Quickstart terminal issue(help)

Greetings, OpenAI community!

During the quickstart tutorial - 4 Building your application phase, I have cloned and when adding my API key, I could not find project directory. Do I have to use Mac terminal?

Please look at the attached picture… If there is a related video tutorial, it would be extremely helpful!

Thanks guys!

Hi @Louisp

Welcome to the community.

Yes if you have macOS running.

Use powershell if you’re on windows, or linux terminal if you’re on linux.

Here’s the said tutorial from folks at AssemblyAI.


Much appreciated sukhman!!


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How may I install Python library? (from the video). I have already installed Python on VSC.

Last question, I have my generated secret API key.

Instruction says, I must make copy of a file using following code:

cd openai-quickstart-python
cp .env.example .env

But where can I do it?

You should just be able to rename the file extension, I believe. Just make sure it has your key in it.

Good luck!


Great!! Could you specify little bit? lastly, project directory = project folder?

Newbie so yea haha

Hi @Louisp

Before you start making mistakes changing thing you need to understand what you have now.

Your image shows a .env file already @Louisp

What is in that file now?


Thanks Ruby for quick reply!

I will check immediately as soon as I get back to my imac.

But perhaps, do you know what this means?

$ cd etc etc… → This type of codes must be inserted on terminal? not the actual codes?

Thanks community, really.

Yes of course I know.

These are basic unix / linux shell commands.

TBH, I personally consider explaining basic shell commands out-of-scope and too elementary level for this developer community.

Sorry to be so candid, @Louisp

Maybe study and practice elementary linux shell commands first @Louisp ?


Ruby, you maybe right. I do not have thorough developer experience.

Could I go with Python? That would lead to ML path which our organization is currently in.

Thank you for honest opinion.


In case you want to learn from scratch: Python for beginners - Training | Microsoft Learn

Thanks, @ruby_coder , @sps

Have an amazing day! :slight_smile: