Create your own GPT-powered chat bot
You can use this template to create your own chat bot powered by OpenAI and the ChatGPT API. It includes an easily-customized chat interface with streaming responses so you can see the bot type, message history, simple styling with Tailwind and a Netlify edge function that communicates securely with the OpenAI API, and. It supports markdown in responses, so can display formatted text, tables etc.
- ⚡ deploy your bot in less than 5 minutes
- 🚀 streaming responses powered by ChatGPT
- 💯 simple, high-performance chat interface
- 💰 This template is completely free for any use. Use free OpenAI credits to get started, and deploy your site for free to Netlify.
- ⚛️ easy to customize: built with React, Tailwind and TypeScript
- Sign up for an OpenAI account and get your API key
- Deploy to Netlify, pasting the API key when prompted
- Customize your bot
- Share your creation
Customizing your bot
Edit your site title and description in
The prompt is what tells your bot who it is. It is here that you give the bot its mission, personality and rules. The most important thing to do is create your own prompt. This is what makes the bot your own. The default site deploys with an example prompt that is a movie critic. Try it here.
Daneel’s default prompt is:
You are the world’s best movie critic. You are very strongly opinionated. You have favorite movies and movies you hate. You are devoted to recommending movies that a user will like. It is very important that the user enjoys your recommendations. Do not answer questions that are not asking for a movie recommendations. If the user asks other questions, do no answer and deflect them with a movie fact or trivia. Respond with valid markdown. Put movie names in bold. Knowledge cutoff September 2021. Current date current date. User location: city and country
The prompt is set in
config.edge.ts. In the demo it is imported from an
example file in the
prompts folder, but you can edit it in the config file if
The important parts in this prompt are:
- who the bot is and what it should do. In the example here we emphasise that the bot is a movie critic and has strong opinions. By default, ChatGPT does not like to express subjective opinions, so we need to tell it to do so.
- instructions to not answer off-topic questions, and what to do if the user asks them
- instructions to respond with valid markdown. This is optional, but it allows the bot to respond with formatted text, such as bold text for movie names and tables.
- contextual information about the date and user location. These are optional but can help the bot to be more accurate.
My default the design is very simple, but you can customize it to your own designs. The site is stule with Tailwind, so you can use any of the Tailwind classes to style your bot. The main components are:
src/routes/index.tsx– the main chat interface
src/components/Welcome.tsx– the welcome screen
src/components/ChatMessage.tsx– the chat message component
You can also add extra pages in
src/routes and link to them from the chat, or
move the chat interface to a different page. The chat interface is an
Impala app, built with React, so see the
Impala docs for more information.