Guide to Slack data exports

Team Owners and Admins can export team data from Slack. There are a few types of exports available, depending on your team's Slack plan.

Standard Export

  • Available to all teams.
  • Includes messages and files shared in public channels.

Compliance Export

  • Available only to some Plus plan teams.
  • Includes messages and files from public and private channels, plus direct messages. Does not include messages sent before the feature was enabled.
  • Compliance Exports are not viewable within Slack. Slack does not provide an interface for Team Owners to view or search these files.
  • If Compliance Exports are turned on, Slack will send a notification to the team.

Tip: You can see if Compliance Exports are enabled for your team at my.slack.com/account/team.

Discovery API

  • Available only to Enterprise organizations.
  • Discovery APIs allow Slack for Enterprise Customers (and their Organization Owners) to integrate their organization with third-party applications in order to export, retain, or archive some or all messages and files submitted to the Slack for Enterprise organization, including all messages and files submitted to Free, Standard and Plus plan teams that the applicable Customers and/or Team Owner(s) elect(s) to migrate into the Slack for Enterprise organization.
  • Discovery API applications are not provided by Slack, so ultimately the Customer (not Slack) will decide whether or not to enable them, how they may be configured, and which messages and files may be exported, retained or archived. Any use of these discovery API applications is solely between Customer and the applicable third-party provider. Eligible content for the Discovery API generally includes customer data submitted after the effective date of the revised User Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

 

Compare Slack export options

 

Standard Export

Standard Export (Plus)

Compliance Export

Discovery API

Message history in public channels

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Files shared in public channels

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Archived public channels

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Public channel message edit & deletion logs

 

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Message history in private channels

   

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Direct message history

   

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Files shared in private channels & direct messages

   

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Tip: To learn how to export your team’s data, see Export your team's Slack history.