Manage apps for your team

By default, all members can add apps to their Slack team, but Team Owners can choose to restrict this in a few ways:

  • They can limit who can approve apps or integrations. 
  • They can restrict installations to only apps listed in Slack’s App Directory
  • They can control which apps are approved for members to install. 

 

Change app permissions

Decide who can manage apps and integrations

To limit who can approve and manage apps or custom integrations for your team, use the steps below:

  1. Click your team name in the top left to open the menu.
  2. Select Apps & integrations.
  3. Click Manage at the top right of the App Directory.
  4. Click Permissions.
  5. Toggle Approved Apps on.
  6. Select who can manage approved apps and custom integrations for your team.Screen_Shot_2017-07-07_at_2.38.06_PM__1_.png

Decide where apps can be installed from

We understand that security is important, so that's why you can prevent external apps that aren’t available in Slack’s App Directory from being installed on your team. Here’s how:

  1. Click your team name in the top left to open the menu.
  2. Select Apps & Integrations.
  3. Click Manage at the top right of the App Directory.
  4. Click Permissions.
  5. Toggle Restrict app installations to apps listed in the App Directory on.

Note: Some teams may want to prevent slash commands from being used by Guest accounts. This can be changed from the Permissions section of the App Directory.

  

Create a list of approved apps

Team Owners (and the others they choose) can control which apps are available to members by creating a list of approved apps. Approved apps for your team will appear in a special category of the Slack App Directory. Screen_Shot_2017-07-07_at_3.23.09_PM__2_.png

If an app isn’t listed in the approved list, members can send a request to install it

Approved apps

To create a list of approved apps, use the steps below:

  1. Click your team name in the top left to open the menu.
  2. Select Apps & integrations.
  3. Click Browse at the top right of the App Directory.
  4. Search the App Directory for apps and services you’d like to approve. On the app's page, click Approve for team.
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Note: Apps or custom integrations installed before the Approved Apps setting was turned on will stay active, but additional installations will be restricted and members will need to request approval.

Tip: To review the apps available to your team, click Manage in the App Directory.

Restricted apps 

If you'd like to review or reconsider apps that have been restricted, here’s how:

  1. From the App Directory, click Manage in the top right.
  2. Choose Apps to see a full list of restricted apps.
  3. Click Approve if you'd like to make changes.

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Approve an app request

Apps

When a member requests to add a new app, Team Owners (and any members who have permission to approve apps) will be notified with a Slackbot message.

Click Approve for Team to make the app available to members, or Restrict for Team if you don’t want members using it.

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Team Owners can also review pending app requests by clicking Manage in the App Directory. Clicking Approve will allow any member to install the app. 

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Note: Before approving an app, visit its App Directory page to learn more about the permissions and OAuth scopes the app will have access to. 

Custom integrations

Just like apps found in the Slack App Directory, members can also request to install custom integrations (such as slash commands). Keep the following in mind:

  • Members can request one custom integration at a time (e.g., one slash command).
  • Only the person who sends the custom integration request will be able to install it.

 

Review app logs

App logs are available to help Team Owners and Team Admins track which apps have been added, changed, or removed. The logs also note which apps have been approved or restricted if your team has the Approved Apps feature enabled.

App logs can be viewed on the Activity Log page, or when you export your team’s Slack history.

Who can use this feature?
  • Only Team Owners can access this feature. 
  • Available to teams on free and paid plans.

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