How to add and use ChatGPT Plugins

Emre Çitak
May 31, 2023

OpenAI's ChatGPT has been making significant strides. With the introduction of ChatGPT Plugins, the landscape is about to evolve even further.

These innovative plugins, designed by third-party developers, bring enhanced functionality to ChatGPT by granting it access to the internet and specific services.

What are ChatGPT Plugins?

ChatGPT Plugins serve as valuable tools to augment the functionalities of ChatGPT. Developed with a core emphasis on safety, these plugins allow ChatGPT to access real-time information, perform computations, and utilize third-party services.

With the incorporation of Plugins, ChatGPT transcends its initial role as a simple chatbot and transforms into a dynamic platform for interaction and exploration.

By integrating Plugins, OpenAI aims to position ChatGPT as a strong competitor to other AI chatbots like Google Bard and Microsoft Bing AI.

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ChatGPT Plugins are third-party additions to popular chatbot by OpenAI - Image courtesy of OpenAI

How to use ChatGPT Plugins?

To make the most of ChatGPT Plugins, follow these simple steps:

  1. Get ChatGPT Plus: You need a ChatGPT Plus subscription to access Plugins
  2. Open ChatGPT settings: Go to the bottom left corner and click on "Settings"
  3. Enable beta features: Within the settings, select "Beta Features" to access experimental options
  4. Toggle the Plugins setting: Enable the Plugins functionality within ChatGPT
  5. Start a new chat: Enter the chat window to interact with ChatGPT
  6. Switch to GPT-4 model: Select the GPT-4 model to optimize Plugin performance
  7. Access the Plugin store: Open the dropdown menu and choose "Plugins" to enter the Plugin Store
  8. Choose and install Plugins: Browse the available Plugins, select the ones you want, and install them

By following these steps, you can enhance your ChatGPT experience with Plugins, gaining access to up-to-date information and specialized services.

A glimpse into the expanding plugin ecosystem

As of May 2023, there are approximately 85 ChatGPT Plugins available on the dedicated Plugin store. This number is expected to grow rapidly in the coming months as developers become more familiar with OpenAI's guidelines and the platform itself.

The development of these Plugins aims to seamlessly integrate existing websites and services into the ChatGPT platform, further expanding its capabilities.

What are the best ChatGPT Plugins out there?

With such a diverse and expanding ecosystem, ChatGPT is poised to offer a comprehensive and user-friendly experience.

Our recommendations on the best ChatGPT Plugins are as follows:

  • Wolfram
  • ChatWithPDF
  • Instacart
  • Video Insights
  • Kayak
  • Link Reader
  • KeyMate AI Search
  • OpenTable
  • Golden

Wolfram - Empowering ChatGPT with computation and knowledge

The Wolfram Plugin is a standout among the array of ChatGPT Plugins. It provides access to computation, math, curated knowledge, and real-time data.

By leveraging the power of WolframAlpha and Wolfram Language, this Plugin offers users accurate and comprehensive answers.

Whether users are seeking information on complex topics or the latest data trends, the Wolfram Plugin proves to be an invaluable resource.

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Wolfram serves as one of the best ChatGPT Plugins out there which enhances chatbot's capabilities - Image: Wolfram Alpha

ChatWithPDF - Seamlessly interacting with PDF files

ChatWithPDF is another remarkable Plugin that allows users to interact with PDF files effortlessly. By simply pasting the URL link of any PDF file, users can ask questions about its content within ChatGPT.

This Plugin proves particularly useful when dealing with large and complex documents, such as textbooks, reports, contracts, books, and papers. With ChatWithPDF, extracting vital information from PDF files becomes a seamless process.

Instacart - Simplifying grocery shopping and meal planning

For those seeking assistance with grocery shopping and meal planning, the Instacart Plugin is an excellent choice. This Plugin enables users to ask questions about recipes, ingredients, products, and prices.

With access to over 1.5 million products across more than 1,000 stores, the Instacart Plugin streamlines the shopping experience.

Additionally, once users receive personalized meal suggestions, the Plugin conveniently provides a clickable link to a pre-filled shopping basket.

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Instacart saves you from the hassle of meal planning and shopping - Image: Instacart

Video Insights - Unveiling the essence of YouTube videos

The Video Insights Plugin brings a new dimension to ChatGPT's capabilities. By pasting the URL of any YouTube video into the prompt, users can request a short summary of the video or ask questions about its content. Whether users seek inspiration for new YouTube video ideas or need a concise overview of a video's content, the Video Insights Plugin is a valuable tool. It should be noted that the Plugin currently supports videos up to 10 minutes in length.

Kayak - Optimizing travel planning

For travel enthusiasts, the Kayak Plugin offers a convenient solution. This Plugin allows users to inquire about flights, hotels, car rentals, and activities, providing personalized recommendations based on their preferences and Kayak's extensive database.

By utilizing the Kayak Plugin, users can quickly and conveniently find the best deals and book their dream trips.

Link Reader - Enriching prompts with Context

The Link Reader Plugin serves as a valuable tool for enriching prompts with additional context. By pasting any link into ChatGPT, users can utilize this Plugin to read and extract the content from the provided link.

This proves especially helpful when the ChatGPT web browsing feature encounters limitations or restrictions. The Link Reader Plugin enables seamless connectivity between ChatGPT and the internet.

KeyMate AI Search - Streamlining web browsing

Another plugin that enhances web browsing capabilities is KeyMate AI Search. By utilizing Google's search API, this Plugin scans and summarizes the top search results for a given keyword.

It analyzes text summaries from the first search page to provide ChatGPT with up-to-date responses.

KeyMate AI Search offers a valuable alternative to ChatGPT's built-in web browsing feature, particularly when some websites restrict access to non-human web visitors.

OpenTable - Discovering and booking restaurants

For food enthusiasts looking to explore new dining experiences, the OpenTable Plugin comes to the rescue. With this Plugin, users can ask ChatGPT to show them restaurants based on their location, cuisine preferences, budget, or other specific criteria.

Drawing from OpenTable's extensive database of over 60,000 restaurants worldwide, this Plugin provides users with tailored recommendations and convenient links for booking reservations.

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OpenTable allows you to get outstanding dining recommendations using ChatGPT - Screenshot: OpenTable

Golden - Accessing financial and business data

The Golden Plugin opens up a world of financial and business data to ChatGPT users. With this Plugin, users can easily retrieve company statistics and other market information. Golden Plugin acts as a gateway to more recent sources of financial data, empowering users with valuable insights.

With their ability to enhance ChatGPT's functionality by connecting it to the internet and specific services, these Plugins offer users expanded opportunities for interaction, knowledge acquisition, and convenience. As the Plugin ecosystem continues to grow and improve, ChatGPT is poised to become an even more indispensable tool for various tasks and scenarios. So why not explore the world of ChatGPT Plugins and unlock new possibilities with ease?


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  1. Seeprime said on September 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Missing from the “story”: Ukraine’s agreement to never use Starlink for military purposes. This is why.

    Ghacks quality is AI driven and very poor these days since AI is really artificial stupidity.

    1. Karl said on September 12, 2023 at 9:10 pm

      “Elon Musk biographer Walter Isaacson forced to ‘clarify’ book’s account of Starlink incident in Ukraine War

      “To clarify on the Starlink issue: the Ukrainians THOUGHT coverage was enabled all the way to Crimea, but it was not. They asked Musk to enable it for their drone sub attack on the Russian fleet. Musk did not enable it, because he thought, probably correctly, that would cause a major war.”

      1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

        I posted above comment to:

        Not to the following article about Geforce where I currently also can see it published:

  2. Anonymous said on September 11, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Well, using Brave, I can see Llama 2 being decent, but it is still not great?
    All these AI stuff seems more like a ‘toy’ than anything special, I mean, it is good for some stuff like translations or asking quick questions but not for asking anything important.

    The problem is Brave made it mostly for summarizing websites and all that, but all these Big tech controlled stuff, won’t summarize articles it doesn’t agree with, so it is also useless in many situations where you just want it to give you a quick summarization, and then it starts throwing you little ‘speeches’ about how it doesn’t agree with it and then it never summarizes anything, but give you all the 30 paragraphs reasons why the article is wrong, like if I am asking it what it thinks.

    SO all this AI is mostly a toy, but Facebook with all the power they have will be able to get so much data from people, it can ‘train’ or better say, write algorithms that will get better with time.

    But It is not intelligence, it is really not intelligence all these AI technology.

  3. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
    Article URL: []

    The eternal problematic of regulating, here applied to AI. Should regulations (interventionism) have interfered in the course of mankind ever since Adam and Eve where would we be now? Should spirituality, morality, ethics never have interfered where would we be now? I truly have always believed that the only possible consensus between ethics and freedom is that of individuals’ own consciousness.

    Off-topic : Musk’s beard looks like a wound, AI-Human hand-shake is a quite nice pic :)

    1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Haha, oh dear, Tom.
      I thought that the comments system issue where comments shows up under a totally different article was fixed. But seeing your comment here, the “error” is clearly still active. Hopefully it is sorted as soon as possible.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 6:40 pm

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        Hi Karl :) Well, let’s remain positive and see the good sides : one’s comment appearing within different articles (the one it was written form and for, another unrelated one) brings ubiquity to that comment : say it once and it’s published twice, double your pleasure and double your fun (“with double-mint, double-mint gum” and old ad!). Let’s forget the complications and inherited misunderstandings it leads to. Not sure the fun is worth the complications though. Which is why, with a few others here, I include Article Title & URL with comment, to ease a bit the pain.

        This said, I’m trying to find a logic key which would explain the mic-mac. One thing is sure : comments appearing twice keep the same comment number.

        For instance my comment to which you replied just above is originally :


        It then got duplicated to :


        Same comment number, which let’s me imagine comments are defined by their number as before but now dissociated in a way from their full path : that’s where something is broken, as i see it.

        First amused me, then bothered, annoyed (I took some holidays to lower the pressure), then triggered curiosity.
        I’m putting our best detectives on the affair, stay tuned.

      2. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 8:58 am

        Hehe, yes indeed, staying positive is what we should do. Good comes for those who wait, as the old saying goes. Hopefully true for this as well.

        Interesting that the comments number stays the same, I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.

        Not useful for us, but hopefully for the developers (if there are any?), that perhaps will be able to sort this comments error out. Or our detectives, I hope they work hard on this as we speak ;).

        Cheers and have a great weekend!

      3. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

        Whoops, my bad. I just now realized that the error I saw in your example URL (error-code-0x0003) was part of the linked article title and generated by Geforce! Oh dear! Why did I try to make it more confusing than it already is lol!

        Original comment:


      4. Tom Hawack said on September 16, 2023 at 9:20 am

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        @Karl, you write,

        “I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.”

        I haven’t noticed that up to now but indeed brings an element to those who are actually trying to resolve the issue.
        I do hope that Softonic engineers are working on fixing this issue, which may be more complicated than we can imagine. Anything to do with databases can become a nightmare, especially when the database remains accessed while being repaired, so to say.

        P.S. My comment about remaining positive was, in this context, sarcastic. Your literal interpretation could mean you are, factually, more inclined to positiveness than I am myself : maybe a lesson of life for me :)

        Have a nice, happy, sunny weekend as well :)

      5. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 12:35 pm

        Correct: AI is certainly overhyped, it’s also advertised by some shady individuals. It’s can also be misused to write poor quality articles or fake your homework.

        16 September 2023, this website is still experiencing issues with posts erroneously appearing in the wrong threads. There are even duplicates of the exact same post ID within the same page in some places.

      6. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 8:41 pm

        Clerical error “[It] can also be misused …” you just can’t get the staff nowadays.

        Obviously [#comment-4573795] was originally posted within [/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]. However, it has appeared misplaced within several threads.

        Including the following:

  4. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    “How much radiation is dangerous?
    Ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays, is more energetic and potentially harmful. Exposure to doses greater than 1,000 millisieverts (mSv) in a short period can increase the risk of immediate health effects.
    Above about 100 mSv, the risk of long-term health effects, such as cancer, increases with the dose.”

    This ban is about NON-ionizing radiation limits, because there is too much radio wave power from the iphone. This has nothing to do with the much more dangerous ionizing radiations like X-rays, that are obviously not emitted at all by mobile phones. I invite you to correct your article.

  5. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    “ makes history as the first official UFO website”

    I wonder if it’s just smelly crowdsourcing for the spotting of chinese balloons or whatever paranoia they’re trying to instigate, or if they are also intentionally trying to look stupid enough to look for alien spaceships, for whatever reason. Maybe trying to look cute, instead of among the worst butchers of history ?

  6. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    “The tech titan’s defense”
    “Whether he provides a clear explanation or justifies his actions”
    “the moral compass”

    You take it for granted that this company should agree being a military communications provider on a war zone, and so directly so that his network would be used to control armed drones charged with explosives rushing to their targets.

    You don’t need to repeat here everything you read in the mainstream press without thinking twice about it. You’re not just pointing interestingly that his company is more involved in the war that one may think at first and that this power is worrying, you’re also declaring your own support for a side in an imperialist killfest, blaming him for not participating enough in the bloodshed.

    Now your article is unclear on how this company could be aware that its network is used for such military actions at a given time, which has implications of its own.

    Reading other sources on that quickly, it seems that the company was: explicitly asked ; to extend its network geographically ; for a military attack ; at a time when there was no war but with the purpose of triggering it, if I understood well. You have to be joking if you’re crying about that not happening at that time. But today you have your war, be happy.

  7. Anonymous said on September 30, 2023 at 1:21 am

    comments and article dont match

  8. Gerald Brennan said on October 1, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    The writers were on strike?

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