Google Assistant Project Configuration

Learn how to configure your Google Assistant projects using the jovo.project.js file.

Introduction

The Google Assistant project configuration defines how the Google Assistant CLI plugin builds and deploys Google Assistant project files using the Jovo CLI. Learn more about all Google Assistant CLI commands here.

You can add the Google Assistant plugin for the Jovo CLI and its configurations to your project configuration in jovo.project.js:

const { ProjectConfig } = require('@jovotech/cli');
const { GoogleAssistantCli } = require('@jovotech/platform-googleassistant');
// ...

const project = new ProjectConfig({
  // ...
  plugins: [
    new GoogleAssistantCli({
      projectId: '<yourProjectId>',
      locales: {
        /* ... */
      },
      resourcesDirectory: 'resources',
      files: {
        /* ... */
      },
    }),
    // ...
  ],
});

The following options are currently supported:

  • projectId (required): The Google Action project ID that the project should be deployed to.
  • locales: Defines how the locales in the models folder should be mapped to Google Assistant locales.
  • resourcesDirectory: The folder where resources are maintained.
  • files: This can be used to add or override files in your Google Assistant build folder.

projectId

The gactions CLI can't create Google Actions projects, so before the first time you use the the deploy command, you need to head to the Google Actions Console and create a new Google Action project using the Actions Builder. Learn how to create a project in the official Google Assistant docs.

It is important that the project has the "Actions API" enabled in the Google Cloud API Console so that the CLI can access it. You can use this URL structure to reach the setting: https://console.cloud.google.com/apis/library/actions.googleapis.com?project=<yourProjectId> (if you're logged into multiple accounts, you need to potentially add the number of the logged in account, e.g. &authuser=1).

You can then head to the project settings (they can be found by clicking the three dots next to your profile picture at the top right), copy the project ID, and add it to your project configuration like this:

new GoogleAssistantCli({
  projectId: '<yourProjectId>',
  // ...
});

This ensures that your project is always deployed to the right Google Action project.

The projectId property can be especially helpful for staging, where different stages deploy to different Actions:

const project = new ProjectConfig({
  // ...

  defaultStage: 'dev',
  stages: {
    dev: {
      endpoint: '${JOVO_WEBHOOK_URL}',
      plugins: [
        new GoogleAssistantCli({
          projectId: '<devProjectId>',
          // ...
        }),
      ],
      // ...
    },
    prod: {
      endpoint: process.env.ENDPOINT_PROD,
      plugins: [
        new GoogleAssistantCli({
          projectId: '<prodProjectId>',
          // ...
        }),
      ],
      // ...
    },
  },
});

locales

During the build command, the Jovo Model files in the models folder get turned into Google Assistant conversation models in the build folder.

The models folder can include files for generic languages (like en) as well as localized ones (like en-US). Google Assistant requires you to use generic locales like en. Additionally, you can add localized ones like en-US. See the official Google Assistant documentation for supported locales).

If you only want to go with generic models like en and for example have an en.json Jovo Model, there is nothing you need to configure. However, if you use files like en-US.json, you need to add a mapping to the locales configuration to make sure that an en model is added to the Google Action as well.

The below example uses an en-US Jovo Model and creates en and en-US Google Action models:

new GoogleAssistantCli({
  locales: {
    'en-US': ['en', 'en-US'],
  },
  // ...
});

resourcesDirectory

Google Assistant offers the ability to maintain resources/assets in a local folder and reference them in your settings using a $resources variable. Learn more in the official Google Assistant docs.

To enable this feature, you need to set the resourcesDirectory option in the Google Assistant CLI config:

new GoogleAssistantCli({
  resourcesDirectory: 'resources',
});

In the example above, the directory is called resources in the root of your Jovo project.

During the build command, the files from the specified folder are then copied over to a resources folder in the build/platform.googleAssistant folder.

files

You can use the Jovo CLI File Builder to add or override files in a path of the Google Assistant folder in the build directory.

For example, you can make changes to the settings.yaml file like this:

new GoogleAssistantCli({
  files: {
    'settings/settings.yaml': {
      localizedSettings: {
        displayName: 'My App Name',
      },
    },
  },
  // ...
});

The JSON content will be turned into YAML content to fit the settings.yaml file structure.

One use case for this is to edit the settings in the Actions on Google Console, retrieve the files using the get command, and then add all necessary settings to files to keep jovo.project.js as single source of truth.