Once you've designed your voice interaction, you're ready to start building your skill. Alexa is based in the cloud so she’s always getting smarter and customers never have to download updates to your skill.
You can build and host most skills for free with AWS Lambda, which is free for the first one million calls per month. You can also apply for AWS promotional credits if you incur AWS charges related to your skill.
Refer to our technical documentation for detailed guides on building various types of skills and features.
Take advantage of our Node.js SDK and code samples to quickly and easily add features to your skill for Alexa.
Programmatically manage and test your skills with this API and the ASK Command-line Interface (ASK CLI).
Build skills that enable hands-free control of smart lights, thermostats, cameras, and entertainment devices.
Build experiences that allow your customers to easily find and consume video content without invoking a specific skill.
Add feeds to the Alexa flash briefing, which delivers pre-recorded audio clips and text-to-speech (TTS) updates.
Enable customers to manage their shopping and to-do lists, or create their own lists for any purpose or occasion.
Add emotion to Alexa’s responses. Control pronunciation, intonation, timing, and emotion.
Build and deploy skills featuring location-enabled context to automate administrative tasks for the workplace.
Whatever your level or experience, you can get started quickly using one of our tutorials. Learn more
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Visit our forums to get inspired, ask and answer questions, and join our Alexa developer community. Learn more
Echo Show’s high-quality screen combines with Alexa skills to deliver a completely new way for customers to interact across voice and graphical user interfaces. To help you build skills for Echo Show, we’ve added new developer tools to the Alexa Skills Kit.
Choose from several display templates to optimize your skill. You can also stream videos on Echo Show using the new video player interfaces in the Alexa Skills Kit.
Enable customers to view live video feeds from their smart home cameras on Echo Show with the new cameras capability in the Smart Home Skill API.
Learn best practices for building Echo Show skills, which can include an interactive touch display in its response in addition to standard voice interaction.
Test your Alexa skill using the Test Simulator. Simply input text or use voice to interact with your skill.
Test your user experience using Echosim. This online community tool simulates the experience of an Amazon Echo.
Invite up to 500 beta users to test your Alexa skill and provide feedback. Then refine your UI before you publish your skill.