Code Interpreter and ChatGPT: A New Era of AI Programming

Code Interpreter - Laptop With Code

Welcome to our exploration of OpenAI’s latest feature, the Code Interpreter. We will teach you everything you need to know about how the Code Interpreter Plugin works and how to get the most out of it.

Introduction to the Code Interpreter

The Code Interpreter is more than just a feature; it’s a revolutionary tool that brings Python code execution into the heart of ChatGPT. This groundbreaking innovation allows you to interact with AI in ways you’ve never imagined.

The Code Interpreter is not just about running code; it’s about crafting tailored solutions to your questions in real-time. It’s like having a personal AI programming assistant at your fingertips, capable of composing and executing Python code to meet your specific needs. 

This tool is transforming how we interact with AI and enhancing the fundamental capabilities of our digital experiences. Get ready to explore the limitless potential of the Code Interpreter. You can find more information about Code Interpreter on the official OpenAi Site.

Understanding the Code Interpreter

The Potential of Code Interpreter

The Code Interpreter brings the power of Python to the conversational interface of a chatbot, expanding its capabilities beyond the typical text generation of a Large Language Model (LLM).

The Code Interpreter plugin from OpenAI is revolutionizing how we interact with AI and the fundamental capabilities of our computers. 

Code Interpreter Plugin is available to all ChatGPT Plus users. ChatGPT Plus costs $20 monthly and is worth paying for the Code Interpreter Plugin feature alone, but you also currently get access to GPT-4 and ChatGPT Plugins. You can read more about them in our ChatGPT Plugin Guide.

Once you have ChatGPT Plus, you can go to settings, Beta Features, and enable it.

Enable Code Interpreter

It’s like a personal AI programming assistant, capable of composing and executing Python code to meet your needs. It offers significant features like code execution, self-correction, and the ability to make modifications after code generation and file uploading and downloading. 

It also has data analysis and visualization applications, image processing, and mathematical problems. The code interpreter can enhance your digital experience with the ChatGPT model and boost your productivity.

Uploading Files to ChatGPT Code Interpreter

With Code Interpreter you can now upload files by clicking the plus button next to the chat window. You can upload multiple files or even a bunch of compressed files in a .zip, and Code Interpreter will extract them!

ChatGPT Code Interpreter File Upload

Once you have uploaded a file, you can ask ChatGPT Code Interpreter to perform tasks with the file. Keep reading to see how we do incredible data analysis on a CSV file.

The Concept of Running Python Code Inside ChatGPT

Code Interpreter can create and run Python code inside of the Chat GPT window, allowing it to develop Python code to solve problems and then iterate over the output from the generated code to answer further any questions it may have.

If you have read our SuperAGI or AutoGPT articles, it is doing a somewhat similar process within the Chat GPT window. Below is an example of Python code being created to interpret a CSV file that I provided it.

Code Interpreter Python Execution

Generating Plots with Code Interpreter

Importing Necessary Libraries

The Code Interpreter can import the necessary Python libraries to complete almost any task. Generating plots is just one of many use cases.

Plotting Data with Code Interpreter

For example, you can import libraries like pandas and matplotlib and then plot a list of numbers with a simple command. Code Interpreter will do this automatically, or you can specify the library you want it to use.

Code Interpreter importing file

Finding the Most Popular Blog Post

The Code Interpreter can load the data, analyze it, and provide the result, all within a chatbot conversation. Here is an example of our site’s top 10 most popular blog posts by engagement time.

Code Interpreter Plot / Graph

The Conversational Nature of Code Interpreter

Ease of Use

One of the standout features of the Code Interpreter is its ease of use. There’s no need for complex code or complicated syntax. It generally provides some suggestions and asks if you would like to proceed.

Natural, Conversational Interaction

You can ask the Code Interpreter to perform a task, and it will do it in a natural, conversational manner. When I first imported the data from our site, there was too much info to look good when plotted or graphed. I was feeling particularly lazy and decided to say, “That looks bad can you fix it?” to my surprise, it did!

Code Interpreter Conversational example

The Limitations and Potential of the Code Interpreter

Understanding the Limitations

While the Code Interpreter is a powerful tool, it’s essential to understand its limitations.

  1. Programming Language Support: The Code Interpreter is designed to work with Python. This means that if you’re using a different programming language, the tool might not be able to process and run your code.
  2. Lack of Web Connectivity: The Code Interpreter isn’t internet-connected. As a result, it’s unable to retrieve real-time data from the web or use online APIs, which could limit its functionality in certain tasks that require online resources.
  3. Limited Session Duration: The Code Interpreter operates within a session that only lasts for a specific duration. This means it can only maintain the state of your code for a limited period, and tasks that take a long time to run might be cut off.

The Potential for Future Development

However, these limitations outweigh its potential. As the technology evolves, we can expect to see even more capabilities added to the Code Interpreter.

Alternatives to Code Interpreter

Recently, Meta AI released Code Llama, a fine-tuned Llama 2 model for coding purposes. It is open source and could be a cost-effective alternative to Code Interpreter. You can see our guide to installing Code Llama completely free on your local machine.

Code Interpreter Demo

Here is a detailed video from NeuralNine showcasing Code Interpreters’ strengths.


Recap and Final Thoughts

The Code Interpreter has significantly reshaped how we engage with AI, particularly ChatGPT. It has paved the way for many possibilities, including the ability to execute code, analyze data, generate visualizations, modify files, and perform complex mathematical operations.

This wide array of capabilities marks a substantial leap forward in the field of AI.

Looking Forward to Future Possibilities with ChatGPT

As we cast our eyes toward the future, the potential of the Code Interpreter is vast. It harnesses the power of the GPT model, which is specifically fine-tuned for coding tasks. This adaptability makes it an invaluable tool for developers across diverse technology stacks.

The Code Interpreter’s ability to seamlessly execute code, interact with uploaded files, analyze data, create insightful charts, modify files, and conduct complex mathematical operations is nothing short of impressive.

We anticipate discovering even more innovative applications as we continue to test their boundaries and explore their potential.

In conclusion, the Code Interpreter is more than just a groundbreaking tool—it’s a glimpse into the future of AI. As we deepen our understanding of its capabilities, we can expect a future where AI becomes an even more essential part of our daily lives, streamlining complex tasks and enhancing our efficiency.

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