Delete a channel

Workspace Owners and Admins can delete any public channel, except for the #general channel — it'll always be a built-in part of your workspace. Deleting a public 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. 

Private channels can't be deleted, but they can be archived which will remove them from the list of active conversations in your Slack workspace.

Note: Not a workspace Owner or Admin? You’ll need to ask one for help to delete a channel, as members don’t have the option to do so. 


Delete an active channel

An active channel can be found in the list of active conversations in your workspace.

Here's how to delete a channel:

  1. 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.


Delete an archived channel

An archived channel has been removed from the list of active conversations in your Slack workspace. The channel isn’t open for new activity, but the history is retained for easy browsing and searching. Here's how to delete one: 

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


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 my.slack.com/files. 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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