Browse and share files in Slack

You can browse files that have been added to your Slack workspace and easily share them to other channels and direct messages (DMs). You can also create external links to share files outside of Slack.


Browse files in your workspace

From your desktop, you can browse files added to any public channels, plus the private channels and DMs you're a part of. From the Slack iOS app, you can only browse files that you’ve added.

Desktop

iOS

  1. From your desktop, click  File browser at the top of your left sidebar. If you don’t see this option, click  More to find it.
  2. To find a specific file, click   Filter on the right side of the search bar and select an option.
  1. From the   Home tab, swipe right to open the main menu.
  2. Tap Files to view files that you’ve added to your workspace.

Note: It's not possible to browse files from the Slack Android app at this time.


Share files in Slack

To add detail and context to conversations, you can easily share a file that's been added to Slack in channels or DMs. If the file was added with a message, you can choose to share the message that contains the file, or just the file itself.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Hover over the message or the file itself.
  2. Click the   Share icon.
  3. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you'd like.
  4. Click Share.

Tip: You can also copy a link to a file or message. Click the   Share icon, then click the Copy Link button.

  1. Tap and hold the message or file you’d like to share.
  2. Tap the   Share icon.
  3. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you'd like.
  4. Tap Send.
  1. Tap and hold the message or file you’d like to share.
  2. Tap the   Share icon.
  3. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you'd like.
  4. Tap the  paper plane icon in the top right corner of the screen.


Share files outside of Slack

To share a file outside of Slack, you can create an external link from your desktop. Here's what to expect:

  • For files shared in public channels, any member can create an external link.
  • For files shared in private channels, only the person who uploaded the file can create an external link.
  • The person who uploads a file can revoke its external link at any time.

Create an external link

Revoke an external link

  1. From your desktop, hover over the file you'd like to create a link for.
  2. Click the  More actions icon.
  3. Select Create external link.
  4. Copy the link to your clipboard, then click Done.
  1. From your desktop, hover over the file you'd like to revoke a link for.
  2. Click the  More actions icon.
  3. Select View external link.
  4. Click Revoke, then click Revoke It.

Note: If you don’t see the option to create an external link, you may be attempting to create an external link for a file shared from another service, like Box, Google Drive, or OneDrive. A Workspace Owner or Admin may have also disabled this feature.