Skill Sample Nodejs Feed Save

An Alexa Skill Template to help create skills that read RSS/Atom feeds.

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Build An Alexa Feed Reader Skill

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Build a Feed Reader Skill for Alexa

This tutorial will walk first-time Alexa skills developers through all the required steps involved in creating a feed reading skill using a template called ‘Feed Reader’. Ask to play your feed and this skill will do so.

Let's Get Started

If this is your first time here, you're new to Alexa Skills Development, or you're looking for more detailed instructions, click the Get Started button below:

Be sure to take a look at the Additional Resources at the bottom of this page!


Note: The rest of this readme assumes you have your developer environment ready to go and that you have some familiarity with CLI (Command Line Interface) Tools, AWS, and the ASK Developer Portal. If not, click here for a more detailed walkthrough.


Alexa, ask feed reader to open first feed.
	>> Your first feed is BBC World News.

Alexa, open feed reader

Repository Contents

Setup w/ ASK CLI



  1. Clone the repository.

    $ git clone
  2. Initiatialize the ASK CLI by Navigating into the repository and running npm command: ask init. Follow the prompts.

    $ cd skill-sample-nodejs-feed
    $ ask init
  3. Install npm dependencies by navigating into the /lambda/custom directory and running the npm command: npm install

    $ cd lambda/custom
    $ npm install


ASK CLI will create the skill and the lambda function for you. The Lambda function will be created in us-east-1 (Northern Virginia) by default.

  1. Deploy the skill and the lambda function in one step by running the following command:

    $ ask deploy


  1. To test, you need to login to Alexa Developer Console, and enable the "Test" switch on your skill from the "Test" Tab.

  2. Simulate verbal interaction with your skill through the command line using the following example:

     $ ask simulate -l en-US -t "start feed reader"
     ✓ Simulation created for simulation id: 4a7a9ed8-94b2-40c0-b3bd-fb63d9887fa7
    ◡ Waiting for simulation response{
      "status": "SUCCESSFUL",
  3. Once the "Test" switch is enabled, your skill can be tested on devices associated with the developer account as well. Speak to Alexa from any enabled device, from your browser at, or through your Amazon Mobile App and say :

    Alexa, start feed reader


  1. ./skill.json

    Change the skill name, example phrase, icons, testing instructions etc ...

    Remember that many information is locale-specific and must be changed for each locale (en-GB and en-US)

    See the Skill Manifest Documentation for more information.

  2. ./lambda/custom/index.js

    Modify messages, and facts from the source code to customize the skill.

  3. ./models/*.json

    Change the model definition to replace the invocation name and the sample phrase for each intent. Repeat the operation for each locale you are planning to support.

Additional Resources


Tutorials & Guides

  • Voice Design Guide - A great resource for learning conversational and voice user interface design.
  • CodeAcademy: Learn Alexa - Learn how to build an Alexa Skill from within your browser with this beginner friendly tutorial on CodeAcademy!


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