Export your team's Slack history

Your team's messages and files can be exported from the Export Data page at my.slack.com/services/export.

There are two options: Standard Exports and Compliance Exports. See Guide to Slack data exports for more on the differences between them.

Note: Messages and files from private channels, direct messages and group messages are not included in Standard Exports.


Download a Standard Export

  1. Visit the Export Data page: my.slack.com/services/export.
  2. To begin, click Start ExportYour export will begin processing, and you'll receive an email once it's ready.
  3. When the email arrives, click Visit your team's export page.
  4. Click Ready for download to begin downloading a .zip file.

The .zip file will contain your message history (in JSON format) and links to uploaded files.

Exports include all messages and files from public channels — you can't be selective. However, if you intend to import the data into another Slack team, you can select messages and files to import during the import process. See Importing message history for details.

You can delete an export file at any time by clicking the  button next to the download link.

Apply for Compliance Exports

Compliance Exports are available on the Plus plan. To apply for Compliance Exports, one of your team's Owners can visit the Export Data page and click apply here.

Once Compliance Exports have been approved and turned on, the option to run Standard exports will not be available. 

Note: Compliance Exports do not include messages from private channels and direct messages sent before a Team Owner turned on the feature.

Schedule ongoing exports

Teams on the Plus plan can schedule Standard or Compliance Exports to occur daily, weekly, or monthly. Scheduled Compliance Exports include all history since they were enabled.  

To schedule exports, visit the Export Data page and select a frequency under Schedule Exports.

Who can use this feature?
  • Team Owners and Admins can access this feature. 
  • Available to teams on free and paid plans.

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