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Version: 3.9.0

Proxy OpenAI Requests

OpenAI provides access to state-of-the-art AI models, such as GPT-3, for various applications including natural language processing, text generation, and more. Integrating OpenAI's APIs into your applications can unlock powerful capabilities for text analysis, content generation, and other AI-driven tasks.

APISIX provides capabilities for secret management, response streaming, rate limiting, and more, making it an excellent choice for proxying requests from OpenAI's API endpoints.

This guide will show you how to configure APISIX to integrate with OpenAI APIs while using proxy-rewrite to attach API key to every request.


Obtain an OpenAI API Key

Create an OpenAI account and an API key before proceeding. You can optionally save the key to an environment variable as such:

OPENAI_API_KEY=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   # replace with your API key

Create a Route to OpenAI API

Create a route to OpenAI's chat endpoint and use proxy-rewrite plugin to attach the API key to request headers:

curl "" -X PUT -d '{
"id": "openai-chat",
"uri": "/v1/chat/completions",
"plugins": {
"proxy-rewrite": {
"headers": {
"set": {
"Authorization": "Bearer '"$OPENAI_API_KEY"'"
"upstream": {
"scheme": "https",
"nodes": {
"": 1
"type": "roundrobin"

❶ Configure the route to OpenAI API's chat endpoint. You can adjust the endpoint per your need.

❷ Attach OpenAPI API key to Authorization request header.

❸ Set the scheme to HTTPS.

❹ Set the upstream node to OpenAI's API domain.


Send a POST request to the route with a question in the request body:

curl "" -X POST \
-H "Host:" \
-H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-d '{
"model": "gpt-3.5-turbo",
"messages": [
"role": "system",
"content": "You are a computer scientist."
"role": "user",
"content": "Explain in one sentence what a Turing machine is."

You should see a response similar to the following:

"choices": [
"index": 0,
"message": {
"role": "assistant",
"content": "A Turing machine is an abstract mathematical model that manipulates symbols on an infinite tape according to a set of rules, representing the concept of a general-purpose computer."
"logprobs": null,
"finish_reason": "stop"

See OpenAI's API specifications for more information about how to compose the request.

Next Steps

You have now learned how to integrate APISIX with OpenAI. See OpenAI's API reference to learn more about OpenAI's capabilities.

If you would like to integrate with OpenAI's streaming API, you can use the proxy-buffering plugin to disable NGINX's proxy_buffering directive to avoid server-sent events (SSE) being buffered.

In addition, you can integrate more capabilities that APISIX offers, such as rate limiting and caching, to improve system availability and user experience. Logo

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