Jovo Quickstart Guide

Learn how to quickly create a Jovo app for the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice platforms in simple steps.

For the full installation guide, take a look here.

Install the Jovo CLI

We highly recommend using the Jovo CLI if you want to benefit from all the features coming with Jovo. You can find alternatives on our installation page.

Install the Jovo CLI globally with:

After successful installation, you should be able to see the Jovo CLI menu by just typing the following into your command line:

You can check the version number (and compare it to the jovo-cli npm package version) with this command:

Find a full list of Jovo CLI Commands here.

Create a new Jovo Project

You can create a Jovo project into a new directory with the following command:

This will create a new folder, download the Jovo "Hello World" template, and install all the necessary dependencies so you can get started right away.

This is how a typical Jovo project looks like:

Find out more about the Jovo project structure here.

Run and Test the Code

To test the logic of your code, you can use the local development server provided by Jovo, and the Jovo Debugger.

To get started, use the following command:

This will start the development server on port 3000 and create a Jovo Webhook URL that can be used for local development. Copy this link and open it in your browser to use the Jovo Debugger.

Jovo Debugger

In the Debugger, you can quickly test if the flow of your voice app works. For this example, click on the LAUNCH button, and then specify a name on the MyNameIsIntent button. The Debugger will create requests and run them agains your local webhook.

Find out more about requests and responses here.

Next Steps

After getting your first "Hello World," here are the next steps to get started with the Jovo Framework and voice app development.

Routing and App Logic

Take a look at the app.js file in the src folder to get an understanding of how the app logic is built:

Find out more about routing here.

Language Model

The handler methods that are referenced in the app logic, e.g. HelloWorldIntent and MyNameIsIntent, are so called intents that are defined in the app's language model.

Voice platforms offer different types of natural language understanding (NLU) services that offer different schemas. The Jovo Language Model can be used as an abstraction layer that can later be converted into platform-specific models.

Find out more about the Jovo Language Model here.

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