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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.
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.
Once you’ve installed an app, send your teammates a message to let them know:
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.