Get Your Head Out of the Cloud with Alexa-Hosted Skills (Preview)

By BJ Haberkorn, Amazon

November 19, 2018

Weíre excited to announce the developer preview of Alexa-hosted skills, a new offering that automatically provisions and manages a set of AWS cloud resources for your skillís back-end service. With an Alexa-hosted skill, you can build, edit, and publish a skill without leaving the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Developer Console. This allows you to build skills quickly and spend your time designing engaging experiences, rather than managing cloud services. Alexa-hosted skills are available to developers in all Alexa locales. To apply to participate in the preview, fill in the short survey here.

Automatically Provision and Use AWS Services from the ASK Developer Console

An Alexa skill consists of a front-end voice model and a back-end cloud service that processes requests and tells Alexa how to respond. Previously you had to provision and manage this back end on your own with a cloud endpoint, resources for media storage, and a code repository. Alexa-hosted skills offer an easier option. It automatically provisions and hosts an AWS Lambda endpoint, Amazon S3 media storage, and a table for session persistence so that you can get started quickly with your latest project. Youíll be able to use a new code editor in the ASK Developer Console to edit and deploy your code. AWS Lambda will route your skill request, execute your skill code, and manage your skillís compute resources. You can use Amazon S3 for media files, such as images to be shown on multimodal devices like Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Fire TV. AWS CodeCommit is also included as part of a hosted skillís deployment pipeline so that your skillís code is kept in a secure repository from the start, even if you are just building an early prototype. You can use AWS Lambda, Amazon S3, and AWS CodeCommit up to the limits of the AWS Free Tier with Alexa-hosted skills.

Apply for the Preview Today

Alexa-hosted skills are available to developers in all Alexa locales, and currently supports skills built using Node.js version 8. All resources will be hosted in AWS US East (N.Virginia) during the developer preview. To apply to participate in the preview and help us improve the service before we make it broadly available, complete the short survey here. We will notify you if you are selected. 

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