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Alexa Skills Kit

Add voice to your big idea and reach more customers

What Is an Alexa Skill?

Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the brain behind tens of millions of devices like the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. Alexa provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to create a more personalized experience. There are now more than 27,000 skills from companies like Starbucks, Uber, and Capital One as well as other innovative designers and developers.


What Is the Alexa Skills Kit?

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that makes it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. ASK enables designers, developers, and brands to build engaging skills and reach customers through tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices. With ASK, you can leverage Amazon’s knowledge and pioneering work in the field of voice design.

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Why Build Skills?

 Reimagine Your Customer Experience with Alexa

Bring your big idea to life with our expertise in voice design. Learn to build natural, voice-first experiences with Alexa, and help redefine the way your customers interact with technology.

 Reach More Customers with the Voice Service They Prefer

Reach customers where they are through tens of millions of devices with Alexa. And continue delighting your customers through new innovations like Echo Show and new tools in the Alexa Skills Kit.

 Build for Free in the Cloud

Build quickly, easily, and for free with AWS Lambda, which is free for the first one million calls per month. Once you publish your skill, you can apply to receive AWS promotional credits to be put toward your skill.

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Your Skill-Building Journey


Get to know the Alexa Skills Kit and learn how you can add voice to your big idea.

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Learn how to design for voice and start sketching out your skill's interaction.

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Build your skill in the cloud with our toolkit, no coding knowledge required.

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Launch your skill in the Alexa Skills Store and reach tens of millions of customers.

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What’s New

Build Advanced Skills with Codecademy

Learn to build advanced Alexa skills with Codecademy’s free online interactive courses.

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Meet the All-New Echo Devices

Introducing the next generation of Alexa-enabled device: the all-new Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Spot.

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Updated Smart Home Skill API

Updates include a new discovery interface, asychronous messages from your cloud, and proactive state updates.

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