Welcome to Askhome!

Askhome wraps the Smart Home Skill API for Amazon Echo and removes all that ugly boilerplate.

Basic skill in askhome looks like this:

from askhome import Smarthome, Appliance

class Star(Appliance):
    def turn_on(self, request):
        ... # Let there be light

home = Smarthome()
home.add_appliance('star1', Star, name='Sun')

handler = home.lambda_handler


  • Define what your smart devices can do with simple class interface
  • Askhome then handles device discovery and routes Alexa requests to your methods
  • Requests come in a nice preprocessed object and provide easy to use response methods
  • If something goes wrong, just raise the appropriate exception
  • You don’t have to touch the raw JSON requests at all!

Why a Smart Home Skill

Alexa Custom Skills are indeed much more flexible, but creating their intent schema can be a hassle. If you want to simply control your devices, Smart Home Skills provide a robust voice interfaces and all you have to do is plug in your control logic — well, that is with askhome.

API Documentation

If you are looking for information on a specific function, class or method, this part of the documentation is for you.