Business LLM Software Architecture

OpenAI’s Take on API Key Management

Managing API keys across client projects is often a mess. Personal emails, random agency accounts, and tangled permissions are the norm. Most platforms' org setups are a pain (looking at you, GitHub).

OpenAI's doing something interesting with their API key creation:

  1. User-owned keys:

    • Tied to your account
    • Works for the selected project
    • Gets killed if you're booted from the org/project
  2. Service account keys:

    • Creates a bot member for the project
    • Generates an API key for this bot

Why it's neat:

  • Clear ownership separation
  • Org keeps control even when people leave
  • Simpler than most org setups

It's not perfect, but it's a step up from the usual chaos.

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