Required Hardware

The following guide provides step-by-step instructions to set up the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) Device 1.17 SDK on a Raspberry Pi. It uses a handful of scripts to download, build, and run the AVS Device SDK with wake word detection enabled. When finished, you'll have a working sample app to test interactions with Alexa.

Basic Tutorials

You need the following equipment to finish the basic tutorial — Prototype with Raspberry Pi.

  • Raspberry Pi - Use a Raspberry Pi 3 or 4.
  • Micro SD card - Minimum 8 GB.
  • USB 2.0 microphone - Raspberry Pi does not have a built-in microphone. To interact with Alexa you must plug in an external microphone.
  • External speaker or headset - Your audio source needs to connect to the Pi with 3.5mm audio cable.
  • USB keyboard and mouse - Choose any compatible keyboard and mouse.
  • HDMI monitor - Choose any compatible monitor. Alternatively, you can remote SSH into your Pi.
  • Internet connection - Ethernet connection or a 2.4 GHZ Wi-Fi.

Advanced Tutorials

For the Advanced Pi LED tutorial, you'll need some additional hardware. You can use any breadboard or LEDs you might have laying around. For our tutorial, use a GPIO Breakout Board Bundle from Canakit.

If you don't have these items, you can find what you need by clicking the picture below.

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Next, set up your Raspberry Pi and install the software required to run the SDK.