Delete a channel

Workspace Owners and Admins can delete any public or private channel that they've joined, except for the #general channel — it'll always be a built-in part of your workspace. Deleting a channel will remove it and all its contents from your workspace's archives.

Public shared channels (beta) can be deleted, but a Workspace Owner or Admin must stop sharing the channel first. 

Note: Not ready to delete? Archive a channel to remove it from the list of active conversations in your Slack workspace. 

Delete a channel

All active channels are listed in your left sidebar. Here's how to delete one:

  1. From your desktop, open the channel and click the  gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu. 
  2. Select Additional options.
  3. Click Delete this channel.
  4. To confirm, click Yes, delete this channel.

Warning: Once a channel has been deleted, it can't be restored. Proceed with care.

Tip: Don't see the option to delete? You'll need to join a channel first before you can delete it.

Delete an archived channel

An archived channel is no longer open for new activity, but its history is retained for easy browsing and searching. Archived channels will have an    archive icon next to their name. Here's how to delete one: 

  1. From your desktop, click the Channels header at the top of your channel list.
  2. Click Show: All channels and select Archived channels from the menu.
  3. Select the channel you'd like to delete.
  4. Click the  gear icon, then select Delete

Note: Private channels must be unarchived in order to be deleted.


Files will not be deleted

Deleting a channel will not delete the files that were shared in that channel, nor will it change the visibility of those files. Members of your workspace will still be able to see, access, and re-share files from deleted channels.

Workspace Owners and Admins can delete files from the Files page at Learn more about Delete shared files in Slack.

Note: Workspaces on paid plans may have custom message and file retention policies. Check with a Workspace Admin for more info.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can use this feature. 
  • Available on free and paid plans.

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