GitHub for Slack

GitHub brings teams of software developers together to write code and manage projects. When you connect GitHub to Slack, you can get notified of all sorts of events in the Slack channels of your choosing. Connect two of your most important tools and stay on top of your work, all from Slack. 🛠

Decide which app to use

  • GitHub for Slack: Are you on the GitHub Developer, Team or Business subscription? This app is for you!
  • Github Notifications (Legacy): This app is compatible with GitHub Enterprise.

Note: GitHub has released a new version of the GitHub app for Slack, and will be ending support for the current version in July 2020.

Install the app

GitHub for Slack 

GitHub Notifications (Legacy)

With the GitHub app, you can get link previews in Slack for public repositories, set up notifications with slash commands and easily stay up to date on project activity.

Install the app

  1. Visit and click on Add to Slack.
  2. Review the permissions that the app needs to access, and click on Continue to allow.
  3. Select the channels that the app can access: all public channels, specific ones or none.

Once you’ve installed the app, the GitHub app will send you a direct message to help you complete set-up and teach you about the /github slash command.

Tip: Use the slash command /github subscribe owner/repo to subscribe to your previous configurations.

Customise your notifications

The GitHub app makes it easy to customise what gets posted in Slack. You can subscribe to activity that’s relevant for the whole channel to see, and unsubscribe from other types that are less helpful. Certain activities will notify you in Slack by default, while some others won’t:

Features enabled by default

  • issues
  • pulls
  • statuses
  • commits
  • deployments
  • public

Features not enabled by default

  • reviews
  • comments
  • branches
  • commits:all


You can use the following slash commands to customise your notifications:

  • /github subscribe owner/repo [feature]
  • /github unsubscribe owner/repo [feature]

Install the app

  1. Visit GitHub in the Slack App Directory.
  2. Click on Install, or Add configuration if one already exists.
  3. Select a channel where GitHub events will be posted, or click on Create a new channel to make a brand-new one.
  4. Click on Add GitHub integration.
  5. In your GitHub account, go to the repository that you’d like to monitor. Click on Settings in the top navigation.
  6. Click on Webhooks in the left navigation, then Add webhook.
  7. From the Slack App Directory window, click on Copy URL.
  8. Returning to your GitHub account, paste the URL under Payload URL.
  9. For the Content type, make sure that application/json is selected.
  10. Confirm that SSL verification is turned on.
  11. Click on Add webhook.
  12. Return to your Slack set-up page and click on Save integration.