Index of Skill Types

The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) categorizes skills into types based on their voice interaction model and capabilities or features. To learn more about ASK, see Build Skills with the Alexa Skills Kit.

For skills with a pre-built voice model, users interact with Alexa by using a set of pre-defined utterances. For skills with a custom voice model, you define the utterances that you want users to say to Alexa.

The following table lists the available skill types alphabetically.

Skill Type Voice Model Description Common APIs and Other Reference
Automotive Pre-built and Custom Build skills adapted to the automotive environment. VehicleData, Navigation Management
Business Pre-built Build 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. Calendar, MeetingClientController, Reservation.Room
Cooking Pre-built Build skills for cooking appliances. TimeController, TemperatureController
Custom Voice Model Custom Build a skill with a custom voice interaction model. Request Types
Education Pre-built Build skills that enable students and their guardians to access information that you store in your learning management system, student information system, or classroom management app. Profile.Student, Grade.Course
Entertainment Device Pre-built Build skills that control smart home entertainment and audio visual (AV) devices such as smart TVs and speakers. KeypadController, ChannelController
Flash Briefing Pre-built Build a flash briefing skill to provide Alexa customers with news headlines and other short content.
Game Custom Build games skills that incorporate voice into new or existing games. You can add visuals to your skill for Alexa-enabled devices with a screen.
List Custom Build skills that read and update a user's Alexa lists.
Music, Radio, and Podcast Pre-built Build skills that control audio content streamed through Alexa-enabled devices. Media.Playback, Media.PlayQueue
Networking and Wi-Fi Pre-built Build a skill to model a home Wi-Fi network and the devices connected to it. Enable and disable internet and network access for individual devices. ConnectedDevice
Smart Home Pre-built Build skills that enable users to voice-control their smart home devices. PowerController, ThermostatController
Smart Home Security Pre-built Build skills that control smart home security devices such as cameras, locks, motion sensors, and other devices. LockController, SecurityPanelController
Video Pre-built Build skills that enable users to control video devices and consume video content. PlaybackController, VideoRecorder