Slack functions

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Slack functions are essentially Slack-native actions, like creating a channel or sending a message. Use them alongside your custom functions in a workflow. Browse our inventory of Slack functions.

Slack functions need to be imported from the standard library built into the Slack Deno SDKβ€”all Slack functions are children of the Schema.slack.functions object. Just like custom functions, Slack functions can be added to steps in a workflow using the addStep method.

Slack functions define their own inputs and outputs, as detailed for each Slack function in the catalog below.

When building workflows using functions, note that there is a 15 second timeout for a deployed function and a 3 second timeout for a locally-run function. If the function has not finished running within its respective time limit, you will see an error in your log.

Slack functions catalog

The details for each Slack function can be found in our reference documentation.

Slack function example

Here's an example of a workflow that creates a new Slack channel using the CreateChannel Slack function:

import { DefineWorkflow, Schema } from "deno-slack-sdk/mod.ts";

// Define a workflow that can pass the parameters for the Slack function
const myWorkflow = DefineWorkflow({
  callback_id: "channel-creator",
  title: "Channel Creator",
  input_parameters: {
    properties: { channel_name: { type: Schema.types.string } },
    required: ["channel_name"],

const createChannelStep = myWorkflow.addStep(
    channel_name: myWorkflow.inputs.channel_name,
    is_private: false,

export default myWorkflow;

➑️ To learn how to add a Slack function to a workflow, head to the workflows section.

✨ To learn how to create your own custom functions, head to the custom functions section.

Browse all Slack functions

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