Add an app to your workspace

Who can use this feature?
  • All members (by default)
  • FreeStandardPlus, and Enterprise Grid plans

Slack can be even more useful when all of your teammates, tools, and work are in one place. Add apps to your workspace to connect the tools and services you use every day and get more work done without leaving Slack.

Find apps

There are two ways to browse for apps: directly in Slack or in the Slack App Directory. 

Discover apps in Slack

You can see apps other members of your workspace are already using and search for new ones without leaving Slack. From your desktop, click   Apps in the left sidebar. 

Page in Slack desktop app showing apps available to members of an example workspace

Any apps you've used recently will be listed below Relevant to you. Apps already installed to your workspace will be shown under Apps in [your workspace]. Below App Recommendations, you'll find popular apps you can add to Slack (but you won't see recommendations if there are more than 10 apps installed to your workspace). 

If your Workspace Owner has pre-approved apps for your workspace, you'll see them in the Available Apps section. 

Explore the Slack App Directory

The Slack App Directory lists every app that can be integrated with Slack. No matter what your role or industry, there’s an app that can help make your work simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

Install apps

If you're browsing apps from the Slack desktop app, click Add to install an app. From an app's page in the App Directory, click the Add to Slack button. Then, follow the prompts to install the app or connect your account. You'll see the option to connect your account after clicking Add to Slack if an app has already been installed to your workspace.

Note: All members of your workspace will be able to connect their accounts and use an app once it's installed.

Submit an app request

Workspace Owners can choose to restrict members' ability to install apps, and approve or restrict certain apps for a workspace. To view pre-approved apps, click Apps in the left sidebar and find Available Apps. To find pre-approved apps in the App Directory, click Pre-Approved below Categories  in the left column.   

If you find an app you want to use that hasn't been pre-approved, you can request approval: 

  1. Click Add to Slack
  2. Add a custom message with more context about your request. This may be optional, or required by your Workspace Owners. 
  3. Click Submit. You'll receive a direct message from Slackbot when your request has been reviewed. 

Tips for using apps

Apps can be built to do just about anything, so no two apps work exactly the same way. These tips can help you make the most out of apps in your workspace: 

  • Keep things focused. If an app posts a high volume of updates, consider creating a dedicated channel for the app. Anyone who wants to follow along can join that channel.
  • Get familiar with commands and actions. Many apps include slash commands that you can use to perform certain tasks right from Slack. Others rely on message actions, which you can use to complete an action or send information to another service with one click.