AVS Device SDK Dependencies

The Alexa Voice Service (AVS) Device SDK requires dependencies to compile and run. These dependencies include compilers, build tools, and open source libraries. This page lists these dependencies and the minimum versions tested against the SDK. If you choose to use different dependencies in your build, you might encounter issues beyond the scope of this documentation.

Required dependencies

The AVS Device SDK requires the following dependencies to build. Make sure you're using the minimum version or higher that's listed in the table.


The AVS Device SDK provides C++-based libraries that enable your device to process audio inputs and triggers, establish persistent connections with AVS, and handle all Alexa interactions.

To compile the SDK, your device must run C ++.

Language Minimum Version
C ++ 11


The AVS Device SDK runs on one of the following platforms.

Platforms Tested Versions
Raspberry Pi Model: 3B/OS: Raspbian Stretch and Buster
macOS Mojave (10.14.6) and High Sierra (10.13.6)
Ubuntu Linux 16.04
Android Android 6.0 +
Windows 64-bit Windows 10 Enterprise 1703


If you're using Ubuntu, Raspberry Pi, or macOS, you need a compiler to build the AVS Device SDK.

Compiler Minimum Version
GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 4.8.5
Clang 3.9

Build tools

The AVS Device SDK uses a build tool to compile dependencies and automate build tasks.

CMake is a cross-platform set of tools that manages your app dependencies and creates a native makefile and workspaces suitable for the platform you're building with. It helps you create, build, and test projects with the AVS Device SDK.

Tool Minimum Version
CMake 3.1


The AVS Device SDK uses the following open source libraries and their respective dependencies - libcurl, nghttp2, OpenSSL, and Doxygen.

Library Minimum versions
libcurl 6.6
nghttp2 1.39.2
OpenSSL 1.1.1
Doxygen 1.8.16

Core music provider

The AVS Device SDK doesn't support music out-of-the-box. However, all Alexa devices must support AVS music service providers to pass certification. The following audio libraries, packages, and dependencies are tested and work with the SDK.

Library Minimum version
Crypto library - For HLS demuxers 1.8.4 or earlier
libsoup - An HTTP client/server library used by GStreamer. 2.6.5 or earlier
libfaad-dev - AAC and HE-AAC decoding 1.10.4
GStreamer Bad Plug-ins 1.10.4

Optional dependencies

To install optional features in the AVS Device SDK, you must download the following required dependencies. Make sure you're using the minimum version or higher that's listed in the table.

Sample app

Building the AVS Device SDK sample app is optional. The sample app lets you test Alexa on your platform of choice, before integrating with your device. The sample app runs on Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, Windows, or Android. It requires the following dependencies.

Library Minimum version
PortAudio v190600_20161030
GStreamer 1.8.3

Note: If you're using the Android Microphone and Media Player, you don't require these dependencies.


The SDK integrates Alerts with the following libraries, modules, and their dependencies. You can choose to build with different dependencies, however, they haven't been explicitly tested against the SDK.

  1. Install SQLite.
  2. Set your device system clock to UTC time. To set UTC time, use Network Time Protocol (NTP).
  3. Install a file system.
Library Minimum version
SQLite 3.19.3


Building with Bluetooth is optional and is supported on Linux or Raspberry Pi. You can use the following Bluetooth protocols.

  • A2DP-SOURCE (Linux only)
  • AVRCPTarget (Linux only)
  • AVRCPController

To enable BlueZ and PulseAudio, the SDK uses the following libraries, modules, and dependencies. You can choose to build with different dependencies, however, they haven't been explicitly tested against the SDK.

Library Minimum version
SBC Library 1.3
BlueZ 5.37 5.37
libpulse-dev - Required if enabling this particular CMake variable: BLUETOOTH_BLUEZ_PULSEAUDIO_OVERRIDE_ENDPOINTS 8.0
Module Minimum version
PulseAudio and PulseAudio Bluetooth (or equivalent) - Used to handle audio routing 12.2 or earlier


The MediaPlayerInterface allows for sourcing, playback control, navigation, and querying the state of media content.

Building MediaPlayerInterface is optional. To build this interface, you must install the following libraries, plug-ins, and dependencies:

Library Minimum version
GStreamer 1.8.3
Plug-in Minimum version
GStreamer Base Plug-ins 1.8.3
GStreamer Good Plug-ins 1.8.3
GStreamer Libav Plug-ins OR
GStreamer Ugly Plug-ins
For decoding MP3 data

Opus encoding

Opus encoding is optional. To enable Opus, install libopus and enable it.

Library Minimum version
libopus 1.2.1

SAMPLE-AES decryption

SAMPLE-AES decryption is optional. To enable SAMPLE-AES decryption for audio streamed to your device:

  1. Install the FFMPEG library.
  2. Enable SAMPLE-AES decryption in your CMake command.
Library Minimum version
FFmpeg 4.0.0

Build for Android

To build for Android, you must install these following libraries, packages, and dependencies.

Library Minimum version
Android 6.0 API Level 23
Android SDK tools - Included in Android Studio by default. 1.0.39
Android Native Development Kit (NDK). Required for the MediaPlayerInterface and sample app integration. r16
FFmpeg 4.0.0