Audio (APL for Audio)

The Audio component plays the provided audio file, such as an MP3 file.


The Audio component has the base component properties and the following component-specific properties:

Property Type Default Description
source String "" Specifies the URL for a remote audio file to play.


Specifies the URL for a remote audio file to play. The URL must reference an audio file that meets the audio file requirements.

The source property accepts a single URL to play a single audio file. To play a series of audio files, use a Sequencer component with Audio as its child component.

Alexa Skills Kit Sound Library support

The Audio component supports the Alexa Skills Kit Sound Library for playing sound effects.

When you copy code for a sound from the sound library documentation, the code includes the full SSML audio tag. Extract the URL for the sound and assign it to the source property of the Audio component.

For example, copying the sound "nature_08" copies the following SSML code.

<audio src="soundbank://soundlibrary/water/nature/nature_08"/>

To use this in the Audio component, assign the URL soundbank://soundlibrary/water/nature/nature_08 to the source property as shown in this example.

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  "type": "Audio",
  "source": "soundbank://soundlibrary/water/nature/nature_08"

Audio file support

Audio files used with the Audio component must meet the following requirements.

Audio input formats

The Audio component supports audio files in the following formats:

  • aac
  • mp3
  • ogg
  • opus
  • wav

Audio input requirements

The audio file must meet the following requirements:

  • Bit rate – The bit rate must be less than or equal to 1411.20 kbps.
  • Sample rate – The sample rate must be less than or equal to 48kHz.
  • File size – The file size of the audio clip can't be greater than 10mb. If your file size is larger than 10mb, consider editing the duration of the file or converting the file to another format, such as MP3 or Opus.
  • Response length – The combined total time for the entire audio response generated from the components cannot be more than 240 seconds.

URL requirements

Any URL provided in an APLA document, such as with the “source” property in an Audio component, are required to comply with the following:

  • HTTPS – The audio file must be hosted at an Internet-accessible HTTPS endpoint.
  • SSL certificates: – The domain hosting the audio file must present a valid, trusted SSL certificate. Avoid using self-signed certificates. APL and Alexa Skills both use the same trusted list of CAs: List of trusted CAs from Mozilla
  • CORS wildcards – Audio files must be CORS wildcard-enabled. The service must respond with the following header: Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *.

Supported channel layouts

The APL rendering engine supports the following channel layouts as input:

  • mono
  • stereo

Maximum concurrently mixing audio sources

You can mix no more than four audio sources together at any given moment.


This example plays the rainforest sound stored at the specified URL. In this example, the audio file at the URL must meet the requirements described in Audio file support

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  "type": "Audio",
  "source": ""

This example plays the bird sound effects provided in the ASK sound library.

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  "type": "Audio",
  "source": "soundbank://soundlibrary/animals/amzn_sfx_bird_forest_02"

Last updated: Jul 15, 2021