Export data and message 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 workspace'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.

Caution: Deleting a workspace before importing the .zip file you exported into another workspace (or third-party service) will destroy all links to uploaded files. Finish importing the .zip file, then the unneeded workspace can be safely deleted.

If you delete the old workspace before importing the .zip file to a new Slack workspace, your links to uploaded files will be lost. 

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 workspace, 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 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 Workspace Owner turned on the feature.

Schedule ongoing exports

Workspaces 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?
  • Workspace Owners and Admins can access this feature. 
  • Available on free and paid plans.

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