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Get Deeper on the Alexa Skills Kit

Now that you’ve learned the broad strokes of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), dive into the details. Explore voice design best practices and learn tips for creating engaging and habitual experiences. Understand the technical differences between the skill types. Browse our collection of Application APIs, tutorials, SDKs, tools, and latest features to help you build.

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Alexa Skill Types

Custom Skills

Create your own voice experience to deliver nearly any experience, including games, education, health and fitness, productivity, and shopping.

Game Skills

Voice games give customers an entirely new way to play games—including interactive adventures, family-friendly games, and quiz games.

Music & Audio Skills

Enable customers to access your Music, Podcast and Radio streaming service on hundreds of millions of Alexa devices at home or on the go.

Food Ordering Skills

Enable customers to find nearby restaurants and offers, and then order with Alexa or on a mobile app.

Smart Home Skills

Enable customers to use Alexa to control your cloud-connected lights, plugs, switches, thermostats, cameras, door locks, cooking appliances, and more.

Video Skills

Enable customers to use their voices to control your video device and choose which content to watch.

Flash Briefing & News Skills

Provide customers with easy access to your news  headlines, RSS feeds, and other short audio and text content.

Connected Vehicle Skills

Enable customers to use Alexa to control and check status of their connected vehicles from their home or on-the-go.

Knowledge Skills

Build Q&A skills in minutes using only spreadsheets, without writing code. Publish them for devices managed by Alexa for Business, or enable them on your personal devices.

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Application APIs

Request APIs

Use Request APIs to receive intents and directives from Alexa in your application logic.

Response APIs

Respond to customers using audio and visual elements including text-to-speech, images, and streamed audio and video.

Personalization APIs

Create a more personalized Alexa experience based on the person speaking to Alexa and context.

Account Linking APIs

Connect a user’s account on your service to their Alexa account.

System Function APIs

Expand your skill’s capabilities using additional Alexa features such as lists, event notifications, and skill connections.

Transactions

Offer digital and real-world goods and services for customers to purchase.

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SDKs & Additional Tools

ASK SDKs

Use our SDKs for Node.js, Python, and Java to reduce complexity in your code.

Skill Components

Spend less time writing foundational code and more time on the unique aspects of your Skill by using Skill Components.

Development Tools

Use tools and APIs to help you create, manage, test, and publish skills.

Analytics

Access metrics about your skill and how customers are using it.

Customer Engagement Tools

Explore tools to build new pathways for customers to discover your skill.

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Tutorials

Build an Engaging Alexa Skill

Start building quickly with our beginner tutorial. You'll get hands-on, step-by-step experience creating your first custom Alexa skill.

How to Design for In-Skill Purchasing

Learn best practices for selling premium content in your skill.

How to Build a Multimodal Skill

Learn how to build visually rich skills using the Alexa Presentation Language (APL).

Build Multi-turn Skills with Alexa Conversations

By Amazon Alexa

Learn how to build a skill using machine learning with Alexa Conversations.

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Understanding the Skill Types

Before you start building an Alexa skill, you must choose the skill type. The skill type determines the interaction model, and, in some cases, the application APIs you use. You can only pick one skill type.

ASK Features by Skill Type

Skill Type Custom Skills Smart Home Skills Flash Briefing Skills Music Skills Video Skills Education Skills

 

Use Case

Create your own voice experience. Build voice-forward products for smart home and voice-enable them. Provide customers with news headlines. Enable customers to stream your music catalog. Enable customers to stream your video catalog. Enable parents and students to request information about school.

 

Interaction Model   

Custom (developer-defined) Pre-built (Amazon-defined) Pre-built (Amazon-defined) Pre-built (Amazon-defined) Pre-built (Amazon-defined) Pre-built (Amazon-defined)

 

Application Logic APIS

Request Custom (based on interaction model) Smart Home Skill API Flash Briefing Skill API Music Skill API Video Skill API Education Skill API
Response Text to speech, pre-recorded audio, multimodal display Device control RSS feed readout Music stream Video stream Student information
Account Linking
Personalization
System Function
Transaction
SDKs Python, Node.js, Java

 

Development Tools

Skill Management
Skill Testing
Interaction Model Testing
Analytics

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