Share and access files in Slack

You can share a file that you’ve already added to Slack to a channel or direct message, or by sharing a link. Any member with access to a file you’ve uploaded to Slack can also share it with others.


Share a file in Slack

Sharing a file with its original message can provide additional context or keep a discussion going. Sharing a stand-alone file is particularly helpful when sending a file in a shared channel or to a guest.  To share the file in more than one location, repeat these same steps.


Share a file in a message

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. If you want to share the original message with the file, hover over the message you’d like to share. If you want to share the stand-alone file, hover over just the file.
  2. Click the   Share icon.
  3. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you'd like.
  4. Click Share.
  1. If you want to share the original message with the file, press and hold the message you’d like to share. If you want to share the stand-alone file, tap the file.
  2. Tap the  Share icon.
  3. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you'd like.
  4. Tap Send.
  1. If you want to share the original message with the file, press and hold the message you’d like to share. If you want to share the stand-alone file, tap the file.
  2. Tap the  Share icon.
  3. Choose where to share the file and add a message, if you'd like.
  4. Tap the   paper airplane icon in the top right corner of the screen.


Copy a link to a file

Keep in mind that when you copy a link to a file and share it, only members of your workspace will be able to open it.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Hover over the file.
  2. Click the  More actions icon.
  3. Click Copy link to file.
  4. Share the file link in a channel or direct message.
  1. Tap on the file or image.
  2. Tap the  More actions icon.
  3. Select Copy Link.
  4. Share the file link in a channel or direct message.
  1. Select the file or image.
  2. Tap the  Overflow menu in the bottom right.
  3. Select Copy Link.
  4. Share the file link in a channel or direct message.


Share a file outside of Slack

As a member of a workspace, you can create an external link to share a file outside of Slack. Any member can create an external link to a file shared to a public channel, but only the uploader of the file can create an external link to a file in a private channel. If you uploaded the file, you can also 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're a Workspace Owner or Admin, you can disable the option to create external links from your workspace's Settings & Permissions page.


Access shared files

On your desktop, you can view and download any shared files in your workspace. On your mobile device, you can download and save any shared image files.


View shared files

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. From your desktop, click   Files in the left sidebar.
  2. Click the All file types drop-down menu to filter for a specific kind of file.
  3. Click the From: drop-down menu to choose if you want to see files from everyone or a specific person.
It's not possible to view all shared files from the Slack iOS app at this time.

It's not possible to view all shared files from the Slack Android app at this time.


Download shared files

Desktop

iOS

Android

Download a file

From your desktop, you can download any type of file that's been shared to your workspace:

  1. Hover over the file you'd like to download.
  2. Click the    download icon. That's it!

When your file starts downloading, you'll see a notification in the bottom-right corner of Slack. Click the file name to open the file. To show the file in your computer's Finder or Explorer, press Shift as you click the file name.

Tip: To view all your downloaded files, open the  Files browser in your left sidebar and click  Downloads in the top right.

Manage your default download location

Follow the steps below to change your default download location on desktop.

Note: You'll only see the option to change your default download location if you installed the desktop app from the Slack website

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click Advanced.
  4. Under Download location, click Change and select your preference.

From your iOS device, you can download and save an image file that's been shared to your workspace:

  1. Tap the image you'd like to save.
  2. Tap the  three dots icon.
  3. Tap Save Image.

From your Android device, you can download and save an image file that's been shared to your workspace:

  1. Tap the image you'd like to save.
  2. Tap the  three dots icon.
  3. Tap Save Image.