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  • Alexa developer forum – hosted by Amazon (Use the topic "Alexa Skills Challenge" in your question if you don’t find the answer) 
  • Slack channel - hosted by Devpost

NEW: You can now test how your Alexa skill will display on Echo Spot without owning a device. You can access the Echo Spot display, in addition to the Echo Show display, on the Test page of the Alexa developer console. The Echo Spot display expands the Alexa simulator testing capabilities, which include testing your Alexa skills through text, voice, and now display for both Echo Show and Echo Spot. You can test your Alexa skills that use the display interface by enabling the Echo Show and Echo Spot Display options to see how your Alexa skill responses will appear on these devices. Learn more in this Alexa Blog

Learn more
  • Alexa Skills Kit – use self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples to easily add your skill to Alexa
  • Alexa Skills Store – check out existing skills, new arrivals, skill categories, and customer reviews
  • Designing for Voice – learn the process for thinking through the design of a voice experience
  • Getting Started – start building quickly with templates and tutorials
  • On-demand Webinars – learn how to build a standout Alexa skill, building skills for Echo Show, and more
  • Test Your Skill – read how you can test a new skill
  • Test Simulator (Beta) – test your skill directly in your Developer Console with either text or voice and see how it displays on an Echo Show 
  • – use a browser-based interface to the cloud-based Alexa voice service to test your skill
  • Alexa Cookbook – short code samples that show you how to add features to an Alexa skill
  • Alexa for Business – includes information and documentation on how to leverage Alexa for Business specific features. While not required for submission, developers may consider using the Alexa for Business features in their skill


Create a new skill and get your Skill ID
  1. Log into your Amazon developer account
  2. On the main developer console, click “Alexa” in the top menu bar
  3. On the Alexa Skills Kit button, click “get started”
  1. Click “add a new skill”
  2. Fill out the Skill name and Skill Directive and save.
  3. Your Skill ID for this skill will appear under the Skill name in the top menu bar:


Submit your skill for certification in the U.S. Alexa Skills Store

First, get prepared by checking the certification checklist. Then follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Developer Portal.
  2. Navigate to the Alexa section by clicking Apps & Services and then clicking Alexa in the top navigation. This displays a list of your existing Alexa Skills.
  3. Find the skill to submit in the list and choose Edit.
  4. Note that there should be a green check mark next to each section. If any sections are missing the check mark, this means that at least one required field is not filled in. Review the section and complete all required fields.
  5. Click the Submit for Certification button. When prompted to confirm, click Yes.

Once you have submitted the skill, it shows “Certification” in the Status column on list of skills. While it is in the certification process, you cannot make any further edits to the configuration. If you change your mind, you can select the skill, then click the Withdraw from Certification button.

After Amazon completes the review, you will receive an email at the address associated with your developer portal account:

  • If the skill has been certified, the email will provide an estimate for when it will become available to end users.
  • If the skill could not be certified, the email provides information about the issues you need to correct. You can make any necessary changes and then re-submit.