Roles and permissions in Slack

Workspace roles in Slack

There are five possible roles a person can have on a Slack workspace, 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, authentication, message and file retention, and so on. The Primary Owner (usually the person who created the account) has the ability to delete the workspace.
  • Admin — Administrators are able to manage members, manage channels, and handle maintenance functions for the workspace. We recommend larger teams have several Administrators.
  • Member — 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 workspace.
  • 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 workspace Directory to view a list of your Admins and Owners.

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

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

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

Icons and workspace roles

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


  • Circle — Workspace Owner, Admin, or regular 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  ✓    
Create a shared 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        


Workspace management

  Owner Admin Member Multi-Channel Single-Channel
Remove someone from a channel    
Remove someone from a private channel    
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 member to Workspace Admin  ✓      
Demote a Workspace Admin  ✓        


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 or URL        
Trigger workspace-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 analytics & usage    
Change members' full & display names or email addresses (paid plans only)      
Add a payment method for billing        
Change your workspace's plan        
View billing statements        
Choose authentication method ✓       
Promote and demote Workspace Owners*        
Transfer primary ownership        
Delete workspace        

* Only a workspace's Primary Owner can change the role of another Workspace Owner.

Note: These permissions do not apply to bots. Bots do not have all the permissions of normal 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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