Search API error through cURL

I am trying to access the search API through cURL but I keep getting “You didn’t provide an API key”. Answers API and file APIs works fine. Below is the cURL command I am using

curl -L -X POST ‘
-H ‘Authorization: BEARER API_KEY’
-H ‘Content-Type: application/json’
–data-raw ‘{ “documents”: [“White House”, “hospital”, “school”], “query”: “the president”}’

The Answers API call is as follows

curl -L -X POST ‘
-H ‘Authorization: BEARER API_KEY’
-H ‘Content-Type: application/json’
–data-raw ‘{
“file”: “file”,
“question”: “Whats an iterator”,
“search_model”: “ada”,
“model”: “curie”,
“temperature”: 0.7,
“examples_context”: “In 2017, U.S. life expectancy was 78.6 years.”,
“examples”: [[“What is human life expectancy in the United States?”, “78 years.”]],
“max_rerank”: 10,
“max_tokens”: 100,
“stop”: ["\n", “<|endoftext|>”]

Hello! Can you post a redacted version of your Answers api call as well to compare against? I can see you redacted your API_KEY but I’m not sure what the extra “s” in the Bearer is for.


@hallacy updated the post.

I also tried with Java, postman. Even they are not working. The only thing which is working is openai python api calls.

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This worked for me:

curl -L -X POST '' -H "Authorization: Bearer API_KEY" -H 'Content-Type: application/json' --data-raw '{ "documents": ["White House", "hospital", "school"], "query": "the president"}'

I think you just need to do BEARER->Bearer


@hallacy Thanks a lot, it worked.

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Dear Hallacy, to avoid any crossposts. Could you look at this issue as well? Your comment solved my first issue, but it is still not possible to use environment variables as API-KEY.

Many thanks :slight_smile:

Best, Jan