Roles and permissions in Slack

Every member of a workspace has a role, each with its own level of permissions and access. Visit your About This Workspace page to see who's who. 🏷


Types of roles in Slack

  • A Workspace Primary Owner manages a single workspace and controls the highest-level security and administrative settings. This person can delete a workspace, transfer primary ownership, and promote (or demote) other Workspace Owners.
  • Like a Primary Owner, Workspace Owners control the highest-level security and administrative settings, but they cannot delete a workspace or transfer primary ownership.
  • Workspace Admins can manage members, public channels, and maintenance tasks or functions. 
  • Members have access to all public channels in a workspace. This is the default role for everyone.
  • Multi-Channel Guests can only access channels they've been given permission to use. They can also send a direct message to people in those channels.
  • Single-Channel Guests can only access the one channel they've been assigned to. They can also send a direct message to people in that channel.

On the Slack Enterprise Grid plan? There are two additional roles you should know about: Org Owners and Org Admins. They manage all workspaces (and people!) connected to their Enterprise Grid. Visit Roles and permissions on an organization

 

Messages and files

Read the tables below to see more of what each role can do!

 ✓ Available by default
✦ Only available if a Workspace Owner changes the default setting
✷ Only available to the Workspace Primary Owner

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Join any public channel    
Send messages in a channel
Upload files
Delete your own messages  ✷  ✷

 

Channel management

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Create a public channel  ✓    
Create a shared channel  ✓       
Create a private shared channel  ✓       
Archive a channel    
Create a private channel  
Make a public channel private      
Rename a channel      
Delete a channel      
Set channel retention        
Set private channel retention  ✓   ✓     


Notifications

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Make @channel and @here announcements   ✓
Make @everyone announcements   ✓    
Be added to user groups   ✓  ✓     
Manage or @mention user groups  ✓  ✦     
Set reminders for channels or members  ✓     


Workspace management

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Remove people from channels    
Remove people from private channels    
Invite Guests to a public channel  ✓      
Invite a Multi-Channel Guest to a private channel  ✓   ✓  ✓ ✓   
Invite a Single-Channel Guest to a private channel  ✓   ✓      
Delete other people's messages  ✓      
Invite new members  ✓ ✷     
Invite new Guest members  ✓      
Deactivate a member's account  ✓      
Promote a Workspace Admin*  ✓      
Demote a Workspace Admin*        
Promote a Workspace Owner*        
Demote a Workspace Owner*        


* The person won't be notified of the role change unless they're online at the time it occurs. 

Workspace settings

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Set default channels      
Set discovery and sign up        
Set name display guidelines        
Set workspace language        
Change workspace name/URL        
Reset all members' passwords        
Create and edit user groups ✷     

  

Administrative

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
View analytics and usage    
Change full & display names**      
Change an email address**  ✓   ✓       
Upgrade to a paid plan  ✓  ✓     
Change your workspace's plan***        
Add a payment method***  ✓        
View billing statements        
Choose authentication method  ✓       
Use Standard Export  ✓      
Use Corporate Export
(if eligible)
       
Transfer primary ownership        
Delete workspace        


** Available for paid plans.
*** Only Workspace Owners and the person who upgraded the workspace can make changes.


Apps & integrations

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Turn on Approved Apps        
Add apps and integrations    

Note: These permissions don't apply to bots. More information on bot users can be found on Slack API. 🤖

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