Guide to Slack data exports

Owners and Admins can export workspace data from Slack. Depending on your Slack plan, there are a few types of exports available, so keep reading to learn more. 


Standard Export

  • Can be completed by a Workspace Owner or Admin.
  • Available to workspaces on free or paid plans.
  • Includes messages and files shared in public channels.


Compliance Export

  • Can only be completed by a Workspace Owner.
  • Available only to some Plus plan workspaces.
  • Includes messages and files from public and private channels, plus direct messages. Does not include messages sent before the feature was enabled, except for public channel content.
  • Compliance Exports are not viewable within Slack. Slack does not provide an interface for Workspace Owners to view or search these files.
  • If Compliance Exports are turned on, Slack will send a notification to the workspace.

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


Discovery API

  • Available for select Slack plans, including Slack Enterprise Grid.
  • Discovery APIs allow eligible Slack customers (and their Workspace Owners) to integrate their organization with third-party applications in order to export, retain, or archive some or all messages and files submitted to Slack, including all messages and files submitted to workspaces on Free, Standard and Plus plan that the applicable Customers and/or Workspace Owner(s) elect(s) to migrate into a 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. 


Compare Slack export options

 

Standard Export
All plans

Standard Export
Paid plans

Compliance Export
Plus plan

Discovery API
Enterprise

Message history in public channels

 ✓

Files shared in public channels

 ✓

Archived public channels

 ✓

Public channel message edit & deletion logs

 

 ✓

Message history in private channels

   

 ✓

Direct message history

   

 ✓

Files shared in private channels & DMs

   

 ✓

 

Tip: To learn how to export your workspace's data, see Export data and message history.

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