Get Started with SMAPI

The Alexa Skill Management API (SMAPI) provides RESTful HTTP interfaces for programmatically performing Alexa skill management tasks, such as creating a new skill or updating an interaction model. The API authenticates the caller through Login with Amazon, allowing any developer to build tools or services that can create and update Alexa skills on behalf of their users. ASK CLI is one of such tools.

The authentication scheme for the Skill Management API is optimized for the case where the developer delegates API access permissions to a tool or service.

SMAPI, the Skill Management API, can be used to perform a number of skill-related operations. These include:

Alexa Skill Management API

If you are building your own tool or service to integrate with the API, you will need to implement OAuth 2.0 integration with Login with Amazon to request your users' authorization and retrieve access tokens used to call the Skill Management API. See the Developer Guide for Login With Amazon. The API requires using the authorization code grant type. The OAuth scopes which your application can request, and the associated permissions, are listed below.

Any third-party tool must consent to the Login With Amazon Services Agreement.

Scope Permissions
alexa::ask:skills:read List the vendor IDs associated with the Amazon developer account
Read skill details (excluding interaction models)). Get skill status. Get list of skills.
alexa::ask:skills:readwrite All alexa::ask:skills:read permissions
Create skills
Update skills
Enable skills
Read and update account linking info for skills, Submit and withdraw skills.
alexa::ask:models:read Read interaction models
Get build status for interaction models
alexa::ask:models:readwrite All alexa::ask:models:read permissions
Update interaction models
alexa::ask:skills:test Skill testing—invoke a skill, submit a simulation request, get simulation status

Use the Skill Development Notifications API

The API's root endpoint is, and the paths shown in each of the API operations below need to be concatenated to the root. The access token retrieved from Login with Amazon must be provided in the Authorization header in each request.

Object Schemas

When you manage Alexa skills with ASK CLI or SMAPI, you need the JSON format for representing each resource.



The SMAPI SDK, available for Node.js, Python, and Java, is one way to get started using SMAPI. With the SMAPI SDK, you can use any of the Skill Management APIs to programmatically manage your skills. Learn how to get started by reviewing the following: