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A bot is nifty way to run code and automate tasks. In Slack, a bot is controlled programmatically via a bot user token that can accesses one or more of Slack’s APIs. Read on to learn more about creating a bot for your workspace. 🤖
What can bots do?
Monitor and help process channel activity
Post messages in channels and react to members’ activity
Make channel messages interactive with buttons
Bots vs. members
Bots can do a lot of the same things in Slack that regular members can:
They have names, profiles, profile photos, and exist in the Directory.
Bots can only do what you program them to do in a specific channel. So, someone can’t “sign in” as the bot and do things that other members of your workspace can do in Slack. Bots also can't be set as Workspace Owners or Admins.
Create a bot
From your desktop, visit the Bots page in the Slack App Directory.
Click Add Configuration.
Choose a username for your bot.
Click Add bot integration.
Add a custom icon for your bot if you’d like.
You can also choose a real name for your bot: to do so, enter one under to First & Last name.
Add a description that let’s your team know what this bot is used for.
Click Save Integration.
Get the most out of a bot user
Let's dive deeper into the ways that bots can impact your workspace and help things run more efficiently.
👀 Monitor and process channel activity A bot can help monitor and process activity in the public and private channels it’s been invited to, as well as messages sent to it via direct message.
📝 Post messages and react to members In addition to receiving messages, a bot can also post messages in channels it’s a member of.
🎯 Make messages interactive with buttons When attached to a Slack app, bots can add interactive components (such as buttons) to messages that members can interact with. These interactive components trigger specific actions on your servers, so that you can perform certain tasks. Check out our blog to learn more.
Additional bot resources
To learn more about building bots, check out our Slack API documentation. We also have a number of other handy resources to help you along the way: