GPTs vs Assistants
GPTs are custom versions of ChatGPT that users can tailor for specific tasks or topics by combining instructions, knowledge, and capabilities. They can be as simple or as complex as needed, addressing anything from language learning to technical support. Plus and Enterprise users can start creating GPTs at chat.openai.com/create. GPT’s live inside of ChatGPT and are intended to be created by anyone using a simple UI.
The Assistants API allows you to build AI assistants within your own applications. An Assistant has instructions and can leverage models, tools, and knowledge to respond to user queries. The Assistants API currently supports three types of tools: Code Interpreter, Retrieval, and Function calling. Assistants are designed to be created by developers using the OpenAI API.
Feature comparison table
The main differences between GPTs and the Assistants API are in the table below:
Requires coding for integration
Located in ChatGPT
Can be integrated into any product or service
Included in ChatGPT on Plus/Enterprise plans
Billed based on usage of different Assistant features
Built-in UI with ChatGPT
Designed for programmatic use; can use playground for visualization
Built-in ability to share GPT with others
No built-in shareability
GPTs hosted by OpenAI
OpenAI does not host Assistants
Built-in tools like: Browsing, DALL·E, Code Interpreter, Retrieval, and Custom Actions.
Built-in tools like: Code Interpreter, Retrieval, and Function calling.