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 easier to start building Alexa skills. Skills are like apps for Alexa, enabling customers to perform everyday tasks or engage with your content naturally with voice.

Join hundreds of thousands of developers who are building Alexa skills to engage and delight customers on more than 100 million Alexa-enabled devices.

Why Build Alexa Skills?

Delight Your Customers

Voice is the most natural user interface. You can enable customers to use their voices to easily access your content, devices, and services—wherever they are and whatever they're doing.

Easily Bring Your Vision to Life

You can take advantage of Amazon’s latest innovations in voice to deliver your experience. The Alexa Skills Kit provides self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and samples that you can use for gaming, productivity, news, music, smart home, and other scenarios.

Build Your Business

When you build with the Alexa Skills Kit, you expand your reach to more than 100 million Alexa-enabled devices in countries around the world, including smart speakers, smart TVs, cars, and more. You can also sell premium experiences and physical goods.

Get Started Quickly with Our Course

Our free, step-by-step training course offers a quick way to get started building Alexa skills today.

How You Can Build

Build It Yourself

Build a rich voice experience using our self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples.

Fill in a Template

Create a skill in minutes using Skill Blueprint templates. You can fill in the blanks or add audio to build quickly and easily.

Hire an Agency

Hire an experienced team to build a voice experience that extends your brand’s reach and deepens customer engagement.

Shape the Future with Voice

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban says developers, brands, and entrepreneurs should invest in building for voice in order to capitalize on Alexa’s reach. 

What You Can Build

With the Alexa Skills Kit, you can build a wide range of skills using our pre-built interaction models or imagine an entirely custom voice experience. You can also create multimodal skills that integrate visuals and touch, or offer premium content in your skills. Here are just a few examples of what you can build.

Game Skills
Kid Skills
Music Skills
Content Skills
Multimodal Skills
Premium Skills

What's New

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Release Updates

Date Name Summary Locale Availability Links Release Type
10/30/2019 Skill Personalization You can now offer personalized experiences for your Alexa skill customers All Alexa Blog Generally Available
10/22/2019 Kids ISP Premium Experiences Now Available for Kid Skills in the US US Alexa Blog Generally Available
10/21/2019 APL (Character Displays) Build skills on the Echo Dot with clock with Alexa Presentation Language (APL) All


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10/16/2019 APL 1.2 Use new APL features to enhance your skills All Documentation Generally Available
10/11/2019 Spanish (US) Publish Spanish skills in the US and Make Money with In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) and Alexa Developer Rewards es-US

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We're hiring for a variety of roles across the organization. Come help us build the future of technology with voice. 

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