What Are the Best ChatGPT Alternatives? 12 ChatGPT Rivals

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The launch of ChatGPT in 2024 ushered in a revolution in the technological world.

ChatGPT brought to market an AI-powered chatbot that could not only answer users’ queries with generated text but could also write articles, content, code, and many more things.

In the months since, more and more AI-powered natural language processing (NLP) tools have cropped up, and the competition among large language models (LLMs) is becoming increasingly intense.

What are the major competitors of ChatGPT? Read on to learn about other notorious market players that could become top ChatGPT rivals.

Key Takeaways

  • Generative AI is essential for creating intelligent chatbots, and the most popular one is ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI. 
  • This AI chatbot is capable of processing large volumes of data and providing intelligent responses to user queries. It can engage in follow-up questions, mimicking human-like interactions. 
  • The top ChatGPT competitors, such as Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, Google DeepMind, and others, are also striving to improve their own chatbot products by making them more efficient, secure, and user-friendly.
  • The major competitors of ChatGPT are Anthrophic‘s Cloude, Meta’s Lama, and Microsoft’s Bing Chat (Copilot). 

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What Is ChatGPT?

ChatGPT is an AI chatbot developed by Microsoft-backed OpenAI that launched in November 2022.

It is a member of the generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) family of language models. ChatGPT is based on GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 families of LLMs and can query the internet via the Bing search engine.

ChatGPT has been trained by using supervised and reinforcement learning models. It is also a sibling of InstructGPT, which has been trained to follow the user input in detail and respond promptly.

This LLM can process large volumes of data accurately and interact with users intelligently, just like another human being.

ChatGPT’s capabilities will likely evolve significantly over time, particularly as OpenAI has confirmed it is working on the next-generation GPT-5 language model.

According to recent reports, GPT-5 could hit the market as early as mid-year, potentially in June or July.

ChatGPT Statistics 2024: Key Market Data

  • ChatGPT boasts a user base of over 180.5 million monthly users and 100 million weekly active users, OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman announced at its first-ever developer conference.
  • Within just five days of its launch, ChatGPT reached a remarkable milestone of 1 million users.
  • More than 80% of Fortune 500 companies have integrated ChatGPT into their operations.
  • ChatGPT owner OpenAI generates an estimated $1 billion in annual revenue through licensing fees, subscriptions, and investments. ChatGPT, its popular chatbot, is a significant contributor to its income.

Generative AI and ChatGPT Competition

Generative AI is a type of AI that can generate text images, videos, and other content in response to a user prompt based on its training data. ChatGPT is an example of a text-based generative AI solution.

One of the key advantages of generative AI is that it can produce content with fewer resources. On the other hand, these tools can use copyrighted training data and automate human jobs.

In the emerging market of AI chatbots, generative AI is a real game changer. It takes every piece of data available on the web and trains the AI models.

While ChatGPT is the biggest, a range of competitors, from Google and Meta to Anthropic and Amazon, are using LLMs, deep learning, and fine-tuning to establish dominance in the market.


According to a Bloomberg Intelligence report, the generative AI market is poised to expand, growing to $1.3 trillion by 2032, which will drive the emergence of new ChatGPT competitors forward.

The most commonly reported business functions for generative AI tools are in marketing and sales, product and service development, and service operations, such as customer care and back-office support, McKinsey’s data shows.

McKinsey's Generative AI market analysis

Who Are the Main Competitors of ChatGPT?

There are a number of promising ChatGPT competitors in the AI LLM space. Below, we’ll be exploring some of the ChatGPT alternatives one by one.

12 ChatGPT competitors

12. GitHub CoPilot

GitHub Copilot is an AI-driven coding assistant designed to help software developers create code using the Codex LLM. The solution is designed to provide auto-complete suggestions for code and syntax while the user is typing.

Unlike ChatGPT, GitHub Copilot was designed specifically to help developers produce code faster.

A detailed comparison of the two chatbots showed that GitHub Copilot is the go-to tool for developers seeking immediate, context-aware coding assistance within an IDE. On the other hand, ChatGPT is better for the early stages of development, offering broad, conversational guidance and in-depth explanations.

11. Jasper AI

Jasper is an AI virtual assistant and copilot assistant that’s designed specifically to help produce marketing content with GPT-3.5.

With Jasper, a user can scan their website alongside resources like style guides and product catalogs to give the chatbot an understanding of the organization’s brand voice.

Jasper’s ability to create tone of voice-centric marketing content differentiates it from ChatGPT’s general-purpose text generation.

The latest Jasper review qualified Jasper AI as one of the best AI writing tools to assist freelance writers, content creators, sole traders, and marketing executives.

10. Amazon’s New Language Model 

Amazon is another big player in the generative AI marketplace. Earlier this year, it proposed the multimodal chain of thought LLM, which was reportedly significantly more efficient than GPT 3.5.

On the ScienceQA benchmark, this new Amazon language model outperforms GPT3.5 by 16 percentage points (75.17%). The ScienceQA benchmark is a big collection of annotated responses to multimodal science questions.

This indicates that Amazon’s LLM is more efficient at handling complex reasoning.

9. Amazon Codewhisperer

Amazon Codewhisperer is another AI tool that’s been designed specifically for developers. It uses NLP and ML algorithms to check code and provide real-time recommendations.

At a high level, Amazon’s ChatGPT competitor helps developers improve productivity by generating code recommendations. Amazon Codewhisperer is also free for developers at the time of writing.

8. Perplexity AI

Perplexity AI is an AI chatbot based on GPT-3 and GPT-4 that acts like a search engine, scanning the internet to respond to user queries. Perplexity AI was originally released in August 2022.

One notable feature included with Perplexity AI is that it also shows the source of the information it provides to the user.

In this sense, Perplexity AI offers a high degree of transparency over its sources and can provide real-time information taken from across the internet.

Perplexity AI is capable of changing the online search experience and SEO, offering a personalized and transparent alternative to Google.

Since the start of the year, Perplexity has hit a valuation of $520 million but developed an impressive following of 10 million monthly users.

7. Stability AI

Stability AI is an AI startup founded in 2019 valuation, which has gained significant popularity due to its diffusion model, Stable Diffusion. Stable Diffusion is a text-to-image tool that enables users to generate detailed images.

Stable Diffusion is often compared to DALL-E, a proprietary generative AI image app accessible through ChatGPT.

The organization also boasts several other multimodal solutions. This includes Stable AI, a text-to-audio solution that turns written prompts into 44.1 KHz stereo audio, and the “harmless” natural language generation model stable Beluga.

6. Midjourney

Midjourney is another emerging AI vendor that’s developed its own machine learning model, also called Midjourney, which can convert text prompts into images.

The solution, accessible through the Discord chat app, can make high-quality and high-resolution images for users to download directly to their devices.

Midjourney is a key rival to ChatGPT’s DALL-E. While Midjourney is particularly suited for artistic, realistic, and abstract imagery, DALL-E is celebrated for its user-friendly interface and ability to produce images quickly.

5. AI21 Labs

AI21 Labs is a Tel Aviv-based AI startup offering a platform called AI21 Studio, which provides users access to a series of pre-trained LLMs like Jurassic-2.

The platform can add natural language generation, text summarisation, and paraphrasing capabilities to external applications.

4. Google Gemini (ex-Bard)

One of ChatGPT’s biggest competitors in the market is Google Bard, an AI-driven chatbot launched in March 2023 that uses training data taken from across the web to inform its responses.

Google’s ChatGPT competitor, Bard, was originally built on language models for dialogue applications (LAMDA) and now includes Google’s next-generation LLM PaLM 2.

The key difference between Bard and ChatGPT is that Bard processes data taken from the public web and Google Apps and Services, while ChatGPT uses a mix of a proprietary training data set and results taken from Bing.

On February 8, 2024, Google rebranded Bard chatbot as Gemini and rolled out a paid subscription plan.

3. Microsoft Bing Chat (Copilot)

Another key competitor in the LLM market is Microsoft Bing Chat, an AI-powered version of Microsoft’s Bing search engine launched in February 2023.

As Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, said upon release, “AI will fundamentally change every software category, starting with the largest category of all – search.”

Bing Chat uses GPT-4 as its underlying LLM, giving it an advantage over ChatGPT based on the less powerful GPT-3.5. Bing Chat performs better at answering search queries and providing more relevant results at the time of writing.

In November 2023, Microsoft rebranded Bing Chat to Copilot to better compete with chatGPT.

“Bing Chat and Bing Chat Enterprise will now simply become Copilot,” explained Colette Stallbaumer, general manager of Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Copilot is available via a sidebar in the Edge web browser, as well as on a desktop on Windows 11. With CopIlot, you can enter search queries with text or images or conduct a voice search.

2. Meta Llama 

Llama 2 is Meta’s open-source large language model produced by Meta, which supports up to 70 billion parameters and is trained on 40% more data than the original version of Llama.

This LLM uses training data from as recently as July 2023 and has comparable scores to GPT-3.5 under the Massive Multitask Language Understanding (MMLU) scoring system. However, one of Llama 2’s main selling points is that it is free for research and commercial use.

In April 2024, Meta launched Llama 3, its latest AI model boasting high performance and accessibility via Meta AI in certain regions, and promises further enhancements.

Kjell Carlsson, Ph.D, head of strategy at Domino Data Lab, told Techopedia:

“It is practically a given that Llama 3 will quickly become the de facto standard for companies looking to build truly differentiating GenAI applications.

“Unlike GPT-4 and Gemini — giant, proprietary models that must be hosted in the cloud — Llama 3 provides enterprises with a free, open-source model that they can control, fine-tune, and build on and which they can host wherever they need it.”

1. Claude

Claude is a next-generation AI assistant produced by Anthrophic that uses natural language processing to generate conversational text.

Claude can summarise, search, and create content and creative writing in a more conversational format than ChatGPT.

Other key differences are that it can also process files uploaded by the user, and it supports a large number of words for each prompt with 100,000 context tokens compared to ChatGPT’s 8,000 (if using GPT4).

In March 2024, Anthrophic announced the launch of Claude 3 model family. It includes three state-of-the-art models in ascending order of capability: Claude 3 Haiku, Claude 3 Sonnet, and Claude 3 Opus.

The company said:

“All Claude 3 models show increased capabilities in analysis and forecasting, nuanced content creation, code generation, and conversing in non-English languages like Spanish, Japanese, and French.”

The Bottom Line

Based on the range of tools above, we can conclude that generative AI tools will disrupt many aspects of human life.

At this point, ChatGPT is the most popular AI chatbot. But the competitors are also developing new, unique features and initiatives.

Some chatbots are generic, and others target specific use cases. Although it is very difficult to predict the future of AI chatbots, they will likely change our lives significantly in the near future.

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Kaushik Pal
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Kaushik Pal
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Kaushik is a technical architect and software consultant with over 23 years of experience in software analysis, development, architecture, design, testing and training. He has an interest in new technologies and areas of innovation. He focuses on web architecture, web technologies, Java/J2EE, open source software, WebRTC, big data and semantic technologies. He has demonstrated expertise in requirements analysis, architectural design and implementation, technical use cases and software development. His experience has covered various industries such as insurance, banking, airlines, shipping, document management and product development, etc. He has worked on a wide range of technologies ranging from large scale (IBM…