26 openHAB Commands for Alexa

The openHAB Alexa Smart Home Skill allows you to control IoT devices just by giving a voice command through Alexa-enabled speakers. Make sure you already configure openHAB and enable Alexa skills beforehand. Not only that, some commands might not available in certain regions. Check out the Regional Availability for more information.


“Alexa, turn on the lights.”

“Turn on the kitchen lights.”

“Alexa, switch off the bedroom light.”

“Set lamp color to orange.”

“Set the bedroom color to blue.”

“Dim the light by 50%.”

“Brighten the light by 15%.”

“Dim the light to 20%.”

“Alexa, set the dining room color softer.”


“Alexa, is the downstairs thermostat on?”

“What is the current temperature?”

“What is the kitchen temperature?”

“Set the living room temperature to 21 degrees Celcius.”

“Alexa, increase the temperature by 3 degrees.”

“Set the temperature to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.”

“Cool down the bedroom temperature.”

“Set the temperature to minimum.”

“Set the temperature to maximum.”

“Enable eco mode.”

“Alexa, make the temperature warmer.”


“Alexa, show me the camera from the kid bedroom.”

“Is the camera in the front yard on?”

“Alexa, turn on the door camera.”


“Is the door locked?”

“Alexa, Unlock the front door.”

“Alexa, lock the front door.”


You can let Amazon Echo to control various things, including, but not limited to:

(These are not a command, but rather examples of command features that can be used after both openHAB and Alexa have connected correctly.)

  • Use echo device as text to speech from a rule
  • Adjust music volume
  • Pause/continue/next track/previous track
  • Connect/disconnect Bluetooth devices
  • Start playing Amazon Music
  • Control of multi-room music
  • Show album art image in sitemap
  • Speak a reminder message
  • Plays an alarm sound
  • Start traffic news
  • Start daily briefing
  • Start weather report
  • Start good morning report
  • Start automation routine
  • Activate multiple configurations of flash briefings
  • Change the volume of the alarm
  • Change the equalizer settings
  • Get information about the next alarm, reminder, and timer
  • Send a message to the echo devices