A guide to apps and the App Directory

As a collaboration hub, Slack brings the right people and info together to get work done. But what about your tools? That’s where apps come in – they help you connect services such as Zendesk, Salesforce and Jira to Slack, including your own proprietary tools.


What are apps?

An app (short for application) is a piece of software that connects a service or tool to Slack. Apps can be built by Slack, third parties or by your own team.

Think of apps as tools: they fulfil a specific need to help you do your work in Slack. This means you can share information, automate tasks or access services without ever leaving your Slack workspace.


Who can use apps

Apps are for everyone. Want to connect the tools and services you use to Slack? Or need to make workflows more efficient? With 1,500+ apps in the Slack App Directory, there’s probably an app that can help.

Not sure where to begin? Below is a selection of tools lots of companies use on a daily basis. Select an option from each category, connect them to your workspace*, and you’ll be off to a flying start.

🗂File management
Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and more options

📹Video conferencing
BlueJeans, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex, Zoom and more

✅Projects and tasks
Asana, Jira, Trello, To-Do and many more

🗣Meetings
Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, Doodle BotX.AI meeting scheduling

📬Email
Slack for Gmail, Slack for Outlook

🎉Social and fun
Donut, Giphy, Polly and lots more


Where to find apps

The Slack App Directory is the place to go. Browse all sorts of apps, whether for a specific type of work or a specific role. Each app is built to work with Slack, and all are reviewed by our team.


Who can add apps

Any member (except a guest) can add apps to a workspace, but workspace and org owners can restrict this permission if they choose. Learn more about managing apps for a single workspace or for an Enterprise Grid org.

*Note: If you don’t have permission to install apps, you might need to submit an app request to your owners and admins. Include details about how you’ll use the app and as much context as possible.


How to add apps to Slack

Once you’ve found an app in the App Directory you want to install, click the green button just below the app’s icon and follow the steps to connect it to Slack. For more details, take a look at Add an app to your workspace.

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Learn more

To build your collaboration hub in Slack, connecting apps and getting your tools in one place is key. Take a look at the resources below and contact us if we can help.

  • See our Add tools category in the Help Centre.
  • Visit our blog to read the latest posts about apps.
  • Take a look at Slack Tips to see how to get more out of Slack with apps.
  • Remove an app from your workspace if it's no longer needed.

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