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Exchanges a temporary OAuth verifier code for an access token.


Method URL: https://slack.com/api/oauth.access
Preferred HTTP method: POST
Accepted content types: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Rate limiting: Tier 4

This method allows you to exchange a temporary OAuth code for an API access token.

This is the third step of the OAuth authentication flow.

We strongly recommend supplying the Client ID and Client Secret using the HTTP Basic authentication scheme, as discussed in RFC 6749.

If at all possible, avoid sending client_id and client_secret as parameters in your request.

Keep your tokens secure. Do not share tokens with users or anyone else.

When used with a legacy workspace app, this method's response differs significantly.


Argument Example Required Description
client_id 4b39e9-752c4 Required

Issued when you created your application.

client_secret 33fea0113f5b1 Required

Issued when you created your application.

code ccdaa72ad Required

The code param returned via the OAuth callback.

redirect_uri http://example.com Optional

This must match the originally submitted URI (if one was sent).

single_channel true Optional, default=false

Request the user to add your app only to a single channel.

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


The response schema for this step of OAuth differs depending on the scopes requested and the type of application used. When asking for the bot scope, you'll receive the token separately from the user token.

Successful user token negotiation for a single scope

    "access_token": "xoxp-XXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXX-XXXXX",
    "scope": "groups:write",
    "team_name": "Wyld Stallyns LLC",
    "team_id": "TXXXXXXXXX"

Success example when asking for multiple scopes, a bot user token, and an incoming webhook

    "access_token": "xoxp-XXXXXXXX-XXXXXXXX-XXXXX",
    "scope": "incoming-webhook,commands,bot",
    "team_name": "Team Installing Your Hook",
    "team_id": "TXXXXXXXXX",
    "incoming_webhook": {
        "url": "https://hooks.slack.com/TXXXXX/BXXXXX/XXXXXXXXXX",
        "channel": "#channel-it-will-post-to",
        "configuration_url": "https://teamname.slack.com/services/BXXXXX"
    "bot": {
        "bot_user_id": "UTTTTTTTTTTR",
        "bot_access_token": "xoxb-XXXXXXXXXXXX-TTTTTTTTTTTTTT"

Success example using a workspace app produces a very different kind of response

    "ok": true,
    "access_token": "xoxa-access-token-string",
    "token_type": "app",
    "app_id": "A012345678",
    "app_user_id": "U0NKHRW57",
    "team_name": "Subarachnoid Workspace",
    "team_id": "T061EG9R6",
    "authorizing_user": {
        "user_id": "U061F7AUR",
        "app_home": "D0PNCRP9N"
    "installer_user": {
        "user_id": "U061F7AUR",
        "app_home": "D0PNCRP9N"
    "scopes": {
        "app_home": [
        "team": [],
        "channel": [
        "group": [
        "mpim": [
        "im": [
        "user": []

Typical error response

    "ok": false,
    "error": "invalid_client_id"


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 client_id was invalid.


Value passed for client_secret was invalid.


Value passed for code was invalid.


Value passed for redirect_uri did not match the redirect_uri in the original 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.