Get Started with the Alexa Skills Toolkit for Visual Studio Code
The Alexa Skills Toolkit (ASK Toolkit) for Visual Studio Code (VS Code) is an extension that makes it easier for you to create, test, and deploy Alexa skills. The ASK Toolkit provides a dedicated workspace for Alexa skills in VS Code. You can create, edit, and deploy Alexa skills, create and preview APL documents, and test and debug your local skills with the Alexa simulator.
Currently, you can only create Alexa-hosted skills with the Alexa Skills Toolkit. For details about Alexa-hosted skills, see Build a Skill End-to-end Using an Alexa-hosted Skill.
Before you can install and use the ASK Toolkit for VS Code, you must have the following:
Visual Studio Code version 1.22.0 or later.
Git version 2.27 or later for interacting with remote project files stored in a public git repository.
Install the Alexa Skills Toolkit in VS Code
Use one of the following options to install the Alexa Skills Toolkit:
Install the toolkit by visiting the VS Code marketplace.
In VS Code, open the View menu and choose Extensions. In the search box, type Alexa Skills Kit. Choose Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Toolkit, and then click Install.
After you install the toolkit, close and reopen VS Code.
Sign in to your Amazon developer account from VS Code
Use the following procedure to log into your Amazon developer account from VS Code.
- In the activity bar, click the Alexa icon.
- On the Sign in page, click Sign in. The Amazon developer account sign in page launches in your browser.
- After signing in, return to VS Code.
- After you install the ASK Toolkit, to start working with skills, see Create and Manage Skills in VS Code.
- To create, edit, and preview APL documents, see Manage and Preview APL Documents in VS Code.
- To test your skill, see Test Skills in Visual Studio Code.