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How to Make a Custom GPT

Making a Custom GPT

Custom GPTs, a feature of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, enable users to tailor AI to specific needs or interests. These can range from simple language learning tools to complex technical support systems. OpenAI Plus and Enterprise users can build these custom GPTs.

Why Make a Custom GPT?

Custom GPTs can be incredibly versatile, catering to a wide range of specialized needs. For instance, imagine a language teacher wanting to enhance their students’ learning experience. They could create a custom GPT specifically designed for language tutoring. This GPT could be programmed to converse in the target language, offer grammar explanations, and provide custom exercises. It would be an interactive tool, capable of engaging students in dialogues, correcting their mistakes in real-time, and even adapting to each student’s proficiency level. Such a GPT could transform language learning, making it more interactive, personalized, and accessible.

In the business realm, a custom GPT could be developed as an innovative customer service assistant. This AI could be tailored to understand and respond to specific industry jargon, handle common customer queries, and even escalate complex issues to human representatives. It could integrate with a company’s database to provide real-time order updates, process returns, or offer personalized product recommendations based on customer history. This not only enhances the customer experience but also streamlines the workload on customer service teams, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks that require human intervention.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Custom GPTs

1. Getting Started

  • Login: Access the GPT builder by logging into your OpenAI account at chat.openai.com. You need a Plus or Enterprise account.
  • Navigate: Go to “Explore” and select “Create a GPT”.

2. Building Your GPT

  • Create Panel: In the GPT builder, use the Create panel to describe your desired GPT to the GPT Builder, e.g., “a creative assistant for generating product visuals” or “a code-formatting software engineer”.
  • Interaction: Interact with your GPT in the Preview panel to refine its functionality.

3. Configuration

  • Settings: Switch to the Configure tab for detailed settings.
    • Profile Picture: Choose an existing image or use DALL·E to create one.
    • Instructions: Provide specific guidelines on the GPT’s behavior and restrictions.
    • Knowledge Sources: Upload files for your GPT to reference, enhancing its responses.
    • Capabilities: Enable advanced features like web browsing, DALL·E image generation, and data analysis.
    • Custom Actions: Integrate third-party APIs or use existing plugin manifests.

4. Advanced Customization

  • Prompt Starters: Add example prompts to guide user interactions.
  • Name and Description: Assign a unique name and description to your GPT.

5. Publishing

  • Review: Ensure your GPT meets your requirements.
  • Publish: Choose “Publish” and decide who can access your GPT – just you, anyone with a link, the public, or, for Enterprise users, anyone in your organization.

6. Sharing and Managing

  • Share: Use the “Copy link” option to distribute your GPT.
  • Edit: To modify your GPT, use the Edit option next to it in the Explore section.
  • Delete: If necessary, delete your GPT from the More options (…).

Additional Notes

  • Privacy Controls: You can opt out of model training for enhanced privacy.
  • Continuous Refinement: Regularly interact with and update your GPT for optimal performance.
  • Verification: Always verify the accuracy of your GPT’s responses, especially in its beta phase.


With OpenAI’s GPT builder, creating a custom GPT is a straightforward process, enabling users to tailor AI to their specific needs. Whether it’s for learning, business, or entertainment, the possibilities are vast and diverse.