The intend command generates intent requests for your service as if they were coming from Alexa itself.

It works in a manner very similar to the Alexa simulator available via the Alexa developer console.

To start using it, you will need to have your Interaction model, it could be written as a single file or separated as an Intent Schema and Sample Utterances. By default, we have adopted the pattern used by the Alexa Skills Sample projects, we support the Interaction model pattern and also the Intent Schema and Sample Utterances one.

That is, we look for the Interaction Model files inside a folder called models or speechAssets (if you're using the older style) located off the source root.

You can specify an alternative location via options to the command-line.


To invoke the intend command, simply type:

$ bst intend <INTENT_NAME> [SlotName=SlotValue...]

For example:

$ bst intend HelloIntent SlotA=SlotValue

The intend command will return the full request and response of the interaction with your Skill service.

By default, the system will:

  • Use the Interaction Model in the models folder under the current working directory
  • If there's no Interaction Model, it will use the Intent Model and Sample Utterances in the speechAssets folder under the current working directory
  • Use the service currently running via the bst proxy command

If no service is currently running via bst proxy, and HTTP endpoint can be specified with the --url option:

$ bst intend HelloIntent --url https://my.skill.com/skill/path

Interaction Model Format and Location

If your Interaction Model is not stored under ./models, or you have multiple locales, you can use an option to specify another location.

By default, we look for:

  • ./models/en-US.json

"Example With Alternative Locale:"

$ bst intend HelloIntent -m models/en-UK.json

These files are JSON, and typically defined by the ASK CLI tool from Amazon.

An example of these file can be found here.