Create a channel

Slack channels are where the majority of your team’s conversations and daily work take place. They can be organized around anything and you can create as many as you need. In Slack, there are two kinds of channels:

👀   Public Channels

They’re used for conversations open to your entire team. Anything posted to a public channel is browsable and searchable by all members, except for Guests of your Slack team.

🙈   Private Channels

They’re for confidential discussions. You have to be invited to a private channel in order to see and search for its contents. A private channel has a   lock icon next to its name.

Tip: Looking to get your team's communication in order? Check out some tips to help you organize and name channels.

 

Make a new channel

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  1. In the left sidebar, click the   plus icon next to Channels.
  2. Use the toggle to decide whether your channel will be public or private.
  3. Enter a channel name, up to 21 characters long.
  4. You can choose to add a purpose to let team members know what the channel is about. This information can help team members understand whether they should join a channel.
  5. Select team members to invite. Click the invite box to browse a list of teammates, or start typing a name to narrow your search. If you’d like to skip this step, you can always send invitations later.
  6. When you’re ready, click Create channel .

Tip: You can also create a new channel with a simple slash command. Just type /join [new channel name] in the message box.

  1. Swipe from left to right to open the channel list.
  2. Tap the   plus icon next to the CHANNELS header.
  3. Tap Create in the top right.
  4. Use the toggle to decide whether your channel will be public or private.
  5. Enter a channel name, up to 21 characters long, and add an optional purpose if you'd like.
  6. Tap Create to finish.
  1. Swipe from left to right to open the channel list.
  2. Tap the   plus icon next to the CHANNELS header.
  3. Tap the   plus icon in the bottom right corner.
  4. Use the toggle to decide whether your channel will be public or private.
  5. Enter a channel name, up to 21 characters long, and add an optional purpose if you'd like.
  6. Tap Create to finish.
  1. Tap the   Menu icon in the top right to open the channel list.
  2. Scroll down to the Channels header and tap the  plus icon.
  3. Tap Add New Channel.
  4. Use the toggle to decide whether your channel will be public or private.
  5. Enter a channel name, up to 21 characters long, and an optional purpose if you'd like.
  6. Tap Create to finish.

 

Who can create a channel

 By default, all members except for Guests can create a new channel. However, Team Owners can choose to limit the creation of public channels, private channels, or both. To adjust who has access to creating channels, Team Owners can adjust their Channel Management permissions on the Team Settings page.

 

Channel names

Finding just the right name for a channel is serious business, so we’ve included everything you need to know.

Character limit

Channel names can be in any language and up to 21 characters in length. They may include lowercase letters, non-Latin characters, numbers, and hyphens (-).

Unique names 

In Slack, no two channels, usernames, or apps can be called the same thing. If Slack tells you the name has been taken, a member of your team may be using it for a private channel.

Reserved names

Some names are reserved, which means they can't be used for channels or usernames in Slack. The following names can't be used:

  • English: archive, archived, archives, all, channel, channels, create, delete, deleted-channel, edit, everyone, general, group, groups, here, me, ms, slack, slackbot, today, you
  • French: chaîne/chaine, général/general, groupe, ici, moi, tous
  • German: alle, allgemein, Channel/channel, hier, Gruppe/gruppe, mir
  • Japanese: チャンネル, ここ, 全員, 自分, グループ, general
  • Spanish: aquí, canal, general, grupo, mí, todos

 

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