAI Playground and how you can use it.

What is OpenAI Playground?

You may have heard of ChatGPT, which uses the GPT model but has a conversation user interface that is easier to interact with and has several filters to avoid risk. OpenAI Playgrounds is designed for those who want more out of it. Here, they have developed tools and more options to test OpenAI models. The OpenAI Playground platform is built on top of deep learning frameworks like TensorFlow, PyTorch, and Keras, which offer underlying algorithms and libraries.

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In simple terms, it is for users who want to experiment with OpenAI models and datasets without going through the process of implementing the OpenAI API on their own. It has pre-built models like speech-to-text, image generation, natural language processing, and other AI tasks. Users can also upload their data to train and test their models.

Note: It is primarily used to test the output of codes developers write before releasing them to the public.

What can I do with OpenAI Playground?

There are several things you can do, but here are some things that OpenAI Playground suggests and has templates to begin with.

  • Grammatically correct English
  • Summarize for a second grader.
  • Text to command
  • English to other languages
  • Parse unstructured data
  • Classification
  • Natural language to Python
  • Explain code and more.

How to use OpenAI Playground?

It can do everything ChatGPT can do and comes with a free trial.

  • Visit the OpenAI Product page in your browser.
  • Click on “Get Started.” This will take you to the OpenAI Login page.
    • If you already have an account, log in to continue. Otherwise, click on “Sign up” to create a new account. You will be asked to verify your email and mobile number.
  • After this, the OpenAI Platform Tools will open, and you will find the Playground on the top navigation menu.
  • Click on Playground to open the OpenAI Playground.
  • Now, you have a large text box in the middle and adjustment settings on the sidebar.

Start with Asking Questions

  • In the large text box, enter what you want to use it for. This is called the prompt.
  • Let us try correcting grammar. For this, we will be using a preset, which you can choose from the “Load a Preset…” option that appears.
    • We are using a preset because it does not chat like ChatGPT.
  • We will select “Grammatically correct English” from there to correct our sentences.
    • This preset will enter a prompt for you that you can change. A better prompt means better results in the context of your needs.
  • Enter the text in the text box.
    • You can also speak or upload an audio file instead of writing by clicking on the microphone icon in the text box’s upper-right corner. To speak, click on “Start recording.” You can upload an audio file by clicking “Upload audio from computer” or drag and drop your audio file.
  • Then click on “Submit” to get results.
    • If you want it to generate more, insert a break after the end of its response and then hit “Submit” to let OpenAI continue generating a response.


  • Keep an eye on our OpenAI Playground Credits because if they expire, you will not be able to continue.
    • To check your usage, navigate to Personal > Manage Account > Usages.
    • OpenAI gives $18 worth of tokens, but it is enough for a free trial of OpenAI Playground, which expires after three months. After that, users need to purchase credits to use OpenAI Playground.

How to Use GPT-4 Model in OpenAI Playground

Regular users can’t use GPT-4 with OpenAI Playground. Users with OpenAI’s GPT-4 API can use the GPT-4 Model in OpenAI Playground.

Get More with OpenAI Playground

You can use different adjustment settings on Playgrounds, like the Temperature adjustment used to fine-tune the output. To get different outputs, try increasing the Temperature from 0 to higher based on your preferences.

Understand OpenAI Playground Advanced Settings

We have discussed some of the options above, but if you want to learn about them in-depth, here are the features one-by-one. This will appear on the Playground’s sidebar; by adjusting this, you can do more than the default options.


  • Complete: Default mode that encourages AI to follow up on the previous conversation. It means it can remember where you left off last time.
  • Insert: It will fill the blank spot by itself.
  • Edit: Instead of adding new content, it will edit the existing prompt and give you a revised edition of your content.
  • Chat: This is a new addition to the Playground. Here, you can have a conversation.


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You can pick which OpenAI model you want to use to perform actions. text-DaVinci-003 is the fastest and most powerful model based on the GPT-3 model. Do read the description for each model when switching between A-models.

  • It is advised to experiment with ideas and prompts.
  • Try different models. You can find the Model Selection in the OpenAI Playground Sidebar.
    • text-DaVinci-003: It’s based on the GPT-3 model.
  • Temperatures: You can adjust how creative you want to be with this setting.
  • Maximum Length: With this, you can set the output limit.

Other options from the sidebar are more applicable to developers. If you are a developer, check out the following documents via OpenAI.

To check what else you can do, go to OpenAI Examples to see how to do a specific task. From the OpenAI Playground Example page, you can search and choose categories. Clicking on an example will show an API call; to load it exactly, click on Open in Playground. You can then modify and submit your request to process.

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