HuggingChat is an open-source alternative to ChatGPT


Hugging Face has released HuggingChat, an open-source chatbot. You can try it for free in your browser or customize it to your needs.

Hugging Face has become an integral part of the AI ​​community. The code repository plays an essential role for developers to quickly make models available to a wide audience.

The growing demand for computing power is met primarily by Amazon servers, as Hugging Face and AWS have had an ongoing partnership for some time.

Hugging Face is now using these servers for its first potentially massive project: HuggingChat is intended to be the first true open-source alternative to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The chatbot can be found at and is free to use.


New interface for OpenAssistant

At first glance, the interface is very similar to ChatGPT. On the left is a bar with the latest chats, and most of the browser window is taken up by the current chat. At least for now, users cannot log in to save their conversations for a longer period of time.

Like ChatGPT, HuggingChat generates text in natural language or in a specific format on request. Out of the box, it can also generate code, including handy syntax highlighting – something Google did not offer in Bard until weeks after its launch. The chatbot also responds quickly and is roughly on par with GPT-3.5-turbo.

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HuggingChat is based on OpenAssistant, a project launched last December as an open-source competitor to ChatGPT. A chat interface similar to HuggingChat has been freely available since mid-April 2023.

In both cases, the language systems are based on a 30-billion-parameter LLaMA model. Like Alpaca or Vicuna, the models are “instruction-tuned” and, unlike ChatGPT, have not been improved by reinforcement learning with human feedback (RLHF).

According to Hugging Face, OpenAssistant isn’t the end of the story: Eventually, the platform wants to make all “high-quality chat models” available through a single hub.


current version of HuggingChat does not store any chat data according to Hugging Face, and there are no user accounts. HuggingChat does not have access to any existing Hugging Face account. In the future, there may be an option to share chat data with model providers for optimization purposes.

We are not going to stop at replicating ChatGPT. We want to build the assistant of the future, able to not only write email and cover letters, but do meaningful work, use APIs, dynamically research information, and much more, with the ability to be personalized and extended by anyone. And we want to do this in a way that is open and accessible, which means we must not only build a great assistant, but also make it small and efficient enough to run on consumer hardware.

Open Assistant on GitHub

The HuggingChat code is fully accessible. This makes it possible to run a copy of it in your own environment and customize it, eg change the model, add UI elements or save exchanged messages.

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