Getting Started With The Bespoken CLI


Make sure you have NPM and node installed:

$ node --version && npm --version

We support node version 4.x.x and above. For help installing, see How To Install NPM

Next, install the Bespoken command line tool (bst):

$ npm install bespoken-tools -g

Note: If you are on MacOS and the command fails, it is probably because you need to run it with sudo, like this:

$ sudo npm install bespoken-tools -g

Verify the installation by typing:

$ bst

You will then be able to use our commands, described below:

  • Proxy Proxies the Alexa service to your laptop - develop and debug with the real Alexa
  • Utter Emulate utterances coming from Alexa, without Alexa. Magic!
  • Intend Emulate intents coming from Alexa
  • Launch Emulate launch requests coming from Alexa
  • Speak Sends utterances directly to the real Alexa

You can also use:

  • --version, -v - Indicates the current BST and Node versions
  • --help, -h - Shows usage information


To update bst:

$ npm update bespoken-tools -g