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Get a Refresh Token

Your Raspberry Pi now has the AVS Device SDK installed and your credentials loaded, but your device still needs a refresh token to enable your client to maintain a connection to the Alexa Voice Service in the cloud. If you design an Alexa Built-in product and ship a million of them to your customers, they can all use the same Client ID and ProductID - but each individual device will require a unique refresh token to authenticate with AVS through Login With Amazon (LWA).

Normally, your customer would get a refresh token delivered when they activate your (their) device using a companion app, companion site, or code-based linking (CBL). For this tutorial, you'll be both the device maker and the customer - using the startsample.sh script to launch the Sample App and request a refresh token for your prototype device.

Terminal window

In a terminal window, navigate to the /home/pi directory and run the startsample.sh script:

cd /home/pi/
sudo bash startsample.sh

Once the App starts, startup debug messages will start scrolling through the window rapidly, and you'll see a notification that your device is checking for Authorization. Look for the box with the URL and the code you need to authenticate your device:


Using any internet-connected device (for example, your phone), go to amazon.com/us/code to log in with your Amazon developer credentials and input the code provided by your sample app. It might take up to 30 seconds for CBLAuthDelegate to successfully get a refresh token from Login With Amazon (LWA). You'll get a success message, and your sample app should be ready to go!

Your hard work has paid off, and now it's time to Talk with Alexa!