Send emails to Slack

Sending emails to Slack ensures that all of the information you need is in one central location. There are three ways to do this: 

  • Install the Microsoft Outlook or Gmail add-on
    Send emails one at a time from your inbox to any channel or direct message (DM) in a Slack workspace. Available on all plans.
  • Connect the Email app to your workspace
    Automatically forward emails from your provider to a specific Slack channel or DM. Available on the Standard and Plus plans.
  • Set up a forwarding address
    Forward emails to your DM with Slackbot. Available on all plans.

 

Install an email add-on

To send emails to Slack directly from your inbox, we offer custom add-ons for Microsoft Outlook for Office 365 and Gmail. These add-ons help you move conversations forward by bringing context from an email into a channel or DM. Anyone with access to Gmail or Outlook through your company can use them.

 

Connect the Email app to your workspace

If your workspace is on the Standard or Plus plan, you can install the email app to automatically route emails from your provider to a channel or DM in Slack.

Connect

Disconnect

  1. Head to the Email app page in the Slack App Directory.
  2. Click Add to Slack
  3. Choose the channel or DM you'd like emails sent to.
  4. Click Add Email Integration.

You'll receive a confirmation email from Slack with your unique email address. Add it to your address book for easy reference!

Note: The header and body of an email sent to Slack cannot exceed 1MB, or 30MB when combined with attachments. Emails can include up to 20 attachments. 

  1. Head to the Slack App Directory.
  2. Click Manage, then select Apps.
  3. Click Email, then click the  pencil icon to edit the configuration.
  4. Click Disable in the top right.
  5. Click OK. Emails will stop being delivered to Slack immediately.

 

Set up a forwarding email address

Any member (but not guests) can set up a forwarding email address to receive emails in a DM with Slackbot. This is a great way to store additional context in Slack alongside your other private notes and files.

Enable

Disable

  1. From your desktop, click your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Choose Messages & media.
  4. Scroll down to Bring Emails into Slack and click Get a Forwarding Address.
  5. Click Copy next to the email address.
  6. Add your Slack-generated address as a new forwarding address in your email application.

Once you’ve successfully set up your forwarding address, Slackbot will send you a message to confirm.

  1. From your desktop, click your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Choose Messages & media.
  4. Scroll down to Bring Emails into Slack.
  5. Click Disable this address.

Note: Emails sent from mailing lists that do not specify a sender will not arrive in Slack.

Who can use this feature?
  • All members and sometimes guests
  • All plans can install email add-ons or set up a forwarding email address, but the Email app is only available on the Standard and Plus plans