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Rasa Python-SDK

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Python SDK for the development of custom actions for Rasa.


To install the SDK run

pip install rasa-sdk


rasa-sdk package:

SDK version compatible Rasa version
1.0.x >=1.0.x

old rasa_core_sdk package:

SDK version compatible Rasa Core version
0.12.x >=0.12.x
0.11.x 0.11.x
not compatible <=0.10.x


Detailed instructions can be found in the Rasa Documentation about Custom Actions.



In order to start an action server using implemented custom actions, you can use the available Docker image rasa/rasa-sdk.

Before starting the action server ensure that the folder containing your actions is handled as Python module and therefore has to contain a file called

Then start the action server using:

docker run -p 5055:5055 --mount type=bind,source=<ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_YOUR_ACTIONS>,target=/app/actions \

The action server is then available at http://localhost:5055/webhook.

Custom Dependencies

To add custom dependencies you enhance the given Docker image, e.g.:

# Extend the official Rasa SDK image
FROM rasa/rasa-sdk:<version>

# Change back to root user to install dependencies
USER root

# To install system dependencies
RUN apt-get update -qq && \
    apt-get install -y <NAME_OF_REQUIRED_PACKAGE> && \
    apt-get clean && \
    rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/* /tmp/* /var/tmp/*

# To install packages from PyPI
RUN pip install --no-cache-dir <A_REQUIRED_PACKAGE_ON_PYPI>

# Switch back to non-root to run code
USER 1001

Building from source

Rasa SDK uses Poetry for packaging and dependency management. If you want to build it from source, you have to install Poetry first. This is how it can be done:

curl -sSL | python3 -

There are several other ways to install Poetry. Please, follow the official guide to see all possible options.

To install dependencies and rasa-sdk itself in editable mode execute

make install

Code Style

To ensure a standardized code style we use the formatter black. If your code is not formatted properly, GitHub CI will fail to build.

If you want to automatically format your code on every commit, you can use pre-commit. Just install it via pip install pre-commit and execute pre-commit install.

To check and reformat files execute

make lint

Steps to release a new version

Releasing a new version is quite simple, as the packages are build and distributed by GitHub Actions.

Release steps:

  1. Switch to the branch you want to cut the release from (main in case of a major / minor, the current release branch for patch releases).
  2. Run make release
  3. Create a PR against main or the release branch (e.g. 1.2.x)
  4. Once your PR is merged, tag a new release (this SHOULD always happen on main or release branches), e.g. using
    git tag 1.2.0 -m "next release"
    git push origin 1.2.0
    GitHub Actions will build this tag and push a package to pypi.
  5. If this is a minor release, a new release branch should be created pointing to the same commit as the tag to allow for future patch releases, e.g.
    git checkout -b 1.2.x
    git push origin 1.2.x


Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. Copyright 2021 Rasa Technologies GmbH. Copy of the license.

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