API method


Lists all channels in a Slack team.


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  • This method is deprecated. It will stop functioning in February 2021 and will not work with newly created apps after June 10th, 2020.Β Learn more.

    Please use these methods instead:



    Authentication token bearing required scopes. Tokens should be passed as an HTTP Authorization header or alternatively, as a POST parameter.


    Paginate through collections of data by setting the cursor parameter to a next_cursor attribute returned by a previous request's response_metadata. Default value fetches the first "page" of the collection. See pagination for more detail.


    Exclude archived channels from the list

    Default: false


    Exclude the members collection from each channel

    Default: false


    The maximum number of items to return. Fewer than the requested number of items may be returned, even if the end of the users list hasn't been reached.

    Default: 0


    encoded team id to list channels in, required if org token is used


    Present arguments as parameters in application/x-www-form-urlencoded querystring or POST body. This method does not currently accept application/json.

    Example responses

    Common successful response

    Typical cursored success response

        "ok": true,
        "channels": [
                "id": "C0G9QF9GW",
                "name": "random",
                "is_channel": true,
                "created": 1449709280,
                "creator": "U0G9QF9C6",
                "is_archived": false,
                "is_general": false,
                "name_normalized": "random",
                "is_shared": false,
                "is_org_shared": false,
                "is_member": true,
                "is_private": false,
                "is_mpim": false,
                "members": [
                "topic": {
                    "value": "Other stuff",
                    "creator": "U0G9QF9C6",
                    "last_set": 1449709352
                "purpose": {
                    "value": "A place for non-work-related flimflam, faffing, hodge-podge or jibber-jabber you'd prefer to keep out of more focused work-related channels.",
                    "creator": "",
                    "last_set": 0
                "previous_names": [],
                "num_members": 2
                "id": "C0G9QKBBL",
                "name": "general",
                "is_channel": true,
                "created": 1449709280,
                "creator": "U0G9QF9C6",
                "is_archived": false,
                "is_general": true,
                "name_normalized": "general",
                "is_shared": false,
                "is_org_shared": false,
                "is_member": true,
                "is_private": false,
                "is_mpim": false,
                "members": [
                "topic": {
                    "value": "Talk about anything!",
                    "creator": "U0G9QF9C6",
                    "last_set": 1449709364
                "purpose": {
                    "value": "To talk about anything!",
                    "creator": "U0G9QF9C6",
                    "last_set": 1449709334
                "previous_names": [],
                "num_members": 2
        "response_metadata": {
            "next_cursor": "dGVhbTpDMUg5UkVTR0w="
    Common error response

    Typical error response

        "ok": false,
        "error": "invalid_auth"

    Don't use this method. Use conversations.list instead.

    This legacy method returns a list of all channels in the team. This includes channels the caller is in, channels they are not currently in, and archived channels but does not include private channels. The number of (non-deactivated) members in each channel is also returned.

    To retrieve a list of private channels, use conversations.list.

    Shared channels and channels that have converted from public to private or back again are not returned by this method. Use the Conversations API methods instead, like conversations.list.

    Having trouble getting a HTTP 200 response from this method? Try excluding the members list from each channel object using the exclude_members parameter.

    The members array found in this and other methods will begin automatically truncating at 1,500 and eventually fewer results beginning December 1, 2017. As of March, 2018 the cap is 500. Please Use conversations.members to manage memberships instead. Read on to learn more.

    Returns a list of limited channel objects.

    To get a full channel object, call the channels.info method.

    Use the exclude_members parameter to exclude the members collection from each listed channel. This improves performance, especially with larger teams. Use channels.info to retrieve members on a channel-by-channel basis instead.

    An is_org_shared attribute may appear set to true on channels that are shared channel between multiple teams of an enterprise grid. See the enterprise grid shared channels documentation for more detail.


    This method uses cursor-based pagination to make it easier to incrementally collect information. To begin pagination, specify a limit value under 1000. We recommend no more than 200 results at a time.

    Responses will include a top-level response_metadata attribute containing a next_cursor value. By using this value as a cursor parameter in a subsequent request, along with limit, you may navigate through the collection page by virtual page.

    See pagination for more information.

    Please note that the argument for the method, exclude_members may not work well with pagination at this time. Channels with very large memberships and teams with many channels may cause the method to throw a limit_required or HTTP 500 error. Please exclude memberships with exclude_members and look them up atomically with channels.info instead.


    This table lists the expected errors that this method could return. However, other errors can be returned in the case where the service is down or other unexpected factors affect processing. Callers should always check the value of the ok params in the response.


    Value passed for cursor was not valid or is no longer valid.


    For large teams a limit is required.


    A required argument is missing.


    Returned when team id is not found.


    No authentication token provided.


    Some aspect of authentication cannot be validated. Either the provided token is invalid or the request originates from an IP address disallowed from making the request.


    Authentication token is for a deleted user or workspace when using a bot token.


    Authentication token is for a deleted user or workspace or the app has been removed when using a user token.


    The workspace token used in this request does not have the permissions necessary to complete the request. Make sure your app is a member of the conversation it's attempting to post a message to.


    The workspace is undergoing an enterprise migration and will not be available until migration is complete.


    Administrators have suspended the ability to post a message.


    The token used is not granted the specific scope permissions required to complete this request.


    The token type used in this request is not allowed.


    The method has been deprecated.


    The endpoint has been deprecated.


    Two factor setup is required.


    The method cannot be called from an Enterprise.


    The token used is not granted the specific workspace access required to complete this request.


    The method was either called with invalid arguments or some detail about the arguments passed are invalid, which is more likely when using complex arguments like blocks or attachments.


    The method was passed an argument whose name falls outside the bounds of accepted or expected values. This includes very long names and names with non-alphanumeric characters other than _. If you get this error, it is typically an indication that you have made a very malformed API call.


    The method was passed an array as an argument. Please only input valid strings.


    The method was called via a POST request, but the charset specified in the Content-Type header was invalid. Valid charset names are: utf-8 iso-8859-1.


    The method was called via a POST request with Content-Type application/x-www-form-urlencoded or multipart/form-data, but the form data was either missing or syntactically invalid.


    The method was called via a POST request, but the specified Content-Type was invalid. Valid types are: application/json application/x-www-form-urlencoded multipart/form-data text/plain.


    The method was called via a POST request and included a data payload, but the request did not include a Content-Type header.


    The workspace associated with your request is currently undergoing migration to an Enterprise Organization. Web API and other platform operations will be intermittently unavailable until the transition is complete.

    invalid_json [hidden]The method was called via a `POST` request with `Content-Type` `application/json`, but the body was not valid JSON.
    json_not_object [hidden]The method was called via a `POST` request a valid JSON body, but the JSON value was not an object.

    The request has been ratelimited. Refer to the Retry-After header for when to retry the request.


    Access to this method is limited on the current network


    The method was called via a POST request, but the POST data was either missing or truncated.

    upgrade_required [hidden]The calling application needs to be upgraded.

    The service is temporarily unavailable


    The server could not complete your operation(s) without encountering a catastrophic error. It's possible some aspect of the operation succeeded before the error was raised.


    The server could not complete your operation(s) without encountering an error, likely due to a transient issue on our end. It's possible some aspect of the operation succeeded before the error was raised.


    This table lists the expected warnings that this method will return. However, other warnings can be returned in the case where the service is experiencing unexpected trouble.


    A members array included in a channel object was truncated at 1500 results. Use conversations.members to retrieve all results.


    The method was called via a POST request, and recommended practice for the specified Content-Type is to include a charset parameter. However, no charset was present. Specifically, non-form-data content types (e.g. text/plain) are the ones for which charset is recommended.


    The method was called via a POST request, and the specified Content-Type is not defined to understand the charset parameter. However, charset was in fact present. Specifically, form-data content types (e.g. multipart/form-data) are the ones for which charset is superfluous.


    The method called has been deprecated and may soon stop functioning. Examine the warning closely for suggestions on alternative methods to use or browse api.slack.com/changelog for more information.


    Need a token? Create and install a Slack app to begin.
    This will make a real API request. Beware of using it with live workspaces.

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