Jovo Core Platform

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Build your own voice and text assistant by extending Jovo's core platform

Jovo Core Platform

Learn more about the Jovo Core Platform, which can be used to deploy a voice experiences to custom devices and hardware, including the web, mobile apps, and Raspberry Pi.


Besides integrations with major platforms like Alexa, Google Assistant, or Facebook Messenger, Jovo also enables you to connect your own clients to build fully custom conversational experiences for both voice and chat.

As each platform comes with its own structure for requests and responses, companies often create their own internal platform integration with Jovo. You can learn more about the process in this Tutorial: Add a Custom Platform to the Jovo Framework.

To make the process easier, we created the Jovo Core Platform which comes with its own request and response JSON structure and a lot of helpful features off-the-shelf.

How it works

Jovo Client and Jovo Core Platform

The Jovo Core Platform can be connected to any client (the "frontend" that records speech or text input and passes it to the Jovo app). You can either implement your own client or use existing Jovo Clients.

The client sends a request to the Jovo app that may contain audio, text, or other input. The Jovo Core Platform then deals with this information and returns a response back to the client. Learn more about the Core Platform request and response structures below.

Depending on the client, it may be necessary to add integrations to the platform to convert the input to structured data:

After these integrations are added, building a Jovo app for custom clients is similar to building for platforms like Alexa and Google Assistant. Take a look at the Jovo Docs to learn more.


Install the integration into your project directory:

Import the installed module, initialize and add it to the app object.


You can access the corePlatformApp object like this:

The returned object will be an instance of CorePlatformApp if the current request is compatible with the Core Platform. Otherwise undefined will be returned.

Requests and Responses

In a Jovo app, each interaction goes through a request & response cycle, where the Jovo app receives the request from the client in a JSON format, routes through the logic, and then assembles a response that is sent back to the client.

The request usually contains data like an audio file or raw text (find all sample request JSONs here):

The response contains all the information that is needed by the client to display content (find all sample response JSONs here):

Adding Integrations

Depending on how the client sends the data (e.g. just a raw audio file, or written text), it may be necessary to add Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) or Natural Language Understanding (NLU) integrations to the Jovo Core Platform.

Integrations can be added with the use method:

The example below uses the Jovo NLU integration for NLPjs to turn raw text into structured meaning:

Responding with Actions

Actions are additional ways (beyond speech output) how the client can respond to the user. You can add or set Actions like this:

INFO The actions generated for the speech of tell and ask will NOT be overwritten.

There are several action types available:

There are also containers that can be used to nest actions:


The SpeechAction can be used to display text and synthesize text.


The AudioAction can be used to play an audio file.


The VisualAction can be used for visual output like cards.


The ProcessingAction can be used to display processing information.


The CustomAction can be used to send a custom payload that can be handled by the client.


The SequenceContainer can be used to nest actions. All actions inside this container will be processed after another.


The ParallelContainer can be used to nest actions. All actions inside this container will be processed simultaneously.

Using the ActionBuilder

CorePlatformApp has the properties $actions and $repromptActions, which are instances of ActionBuilder. The ActionBuilder is the recommended way of filling the output for the Core Platform.

Example Usage:

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Core Platform Changelog

Current version might be higher than the latest changes displayed below because of updates of dependencies.

3.0.17 (2020-05-28)

🐛 Bug Fix

3.0.11 (2020-04-06)

  • Updated Typescript to 3.8.x
  • Updated Prettier to 2.x

Committers: 2

3.0.3 (2020-02-25)

💅 Enhancement


Find the 2.x changelog here.

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