How to configure Zapier Actions with OpenAI’s GPT

Step-by-step guide on how to add additional capabilities to your GPT.

Roman Orac

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AI assistant with superpowers (image created with DALLE-3)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the recent announcement from OpenAI — GPT.

GPT is a customized version of ChatGPT for a specific purpose. You can customize a GPT with your data or API calls. If others find it useful you can make some money with it (allegedly OpenAI plans to share revenue).

One great way to “make a GPT more useful” is with Zapier, which already has 5K+ integrations. Eg. you can edit a Google spreadsheet or send an Outlook email with the help of Zapier.

While there is official Zapier documentation on how to include actions into a GPT, it’s badly written to say it mildly — this is the main motivation for this article.

In this article, I describe how to configure and trigger a simple Zapier action from a GPT: Schedule an event in Google Calendar based on your description.

Note:

  • You’ll need a ChatGPT Plus subscription to access GPTs
  • Zapier integration is in the alpha testing phase. It’s still a bit buggy. Eg. I couldn’t edit a Google Sheet, despite Zapier reporting a successful edit.

Creating a Zapier action

Let’s start by creating a Zapier action: “Quick Add Event in Google Calendar”.

  1. You can specify Zapier action by following the URL below:
https://actions.zapier.com/gpt/actions/

2. Click on Add a new action.

Specifying action in Zapier (screenshot by author)

3. Configure the action details:

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