Share links and set preview preferences

It's easy to share web content like articles, pages and tweets in Slack. When you share a link, you'll see a preview of the content just below your message. If you don't want to see link previews, you can turn them off.

Share links

To share a link in Slack, copy and paste the URL into the message field and send. Most links will automatically expand to show a preview of the web page. Here's an example from the desktop app:


Tip: You can create hyperlinks in your messages to give links a cleaner look. To learn more, visit Format your messages.

When previews don’t display

Here are some reasons why your link might not expand to show a preview:

  • The link contains no preview data. If the web page doesn't include the necessary embedded data, the preview won't expand.
  • You linked to a private page or file. For example, you won't see a preview of password-protected YouTube or Vimeo videos.
  • It was recently posted by another member of your workspace. No attachment will expand if that link was shared in the same conversation within the past hour.
  • You haven’t added the Twitter app yet. If Twitter URLs don’t expand to show the full tweet, add the Twitter app to your workspace.
  • It links to audio or video hosted by a service that we haven't added to our allowlist. We're working to approve more services in future.
  • http:// was not included. Try adding http:// and your link should expand.
  • Your message contains more than four links. If your message has five or more links included, they won't expand.


Remove a link preview 

  1. From your desktop, hover over the link preview.
  2. Click the  that appears on the left side of the link.

Note: It's not currently possible to remove a link preview from the mobile app.

Turn off link previews 

If you’d prefer not to see previews for shared links, you can adjust your settings:

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click Messages & media in the left sidebar.
  4. Below Inline media & links, untick the boxes next to these options: 
    Show images and files from linked websites
     Show text previews of linked websites

Note: For some apps and integrations, link previews won't be disabled when the options above are unticked.