Create() got an unexpected keyword argument 'file'

Hey there!

I am trying to follow the instructions for passing files to the code interpreter here.

However, I am getting the error create() got an unexpected keyword argument 'file' when I try to follow that section of the documentation.

Here is my full file for context:

import openai
import sys
from pathlib import Path

client = openai.OpenAI()

# Check if a file path is provided
if len(sys.argv) < 2:
    print("Usage: python <file_path>")

file_path = sys.argv[1]

# Upload the file
    file = client.files.create(file=open(file_path, "rb"), purpose="assistants")
    file_id =

    instruction = """You are a helpful assistant. Please analyze the file and respond with a JSON object containing either the student's name or an error message. Use the format {"status": "success",
    "data": {
        "name": "Alice"
    } or {
    "status": "error",
    "error": {
        "message": "Student name not found in the file",
        "code": "NameNotFound"

    # Process the uploaded file and get a response in JSON format
    response =
        response_format={"type": "json_object"},
                "role": "system",
                "content": instruction,
                "role": "user",
                "content": "Here is the transcript for the student",

except FileNotFoundError:
    print(f"Error: File not found at {file_path}")
except Exception as e:
    print(f"An error occurred: {e}")

Do I have some syntax wrong? Or should I be sending the file in a message instead or something?
Thanks for your help!

On my Python 3.11.x (python 3.8-3.11 acceptable; 3.12 breaking):
pip install --upgrade openai

Then let’s avoid a variable name as keywordy and previously a built-in like “file”, and check the user didn’t input nonsense non-existing file.

import os
import sys
from openai import OpenAI

def is_valid_file(file_path):
    Check if the file path is valid and if the file exists.
    if not file_path:
        raise ValueError("No file name provided.")

    if not os.path.isfile(file_path):
        raise FileNotFoundError(f"File {file_path} does not exist.")

    return True

# Command line argument for file name
if len(sys.argv) != 2:
    print("Usage: python <file_name>")
    #sys.exit(1)  # can exit instead of using specified file name
    file_name = ""
    file_name = sys.argv[1]

# Check if the file is valid
    if is_valid_file(file_name):
        client = OpenAI()

        file_obj = client.files.create(
            file=open(file_name, "rb"),
        file_id_str =
              f"{file_obj.bytes/1024:.2f}kB uploaded for {file_obj.purpose},\n"
              f"id={file_id_str}; status:{file_obj.status}")

except Exception as e:
    print(f"Error: {e}"),
4.16kB uploaded for assistants,
id=file-nDfdijDfkfjiefFEFNddds; status:processed

(And now I have to get the assistant to use my snake game…)