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Lists direct message channels for the calling user.


Method URL: https://slack.com/api/im.list
Preferred HTTP method: GET
Accepted content types: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Works with:
Token type Required scope(s)
bot bot
workspace im:read
user im:read read

This method returns a list of all im channels that the user has.


Argument Example Required Description
token xxxx-xxxxxxxxx-xxxx Required

Authentication token bearing required scopes.

cursor dXNlcjpVMDYxTkZUVDI= Optional

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.

limit 20 Optional

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.

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 IM objects:

Typical success response

    "ok": true,
    "ims": [
            "id": "D0G9QPY56",
            "created": 1449709280,
            "is_im": true,
            "is_org_shared": false,
            "user": "USLACKBOT",
            "is_user_deleted": false
            "id": "D1KL59A72",
            "created": 1466692204,
            "is_im": true,
            "is_org_shared": false,
            "user": "U0G9QF9C6",
            "is_user_deleted": false
            "id": "D0G9XPFH9",
            "created": 1449722883,
            "is_im": true,
            "is_org_shared": false,
            "user": "U0G9WFXNZ",
            "is_user_deleted": false
            "id": "D0HRHJSF7",
            "created": 1452098023,
            "is_im": true,
            "is_org_shared": false,
            "user": "W0HRJL7CK",
            "is_user_deleted": false
            "id": "D1GD7CHC0",
            "created": 1465834222,
            "is_im": true,
            "is_org_shared": false,
            "user": "U1GDBDGR3",
            "is_user_deleted": true
            "id": "D1QMF76M9",
            "created": 1468274703,
            "is_im": true,
            "is_org_shared": false,
            "user": "U1QNSQB9U",
            "is_user_deleted": false
            "id": "D6K48KKRN",
            "created": 1502210225,
            "is_im": true,
            "is_org_shared": false,
            "user": "U6KR7BVFW",
            "is_user_deleted": false
    "response_metadata": {
        "next_cursor": "aW1faWQ6RDBCSDk1RExI="

Typical error response

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


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.

Error Description

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.


The workspace token used in this request does not have the permissions necessary to complete the request.


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 a PHP-style array argument (e.g. with a name like foo[7]). These are never valid with the Slack API.


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/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.

Warning Description

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.