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Response APIs

Explore Response APIs available in the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) that enable you to respond to customer requests. You can use both audio and visual elements, including text-to-speech, images, and streamed audio and video. 

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Response APIs for Custom Skills 

Response APIs for custom skills enable you to respond to requests in a custom way, with both voice and visuals.



After Alexa sends a request to your skill, you can respond with a JSON structure that tells Alexa what to do. With it, you can send a string of text that Alexa will convert to speech and respond to your customers using text-to-speech (TTS).


You can use Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML)  to add pauses, emotion, and other effects to your output speech.

Amazon Polly

You can use the default Alexa voice with your output speech or choose from more than 20 male and female voices with Amazon Polly to make your skill more engaging.

Pre-Recorded Audio

You can add pre-recorded audio to your Alexa skill by using audio from the ASK Sound Library or by providing your own audio through AudioPlayer.


Alexa Presentation Language

Create visually rich Alexa skills for devices with screens and adapt them for different device types such as the Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Fire TV.

Alexa Web API for Games (Preview)

Build for multimodal devices using HTML and web technologies like Canvas 2D, WebAudio, WebGL, JavaScript, and CSS.

Response APIs for Pre-Defined Skill Types

Smart Home Skills

Control lights, switches, thermostats, cameras, door locks, kitchen appliances, and more per the customer's request. 

Flash Briefing Skills

Read news headlines and other short content from your feed. Your feed contains either text content that Alexa reads to the customer or audio content that Alexa plays to the customer.

Music Skills

Stream music by music station, genre, album, artist, playlist, and track.

Video Skills

Search and play video content, control playback, navigate channels, and more.

Education Skills (Preview)

Read out student course information, coursework information, communications, and grades (coming soon).

Latest Feature Updates for Response APIs


Date Name Summary Locale Availability Links Release Type


Alexa Presentation Language (APL) 1.3

Add visuals to your skills with the next version of the Alexa Presentation Language (APL).


Alexa Blog


Generally Available


Alexa Emotions and Speaking Styles

Use new Alexa emotions and speaking styles to create a more natural voice experience


Alexa Blog

Documentation - Emotions

Documentation - Speaking Styles

Generally Available 


APL (Character Displays)

Build skills on the Echo Dot with clock with Alexa Presentation Language (APL)



Alexa Blog

Generally Available


APL 1.2

Use new APL features to enhance your skills



Generally Available

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