Share Box files in Slack

Box is a file sharing and document management application for businesses. With the Box app for Slack, you can easily share files you've uploaded to Box with your team members.

Install the Box app

  1. Visit Slack's App Directory, and search for the Box app.
  2. Click Install on the Box app page.
  3. Click Authenticate your Box account, and sign in to authenticate with Slack.
  4. To finish, click Grant access to Box.
    That’s it! Now you can share Box files with your team members in Slack.

Note: The Box app must be set up for each individual member who wants to share Box files in Slack. 

Tip: You may need to request permission from an Administrator to add the Box app to your team. Visit Add apps to your team for more. 


Share files from Box

There are two ways to share files from your Box account with Slack: pasting a link into Slack or importing a file from Box.


Paste a link in Slack

Simply copy a link to the file in Box, and paste it into a Slack message. After the file has unfurled, hover over it to open the file in Box, add a comment, or click the  More actions icon. 

Keep in mind: The first time you share a Box file in Slack, you will be asked if you want to import the file and all future Box links. Click Yes, and Grant access to Box.


Import a file from Box

You can select a file, or multiple at once, using Box's file picker. Here's how:

  1. Click the  plus icon next to the message box, select A cloud service, then click Box.
  2. Pick the file you want to share, and click Choose. You can also select the access type for this file, if you'd like.
  3. Give the file a title, and choose the channel you'd like to share the file in. Click Upload when you're done. 

Note: Shared files are searchable and shareable in Slack, but they will continue to be stored in your Box account. Box files are not stored in Slack. 


Access your Box files


When a member opens a Box file that has been shared in Slack, they are taken to the Box app. From there, the original access permissions are honored.

If the member doesn't have the permission in Box to access the file, they will not be able to open it, and will see a message that tells them the file is unavailable.


When searching in Slack, the title and content of files are indexed — or scanned — making it easier for members to find the documents in Slack.

A member won't discover files shared in direct messages or private channels that they don't belong to.

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