Blocking OpenAI ChatGPT from accessing and utilizing your Joomla website content

OpenAI ChatGPT is a large language model chatbot that has been trained on a massive dataset of text and code. It can generate text, translate languages, write different kinds of creative content, and answer your questions in an informative way.

However, some website owners may not want their content to be used by ChatGPT. For example, publishers may be concerned that ChatGPT could compete with their own content, or that it could be used to generate fake news or other harmful content.

If you are a Joomla site owner and you do not want ChatGPT to use your content, there are a few things you can do.

Use robots.txt

The robots.txt file is a text file that tells web robots what pages on your website they are allowed to crawl and index. You can use robots.txt to block ChatGPT from crawling your entire website, or from crawling specific pages or directories.

To block ChatGPT from crawling your entire website, add the following line to your robots.txt file:

User-agent: ChatGPT
Disallow: /

To block ChatGPT from crawling specific pages or directories, add the following lines to your robots.txt file:

User-agent: ChatGPT
Disallow: /directory-1/
Disallow: /directory-2/

Use meta tags

You can also use meta tags to block ChatGPT from indexing specific pages on your website. To do this, add the following meta tags to the header of the pages you want to block:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">

This will tell ChatGPT (and other web robots) not to index these pages.

Contact OpenAI

If you are still unable to block ChatGPT from using your website content, you can contact OpenAI directly. OpenAI has a policy of respecting website owners' wishes, and they will remove your website from their dataset if you request it.

To contact OpenAI, simply visit their website and submit a support request.


Blocking OpenAI ChatGPT from using your Joomla site is a relatively simple process. By following the instructions above, you can prevent ChatGPT from crawling and indexing your content.