Alexa Skills Kit SDK for Java

The ASK SDK for Java makes it easier for you to build highly engaging skills, by allowing you to spend more time on implementing features and less on writing boiler-plate code.

To help you get started more with the SDK we have included several samples, references, and guides. We've collected links to all of them here to make them easy to find, as well as a description for what each document covers.


Setting Up The ASK SDK

This guide will show you how to include the SDK as a dependency in your Maven project.

Developing Your First Skill

Walks you through step-by-step instructions for building the Hello World sample.

Migrating To ASK SDK v2 For Java

This guide will show you how to migrate an existing skill in v1 to v2 SDK.

SDK Supported Alexa Capabilities

Provides a list of Alexa capabilities that are supported in the ASK SDK.

Technical Documentation

Request Processing

Covers how you can build request handlers to handle incoming requests, exception handlers to handle errors in your skill, and use request and response interceptors to perform tasks before or after handler execution.

Skill Attributes

Covers how skill attributes can be used on three different scopes (request, session and persistent), to store and retrieve skill data.

Alexa Service Clients

Covers how service clients can be used by your skill to access Alexa APIs.

Response Building

Covers how the Response Builder can be used to easily compose multiple elements, like text, cards and audio, into a single response.

Skill Builders

Describes how to use Skill builders to easily create a configured instance of the SDK.

Managing In-Skill Purchases

Covers how you can manage in-skill products and the purchase experience in your skills.

Servlet support

Describes how to host a skill as a web service.

Javadoc Reference

Javadoc references from the latest version of the SDK.

Latest SDK Version

Amazon updates the ASK SDKs to support new ASK features frequently. You can find the most recent SDK versions on GitHub:

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Last updated: Nov 28, 2023