Index of Skill Types

After you've become familiar with what the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) has to offer and learned about voice interaction models, you're ready to choose the type of skill to develop. ASK categorizes skills into types based on their voice interaction model and capabilities or features. For skills with a pre-built voice interaction model, users communicate with Alexa by using a set of pre-defined utterances. For skills with a custom voice interaction model, you define the utterances that you want users to say to Alexa.

The following table lists the available skill types alphabetically. Follow the link to each skill type for full details.

Skill type Voice model Description Reference

App and website

Custom

Add links from your skill to key features of your app.

Alexa for Apps Skill Connection Request Reference

Automotive

Custom or
Prebuilt (Connected Vehicle)

Develop skills adapted to the automotive environment.

Connected Vehicle Skills

Business

Prebuilt (Meetings)

Develop skills that give users voice access to their business calendars and meetings, or enable them to search for and reserve meeting rooms. Alexa for Business also includes skills for Hospitality and Residential.

Custom

Custom

Develop skills with a custom voice interaction model. Use Alexa Presentation Language (APL) to add visuals for Alexa-enabled devices with a screen.

Request and Response JSON Reference
APL for Screen Devices

Flash Briefing

Pre-built (Flash Briefing)

Develop Flash Briefing skills to provide Alexa customers with news headlines and other short content.

Feed Reference

Games

Custom

Develop game skills driven by voice interactions. You can add visuals to your skills for Alexa-enabled devices with a screen.

Alexa Web API for Games, APL

List

Custom

Develop skills that read and update a user's Alexa lists.

Shopping and To-Do Lists

Multi-Capability

Custom and
Pre-built (Smart Home)

Extend your smart home skill with your own custom interaction model.

Music, Radio, Podcast

Pre-built (Music)

Develop skills that enable users to control audio content streamed through Alexa-enabled devices.

Music, Radio, and Podcast API Reference

Smart Home

Pre-built (Smart Home)

Develop skills that enable users to control their smart home devices.

Smart Home Skill API Reference, Cooking, Energy, Entertainment, Networking and Wi-Fi, Security

Video

Pre-built (Video)

Develop skills that enable users to control video devices and consume video content.

Video Skill API Reference