Installing New Skills

There are a few ways to install skills in ovos. The official way is to use osm

OVOS skills manager

Install skills from any appstore!

The mycroft-skills-manager alternative that is not vendor locked, this means you must use it responsibly!

Do not install random skills, different appstores have different policies!

Keep in mind any skill you install can modify mycroft-core at runtime, and very likely has root access if you are running on a raspberry pi

Supported stores

  • OVOS - this one is really a proof of concept for now, stay tuned!
  • Mycroft Marketplace - the official mycroft skills store, all skills are reviewed by humans!
  • Pling - the official plasma bigscreen skills store, skills are accepted by default and only removed if flagged as malicious
  • Andlo's skill list - not a real appstore, this is a web scrapped automatically generated list of 900+ skills from all over github, there is no review at all, it will catch malicious skills

OpenVoiceOS Skill Manager

pip install ovos-skills-manager

Enable a skill store

osm enable --appstore [ovos|mycroft|pling|andlo|all]

Search for a skill and install it

osm install --search

See more osm commands

osm --help
osm install --help

More Information

Manual Install

Finding Skills

Most skills are found throughout github. The official skills can be found at the OpenVoiceOS github page. Search the repositories for "skills". There are a few other places they can be found. Neon AI has several skills, and a search through github will for sure find more.

Installing a found skill

pip install

The preferred method is with pip. If a skill has a file, it can be installed this way.

The syntax is pip install git+<github/repository.git>.

ex. pip install git+ should install the ovos-date-time skill

After installing skills this way, ovos skills service needs to be restarted

buildroot / raspbian

systemctl --user restart mycroft-skills

manjaro / other system installed services

systemctl restart mycroft-skills

git install

Skills can also be directly cloned to the skill directory, usually located at ~/.local/share/mycroft/skills/

enter the skill directory

cd ~/.local/share/mycroft/skills

and clone the found skill here with git

git clone <github/repository.git>

ex. git clone will install the ovos-date-time skill.

A restart of the ovos-skills service is not required when installing this way.