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The ASK SDK Core package provides core Alexa Skills Kit functionality, for building Alexa Skills.

Project description

ASK SDK Core - Base components of Python ASK SDK

ask-sdk-core is the core SDK package for Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) by the Software Development Kit (SDK) team for Python. It provides the base components and default implementations which work as the boiler plate code for developing Alexa Skills.

Quick Start


Assuming that you have Python and virtualenv installed, you can install the package and it’s dependencies (ask-sdk-model) from PyPi as follows:

$ virtualenv venv
$ . venv/bin/activate
$ pip install ask-sdk-core

You can also install the whole standard package locally by following these steps:

$ git clone
$ cd alexa-skills-kit-sdk-for-python/ask-sdk-core
$ virtualenv venv
$ . venv/bin/activate
$ python install

Usage and Getting Started

Getting started guides, SDK Features, API references, samples etc. can be found at Read The Docs

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  • Initial release of alexa skills kit core sdk.


  • Docstring changes for generated docs.


  • unicode_type = six.text_type and define long in Python 3 (#1)
  • Use feature detection instead of version detection (#10)
  • Send stringified raw data to Alexa APIs (#12)


  • Remove inspect.getargspec from sb decorators. Closes #20


  • Production release of ASK SDK Core Package.


This release contains the following changes:

  • Introducing runtime layer (#41)
  • Send data to service clients only if present (#39)


This release contains the following changes :

  • Add support for Alexa Presentation Language (Public Beta). The Alexa Presentation Language (APL) enables you to build interactive voice experiences that include graphics, images, slideshows, and to customize them for different device types.


This release contains the following features :


This release contains the following changes :

  • Add helper function for matching CanFulfill Intent name #46 <>
  • Deserialize only if payload is not None 48 <>


This release contains the following changes :

  • Refactor Python version dependencies for Python 3.7 support 50

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