Configuring Azure OpenAI Service with big-AGI

The entire procedure takes about 5 minutes and involves creating an Azure account, setting up the Azure OpenAI service, deploying models, and configuring big-AGI to access these models.

Please note that Azure operates on a 'pay-as-you-go' pricing model and requires credit card information tied to a 'subscription' to the Azure service.

Configuring big-AGI

If you have an API Endpoint and API Key, you can configure big-AGI as follows:

  1. Launch the big-AGI application
  2. Go to the Models settings
  3. Add a Vendor and select Azure OpenAI

The deployed models are now available in the application. If you don't have a configured Azure OpenAI service instance, continue with the next section.

In addition to using the UI, configuration can also be done using environment variables.

Setting Up Azure

Step 1: Azure Account & Subscription

  1. Create an account on
  2. Go to the Azure Portal
  3. Click on Create a resource in the top left corner
  4. Search for Subscription and select Create Subscription
    • Fill in the required fields and click on Create
    • Note down the Subscription ID (e.g., 12345678-1234-1234-1234-123456789012)

Step 2: Apply for Azure OpenAI Service

We'll now be creating "OpenAI"-specific resources on Azure. This requires to 'apply', and acceptance should be quick (even as low as minutes).

  1. Visit Azure OpenAI Service
  2. Click on Apply for access
    • Fill in the required fields (including the subscription ID) and click on Apply

Once your application is accepted, you can create OpenAI resources on Azure.

Step 3: Create Azure OpenAI Resource

For more information, see Azure: Create and deploy OpenAI

  1. Click on Create a resource in the top left corner
  2. Search for OpenAI and select Create OpenAI
  3. Fill in the necessary fields on the Create OpenAI page Creating an OpenAI service
    • Select the subscription
    • Select a resource group or create a new one
    • Select the region. Note that the region determines the available models.

    For instance, Canada East offers GPT-4-32k models, For the full list, see GPT-4 models

    • Name the service (e.g., your-openai-api-1234)
    • Select a pricing tier (e.g., S0 for standard)
    • Select: "All networks, including the internet, can access this resource."
    • Click on Review + create and then Create

After creating the resource, you can access the API Keys and Endpoints. At any point, you can go to the OpenAI Service instance page to get this information.

Step 4: Deploy Models

By default, Azure OpenAI resource instances don't have models available. You need to deploy the models you want to use.

  1. Click on Model Deployments > Manage Deployments
  2. Click on +Create New Deployment Deploying a model
    • Select the model you want to deploy
    • Optionally select a version
    • name the model, e.g., gpt4-32k-0613

Repeat as necessary for each model you want to deploy.