Roles and permissions in Slack

Team roles in Slack

There are five possible roles a person can have on a Slack team, each with their own level of permissions for available actions and access to data.

  • Owner  Owners control the highest-level security and administrative settings: payments and billing, team authentication, message and file retention, and so on. The Primary Owner (usually the person who created the account) has the ability to delete the team.
  • Admin — Administrators are able to manage members, manage channels, and handle maintenance functions for the team. We recommend larger teams have several Administrators.
  • Member — Team members have access to standard features like joining public channels, sending messages, uploading files, and other optional abilities. This is the default for new people added to your team.
  • Multi-Channel Guest — These accounts can only access selected channels, and they can start direct messages with the people in those channels. 
  • Single-Channel Guest — This type of Guest account can only access a single channel and start direct messages with the people in that channel.

Tip: Visit your team's Directory to view a list of your Slack team's Admins and Owners.

Note: Owners and Administrators can view available team settings and permissions or manage team membership and roles on the team site.

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

✦ Only available if a Team Owner chooses.
✷ Only available to the Primary Owner.

Icons and team roles

The shape of a team member's activity indicator indicates their team role:


  • Circle — Team Owner, Admin, or regular team member
  • Square — Multi-Channel Guest
  • Triangle — Single-Channel Guest
  • Heart — Slackbot


Messages and files

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



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


Team management

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Remove someone from a channel    
Remove someone from a private channel    
Delete other people's messages      
Invite new team members ✷     
Invite new Guest members      
Deactivate a team member's account      
Promote a team member to Administrator  ✓      
Demote an Administrator  ✓        


Team settings

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Set default channels      
Set team discovery and sign up        
Set username guidelines        
Require "@" prefix for user mentions        
Change team name or URL        
Trigger team-wide password reset        
Create and edit User Groups ✷     


Apps, integrations, and gateways

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Enable Approved Apps        
Add apps and custom integrations    
Connect using XMPP & IRC Gateways    
Turn on XMPP & IRC Gateways        



  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
View team usage statistics    
Change others' usernames or email addresses (paid teams only)      
Add a payment method for billing        
Change your team's plan        
View billing statements        
Choose authentication method ✓       
Promote and demote Team Owners*        
Transfer primary ownership        
Delete team        

* Only a team's Primary Owner can change the role of another Team Owner.

Note: These permissions do not apply to bots. Bots do not have all the permissions of normal team members. More information on the differences between bot users and other users can be found in our Bot User API docs.

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