Adaptive Cards for Bot Developers

Adaptive Cards are a great fit for Bots. They let you author a card once and have it render beautifully inside multiple apps, like Skype*, Microsoft Teams*, your own website, and more.

Note

Skype and Microsoft Teams are not yet supported in the current preview, but we're working on it! See the Partner Status page for the latest.

Try it out

Click the following link and talk to our Scuba Bot. Say I'm looking for scuba and it'll help you book the scuba trip of your dreams.

All of the bot's responses are created with Adaptive Cards.

Scuba chat screenshot

Get the code: the full Contoso Scuba Bot source code can be found on GitHub.

Bot Framework Integration

With the Bot Framework you can write a single bot that is able to chat with users across multiple "channels", like Skype, Microsoft Teams, Facebook Messenger, etc.

Walkthrough

It's pretty straight forward to add an Adaptive Card to your bot.

Step 0: Start with a basic message

Here's a standard Bot Framework message payload that can be delivered to any channel and display text to the user.

{
   "type": "message",
   "text": "Plain text is ok, but sometimes I long for more..."
}

Step 1: Add an Adaptive Card attachment

To add some richness beyond just text, the Bot Framework has a concept of attachments.

Let's attach an Adaptive Card that displays custom text.

Basic adaptive card

{
  "type": "message",
  "text": "Plain text is ok, but sometimes I long for more...",
  "attachments": [
    {
      "contentType": "application/vnd.microsoft.card.adaptive",
      "content": {
        "type": "AdaptiveCard",
        "version": "1.0",
        "body": [
          {
            "type": "TextBlock",
            "text": "Hello World!",
            "size": "large"
          },
          {
            "type": "TextBlock",
            "text": "*Sincerely yours,*"
          },
          {
            "type": "TextBlock",
            "text": "Adaptive Cards",
            "separation": "none"
          }
        ],
        "actions": [
          {
            "type": "Action.OpenUrl",
            "url": "http://adaptivecards.io",
            "title": "Learn More"
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}

Step 2: Build even richer cards

Adaptive Cards offer much more than just customizable text.

You can:

  • Add Images to your card
  • Organize your content with Containers and Columns
  • Add multiple types of Actions
  • Collect Input from your users
  • Have one card show another card
  • Check out the full schema explorer!

Platform SDKs

If your bot is developed using .NET or NodeJS we have libraries to make building Adaptive Cards even easier.

Platform Install Learn more
.NET Install-Package AdaptiveCards -IncludePrerelease Bot Framework .NET Docs
NodeJS npm install adaptivecards Bot Framework NodeJS Docs

Channel status

The Bot Framework lets you publish your bot to multiple channels. We're working with various channels to provide full support for Adaptive Cards. See the Partner Status page for the latest.

Dive in!

We've just scratched the surface in this tutorial, so please take a look at the links below to explore more ways that Adaptive Cards can enhance your bot.