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Lists private channels that the calling user has access to.


Method URL:https://slack.com/api/groups.list
Preferred HTTP method:GET
Accepted content types:application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Rate limiting:Tier 3
Works with:
Token typeRequired scope(s)

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

This legacy method returns a list of private channels in the team that the caller is in and archived groups that the caller was in.

The list of (non-deactivated) members in each private channel is also returned.

Does not include private shared channels or channels that have been converted from public to private. Use the Conversations API instead.


Argument Example Required Description

Authentication token bearing required scopes.


Parameter for pagination. Set cursor equal to the next_cursor attribute returned by the previous request's response_metadata. This parameter is optional, but pagination is mandatory: the default value simply fetches the first "page" of the collection. See pagination for more details.

exclude_archivedtrueOptional, default=0

Don't return archived private channels.

exclude_memberstrueOptional, default=false

Exclude the members from each group

limit20Optional, default=0

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

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


Returns a list of group objects (also known as "private channel objects"):

    "ok": true,
    "groups": [
            "id": "G024BE91L",
            "name": "secretplans",
            "created": 1360782804,
            "creator": "U024BE7LH",
            "is_archived": false,
            "members": [
            "topic": {
                "value": "Secret plans on hold",
                "creator": "U024BE7LV",
                "last_set": 1369677212
            "purpose": {
                "value": "Discuss secret plans that no-one else should know",
                "creator": "U024BE7LH",
                "last_set": 1360782804
    "response_metadata": {
        "next_cursor": "dGVhbTpDMUg5UkVTR0w="


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.


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.


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.


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


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 method was called with invalid arguments.


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 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.


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


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.


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.


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.