Why Drupal’s OpenAI Module Shifts the Game for Developers

05 Dec 2023 By Nick
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Step into a realm where ancient placeholder text scrolls—yes, we're talking about the venerable Lorem Ipsum—fade into myth.

The OpenAI module for Drupal is leading this charge, offering a glimpse into a future where the old Latin placeholder text is rendered obsolete.

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The idea here is a world where every piece of content is tailored, relevant, and engaging, all with greater ease than before. This isn't a tale of fantasy; it's the reality that the OpenAI module makes possible.

Such a tool infuses the power of AI into the heart of your website, enabling you to generate meaningful text that resonates with your audience. Say farewell to the days of placeholder text and welcome a new chapter of content that captivates.

So in this article, I'll explore how this innovative module is redefining the way we think about and create content for the web:

  • how to acquire, install, and begin using Drupal module from OpenAI;
  • a bunch of cool ways to up your CMS game with it;
  • why the days of Lorem ipsum are likely over. 

Navigating the alpha stage: early adopters take note

For us Drupal developers, the OpenAI module in its alpha release is a touchpoint for innovation within the increasingly-prevalent Drupal 10.

It represents a significant shift not just in content creation but also in streamlining our backend processes, too. This module is designed to automate and enhance content workflows, from auto-generating text that aligns with user intent to providing content analysis that can inform SEO strategies.

Early users have the unique opportunity to influence the refinement of these processes. By integrating with Drupal 10, the module allows developers to test its capabilities, report on its performance, and suggest improvements. Such a collaborative effort is crucial in evolving the module from a promising alpha to a stable release that can revolutionize content management. It also speaks to the open source-based philosophy of Drupal.

While the alpha status indicates that the module is still under development and may have limited functionality, it also means that those who engage now can be part of the collaboration to enhance Drupal's AI integration.

It’s a living draft 📝 where anyone can theoretically take part in the writing.


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The OpenAI Drupal module's potential to enhance the way we knock out our CMS tasks should reduce the manual burden on content creators, allowing for more focus on strategy and design.

For the open source community, it's a chance to lead the charge in adopting AI-powered tools that make content management more intuitive, efficient, and impactful.

Steps to harness the OpenAI module

Embarking on the quest to integrate OpenAI's capabilities into your Drupal site begins with a few essential steps. 

This section will walk you through the process from installation to configuration, making sure you have all the tools at your disposal to strengthen your content management system with the power of AI.

Installation of the module from Drupal.org

The first step is to acquire the OpenAI module. Navigate to Drupal.org and search for the OpenAI module or directly visit drupal.org/project/openai.

Download the module compatible with Drupal 10, as this is the required version for the module to function correctly. Once downloaded, install it on your Drupal site using the standard module installation process, which can be done through the Drupal admin interface or via Drush, Drupal's command-line tool.

Obtaining and setting up an API key from OpenAI

With the module installed, the next step is to connect it to OpenAI's services. This requires an API key, which serves as a unique identifier for your requests to OpenAI's servers. 

To obtain this key, you'll need to create an account on the OpenAI website. Once registered, navigate to the API section and follow the prompts to generate a new API key. This key will be the bridge between your Drupal site and OpenAI, enabling the flow of data for content generation.

Configuring the module settings in Drupal

After securing your API key, it's time to weave it into your Drupal site's configuration. In your Drupal admin dashboard, locate the OpenAI module settings. Here, you will enter your new API key, which will authenticate your site's communication with OpenAI.

The module settings also offer a range of options to tailor the AI's behavior to your needs. You can specify which of the following types you want the AI to assist with: content, media and block types. This granular control ensures that the AI-generated content is relevant and appropriate for your site's various sections.

To take it further, the module allows for customization of the AI's creative process. You can adjust settings such as:

  • the AI model used for content generation, 
  • the level of creativity or randomness in the responses, and 
  • even the tone of the generated content. 

These settings give you the power to fine-tune the AI's output, ensuring that it aligns with your site's voice and content strategy.

By following these steps, you'll have successfully set up the OpenAI module on your Drupal site. Now you're ready to add something new to the content creation process.

With everything in place, you're now poised to explore the full potential of AI in content management, leaving behind the mundane for a future where content is not just created but crafted with intelligence.


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Integration via WYSIWYG, entity forms, & admin interface

The OpenAI module for Drupal works with your website through three primary integration points. Each serves a unique purpose so that AI's touch is felt throughout the content management process - from the visible layers of content editing to the underlying administrative controls.

A touch of AI in content editing: WYSIWYG toolbar

The WYSIWYG toolbar is the mage's staff for content creators—a tool that shapes and molds the written word.

Our new favorite module here adds a new button to this toolbar, allowing authors to summon AI-generated content directly within the content editing interface. This seamless integration means that generating a draft, crafting a summary, or even translating text can be done without ever leaving the editor.

It's a simple yet powerful addition that brings AI assistance to the forefront of the content creation experience 🤯.

Entity forms enhanced with AI capabilities

Entity forms in Drupal are the backbone of content structure—defining the fields and formats for all types of content. The OpenAI module enhances these forms with AI capabilities, allowing for dynamic content suggestions and enhancements based on the context of the entity.

For instance, when creating a new article, the module can suggest tags or categories or even generate a compelling summary based on the body text. This integration puts AI's benefits not just within limited text generation, but also extending to improving the overall content management workflow.

Centralized control = a magician’s precision

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For site administrators, the OpenAI module gives us a dedicated administrative interface—a command center for controlling the AI's parameters. Here, admins can enter and manage the OpenAI API key, configure which content types will have AI features, and set global preferences for how the AI interacts with content.

This centralized interface is crucial for maintaining control over the AI's creative freedoms. We want to know that the content generated is in harmony with the site's ethos and editorial guidelines.

The admin interface also allows for:

  • monitoring the usage of the AI services,
  • keeping track of API calls and
  • managing quotas.

This oversight is essential for  maintaining the quality of content, and for being confident that the integration is cost-effective and sustainable.

By integrating into these three areas, the Drupal OpenAI module makes itself more and more of a core aspect of the content management experience. It gives us a level of customization and control, making it a versatile tool for sites of all sizes and types. A future where all content is not just created but is truly intelligent and hopefully, very useful is now just ahead of us.

Banishing Lorem ipsum: the “dawn of relevant content”

The OpenAI module for Drupal heralds a new age where the monotonous Latin of Lorem ipsum is replaced by content that pulsates with relevance and dynamism.

With the integration of OpenAI, developers and content managers can now populate their websites with intelligent, context-aware text generated on-the-fly. This AI-driven content is not just coherent; it's crafted to mirror the intent and style of the site which provides a richer user experience. Remember that as with most generative AI, the more info and context and detail you input, the better your output will be.

The module's ability to understand and adapt to the content's subject matter ensures that every placeholder is a potential preview of the compelling narrative to come.


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Our industry is in the midst of a shift in the standard content creation paradigm. As the OpenAI module evolves, the Drupal community will be at the forefront of this change, ready to embrace a future where every word is tailored to inform, engage, and convert.

Unique features of the OpenAI Drupal module

Have you tried altering the sentiment of the generated content? It's worth playing around with, I think. Content creators can now steer the emotional tone of text to align with their messaging goals, whether they seek to inspire, educate, or entertain.

Another innovative feature is suggesting taxonomy terms. By analyzing the content, the module can propose relevant tags and categories, making certain that each piece of content is not only well-crafted but also well-organized and discoverable 🙋.

This is a boon for SEO and user navigation, as it helps to construct a web of related content that enhances the user experience. See screenshots of examples from Drupal, here.

The module also extends its capabilities to more than just text. It can assist in creating descriptive alt text for images, providing a more accessible web experience while contributing to SEO efforts. It can also summarize long articles, making it easier to create digestible content for readers on the go.


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Despite being in the early stages of development, the OpenAI Drupal module is actively used by a growing number of websites. There’s some real potential here, as well as excitement generated within the Drupal open source community.

Developers and content managers are actively integrating it into their workflows, eager to leverage AI to elevate their content strategy. Despite its alpha status, the module’s growing adoption shows a shift in the content management landscape. 

It's a glimpse into a future where AI tools like the OpenAI module are not just novelties but essential components of the content creation toolkit.


The OpenAI module for Drupal is at the forefront of a content revolution. It offers a suite of tools that promise to redefine the way we think about and engage with digital content. From the seamless integration of the WYSIWYG toolbar to the intelligent enhancements of entity forms, and the centralized control of the admin interface, this module is setting the stage for a new era of content management.

I'm a big fan of the capability to replace the age-old Lorem ipsum with content that is both dynamic and relevant. The OpenAI module is turning the routine task of content creation into an opportunity for innovation. 

The days of the classic Latin placeholder texts are fading into legend. Instead, you can conjure up relevant, dynamic content with the wave of your digital wand (or, more accurately, a click of a button in CKEditor 5). 

This integration with OpenAI's ChatGPT aims to bring a spark of creativity and relevance to your content creation process in Drupal.

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Its ability to fine-tune sentiment and suggest taxonomy terms automates and enriches the editorial process for sure. Let’s make our content not only more engaging…but also more discoverable!

As we look to the future, the OpenAI module for Drupal invites content creators, developers, and digital strategists to join in its development journey. Jump in if you're interested for sure. By taking part in this collaborative effort, you can help shape the module's trajectory, ensuring it meets the community's needs and unlocks the full potential of AI in content creation.

Nicholas Silverman
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