Imagine a platform that was as event-driven and productive to build for as the experience of using Slack. Now stop imagining—because it's right here!
Our next-generation platform enables you to build workspace enhancements and automations that bring your external data and services directly into your team's conversations, empowering users with the ability to utilize and remix your computational creations in novel ways.
Build interactions with 3rd-party APIs, then share them across apps!
Gather user input, then kick-off complex automations (that can even call other automations!)
Inject metadata into messages that can be subscribed to and acted upon by reusable functions that you and other developers like you create!
You can host your apps on our cloud, and know that your data and our customer's data is as secure as Slack itself. It all starts with our new command-line interface that helps you to scaffold, test, and deploy your event-driven machinations:
slack, you can:
This next-generation Slack platform has been re-engineered from the ground-up as an event-driven, cloud-hosted, developer-focused ecosystem of services all reachable through
slack. You focus on scaffolding, building, and deploying delightful automations; we'll take care of hosting and availability.
A Slack app begins as a code project scaffolded with
slack. Inside, you'll find an opinionated folder structure and prescribed way of adding functionality and deploying to your workspaces.
Once installed, apps will be visible in your workspace's app directory, and reusable components inside your app can be made available for other apps to harness and remix.
Changes can be made and published in real-time right from the command line, then checked in to your favorite version control system. 🙌
All apps have the exact same folder structure and follow the same creation, build, and deployment conventions via
slack. This allows for components inside your Slack apps to not only be highly performant, but also to be sharable and highly reusable across your other apps. It also allows us to optimize how we host and deliver your apps on our infrastructure, so you can deploy right from your command line and be confident that your app is available, fast, and secure.
Apps help automate routine processes in Slack through workflows.
Workflows allow inputs and provide outputs, maintain state, and sequentially execute reusable building blocks of logic called functions.
Functions are modular units of business logic that are at the heart of what makes the Slack platform so powerful. With functions, you can:
Built-in functions are provided for routine Slack tasks, like sending messages and creating channels. These can be executed as steps in a workflow along with custom functions that you define.
To initiate a workflow, something needs to activate its trigger. Generally, a user is the one invoking the trigger. For example, a workflow invoked with with a Shortcut named
weather would be activated when a user invokes the
/weather shortcode. Workflows can also be invoked by other kinds of triggers, too, like metadata and table events.
If you're ready to dive in, head on over to the Get Started page, where you'll get your workstation setup and scaffold your first app with
Alternatively, dive in to the bulding blocks section of the docs for a deeper look at the innards of what makes the Slack platform shine. 🌟