In this section, you will learn how to deal with entities and slot values provided by your users.

Introduction to User Input

Learn how to add inputs to the Jovo Language Model here.

We call user input any additional information your user provides besides an intent. On Amazon Alexa, input is usually called a slot, on Google Assistant/Dialogflow an entity or parameter.

How to Access Input

With the update to Jovo v2, we changed the way you can access input values. Please read more below, or take a look at our migration document.

You can access the complete object of inputs with this.$inputs, and a specific input by its name: this.$

Each input is an object which looks like this:

For example, if we want to access the value of an input name provided by the user, we can do so by using name.value.

Other parameters (like id or platform specific elements) can be found in the object as well.


Similar to intentMap, there are cases where it might be valuable (due to naming conventions on different platforms or built-in input types) to map different input entities to one defined Jovo inputName. You can add this to the configuration section of your voice app:

Example: You want to ask your users for their name and created a slot called name on the Amazon Developer Platform. However, on Dialogflow, you decided to use the pre-defined entity given-name. You can now use an inputMap to match incoming inputs from Alexa and Google.

With this, you can use name to get the input with both Alexa and Google requests:

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