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Anton Dosov
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Pipe a file stream from AWS S3 to OpenAI Whisper in Node.js

Current (2023-03-01) OpenAI Whisper API expects a file uploaded as part of multipart/form-data in POST request. I initially struggled to use this API inside Node.js with an audio file stored in an AWS S3 bucket, so thought I'd share a working snippet:

The API usage example from the OpenAI docs in the following:

curl --request POST \
  --url \
  --header 'Authorization: Bearer TOKEN' \
  --header 'Content-Type: multipart/form-data' \
  --form file=@/path/to/file/openai.mp3 \
  --form model=whisper-1
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The Node.js + AWS S3 snippet that seemed to work for looks like this:

import fetch from "node-fetch";
import AWS from "aws-sdk";
import fs from "fs";
import FormData from "form-data";

// Set the region and access keys for your AWS account
    region: 'eu-central-1',
    accessKeyId: '***',
    secretAccessKey: '***'

// Create an S3 client
const s3 = new AWS.S3();

// Set the bucket and file key
const bucketName = 'openai-sample';
const fileKey = 'path/to/file/openai.mp3';

// Set the parameters for the S3 getObject operation
const params = {
    Bucket: bucketName,
    Key: fileKey

// Get audio metadata to retrieve size and type
s3.headObject(params, function(err, data) {
    if (err) throw err;

    // Get read object stream
    const s3Stream = s3.getObject(params)

    // create form data to be send to whisper api
    const formData = new FormData();
    // append stream with a file
    formData.append('file', s3Stream, {
        contentType: data.ContentType,
        knownLength: data.ContentLength,
        filename: fileKey
    formData.append('model', 'whisper-1');

    fetch('', {
        method: 'POST',
        body: formData,
        headers: {
            'Authorization': 'Bearer TOKEN',
    }).then(res => res.json()).then(json => console.log(json.text));
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Anton Dosov

Added a snippet for aws-sdk@3 here