Creating a skill

It is easy to develop skills for Mycroft. The most important part is to understand the structure of each skill.

Setting up the folders

Once you've come up with your idea for a skill, make a new folder in /opt/mycroft/skills with the desired skill name. Please note that this folder name should be lower-case, and do not use the names of frequently used python modules such as time to avoid conflicts.

For skills, there should generally be four things inside this folder - a folder called dialog, a file called, a folder called test, and a folder called vocab. You can also optionally have a regex folder, used to define regex phrases for more flexible vocab. The folder structure should look like this:

- my-skill-name
-- dialog
-- regex
-- test
-- vocab


The dialog folder contains subfolders for each spoken language the skill supports, each of which has .dialog files for what Mycroft should say when he executes a skill. The general structure looks like


Take a look at the Hello World Skill as an example. Its dialog folder has an en-us subfolder in it, which corresponds to American English. Inside are three dialog files. As an example, look inside welcome.dialog. It looks like

Any time.
Glad to be of service.
Glad to help.
My Pleasure.
No problem.
You're welcome.

Note that Mycroft will not say all of these things when the skill is executed. Instead, he randomly chooses from each of the lines in the file to determine what to say.

There are generally seperate .dialog files for each intent defined in the skill. is where you put the actual bulk of the skill, including a class that inherits from the MycroftSkill class and contains functions that pertain to how the skill operates. For now, just create an empty file.


The vocab folder contains subfolders for each language supported, like en-us. Inside each language folder, we place .voc files which contain phrases or keywords that determine what Mycroft will listen for to trigger the skill.


Looking at the Hello World Skill again, there is a ThankYouKeyword.voc file in the en-us folder that contains the vocabulary for the thank you intent in the Hello World Skill. It contains a list of keywords and phrases that trigger the intent, and looks like the following:

thank you

In this case, whenever a user says either thank you or thanks, Mycroft will be able to identify that those phrases are related to the Hello World Skill, and trigger the logic for that skill.

There are generally seperate .voc files for each intent, and sometimes multiple files per intent.

Regular expressions are very powerful and also quite complicated, and this has only explained a small part of them. Look through a regex tutorial if you want to learn more.


The test folder contains a subfolder for intent, inside of which are .intent.json files. These are used to test whether your code properly creates intents.