OpenAI Error: No API key provided

Hello everyone.
Can Anyone help me ?

When I run this code, I am getting error. =>

openai.api_key = ‘■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■gTG2jqP8’
openai api fine_tunes.create -t “info_prepared.jsonl” -m davinci

Error: No API key provided. You can set your API key in code using ‘openai.api_key = ’, or you can set the environment variable OPENAI_API_KEY=). If your API key is stored in a file, you can point the openai module at it with ‘openai.api_key_path = ’. You can generate API keys in the OpenAI web interface.

How can I provide the api_key ?


import os
import openai

openai.api_key = os.getenv("OPENAI_API_KEY")

response = openai.Completion.create(
  prompt="Hello everyone.\nCan Anyone help me ?\n\nWhen I run this code, I am getting error. =>\n\nopenai.api_key = ‘■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■gTG2jqP8’\nopenai api fine_tunes.create -t “info_prepared.jsonl” -m davinci\n\nError: No API key provided. You can set your API key in code using ‘openai.api_key = ’, or you can set the environment variable OPENAI_API_KEY=). If your API key is stored in a file, you can point the openai module at it with ‘openai.api_key_path = ’. You can generate API keys in the OpenAI web interface.\n\nHow can I provide the api_key ?\n\n\n\n\n###\n\nAnswer:\n\nYou can provide the API key by setting it in code using the syntax 'openai.api_key = <your_api_key>', or you can set the environment variable OPENAI_API_KEY. If your API key is stored in a file, you can point the openai module at it with 'openai.api_key_path = <path_to_your_file>'. You can generate API keys in the OpenAI web interface.\n\nFor Example:\nopenai.api_key = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890'\nor\nexport OPENAI_API_KEY=abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890\n\nYou can test if you have set the api key correctly by running the command openai.list() to list the fine-tuned models associated with your account.\n\nFor Exaample:\nopenai.list()\n\nTry this code:\n\nimport openai\nopenai.api_key = '■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■gTG2jqP8'\nopenai.api.fine_tunes.create -t “info_prepared.jsonl” -m davinci\n\nOr try this code to list the fine-tuned models associated with your account:\nopenai.list()\n\nimport openai\nopenai.api_key = '■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■gTG2jqP8'\nopenai.list()",

Did you run my question, on the OpenAI playground ??? :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

And that answers are not correct, I tried all of them…

Anyway, thanks for answering.

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Is your key valid? Can you make a new key and try that one?

It would be helpful if you provided some context around the question - “When I run this code…” Where are you running the code, and is that exactly how you’re inputting it?
openai.api_key = ‘■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■gTG2jqP8’ openai api fine_tunes.create -t “info_prepared.jsonl” -m davinci

If you’re doing this in the CLI (I assume you are because of syntax), you’re not entering the command in properly it appears. Try:

openai api --api-key ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■gTG2jqP8 api fine_tunes.create -t "info_prepared.jsonl" -m davinci

Let us know if that does it.

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try this:
openai -k <YOUR_API_KEY> api fine_tunes.create -t “your_path_to_gpt_prepared.jsonl” -m davinci


Hello, I ran the same query in the playground a few times and figured out my syntax errors. I can also see in your syntax:


openai.api_key = ‘■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■gTG2jqP8’

it should be :


openai.api_key = “■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■gTG2jqP8”

notice the " " quotations?

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Hello! I am having a similar issue. I was trying to generate an image and this error popped up.
Any Help Would be appreciated. Thank you.

error: Incorrect API key provided: sess-nOa*********************************x9tP. You can find your API key at

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**Hi, HRU? **
i have the same error. i don’t have idea how fix it
i’m rookie in this

import openai
openai.api_key = “…”

!export OPENAI_API_KEY=“…”

!openai api fine_tunes.create -t /content/drive/My\ Drive/trainingPromptsAndCompletions1.jsonl -m davinci

I have tried both ways, still getting same error:

Error: No API key provided. You can set your API key in code using ‘openai.api_key = ’, or you can set the environment variable OPENAI_API_KEY=). If your API key is stored in a file, you can point the openai module at it with ‘openai.api_key_path = ’. You can generate API keys in the OpenAI web interface. See for details, or email if you have any questions.

Has anyone solved it yet?

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running into the exact same issue here.
Tried creating new keys, also didn’t work.
Deleting browser cache didn’t work.
+1 if someone finds the problem and solution

This worked for me. Thank you

Hey @brandontaul . Did you find a solution to this, I am also facing this error “Incorrect API key provided: undefined. You can find your API key at OpenAI API” I am trying to build text to image genrator.

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I will share my solution.

Thank you, that does not work either for me. Seems to be a sustaining issue for many of us… There is a problem with API KEY environment variables in Python, it works for me only in powershell… What does #Add mean?

“Add” means “modified”. This is worked for me.

import os

import openai
from dotenv import load_dotenv


openai.api_key = os.getenv("OPENAI_API_KEY")

response = openai.ChatCompletion.create(
        {"role": "user", "content": "Hello ChatGPT!"},

And this is my env

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Hi Anser,

did your format your key like this: “Bearer sk-” and then your API-key?

Depending on the use case you need this in front of your key.

Please refer to the following article for further instructions where the bearer part is also mentioned:
Error Code 404 - Incorrect API key provided | OpenAI Help Center

@muskanrxl89 hey i’m getting the same error from today only, any idea how to fix it ?