Use shared channels (beta)

In a shared channel, people from two separate organizations can send messages, share files, and work together. If you’re a part of Slack’s shared channel beta, read on to learn how to start sharing channels with external organizations.

Note: If you’re on the Standard or Plus plan, make sure to opt in to the beta to start using this feature.


Who can share a channel?

Who can create shared channels varies by plan — see below for more details.

  • On the Standard and Plus plans, Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can share channels in their workspace with external organizations.
  • On the Enterprise Grid plan, only Org Owners and Org Admins can share channels with external organizations by default. They can allow other people in their org to create shared channels too.

 

Share or stop sharing a channel

Share

Stop sharing 

You can share any channel in your workspace or Enterprise grid org, except for the #general channel. When you share a channel, the external organization will be able to see its message history, members, and any bots.


Share a channel

  1. On your desktop, open the channel you’d like to share.
  2. Click the  gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu.
  3. Click Additional options, then Share this channel with another organization.
  4. Type the Workspace Owner or Admin’s email address and Slack URL, and add a message.
  5. Click Share Channel.

Tip: Need help locating a Slack URL? You can do so from the desktop or mobile apps.

You can stop sharing a channel with an external organization at any time. When you stop sharing a channel, each workspace will retain useable a copy. Keep in mind that neither workspace can share the channel again.

 

Stop sharing a channel

  1. On your desktop, open the channel you’d like to share.
  2. Click the  gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu.
  3. Click Additional options, then Share this channel with another organization.
  4. Type the Workspace Owner or Admin’s email address and Slack URL, and add a message.
  5. Click Share Channel.


Cancel a shared channel invitation

If you've sent a request to share a channel with an external organization, here's how to cancel the invitation:

  1. Open your Slackbot direct message.
  2. Find the shared channel confirmation message.
  3. Click Cancel Invitation.
Who can use this feature?
  • Owners and Admins (default)
  • Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid plans

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