How To Download Slack Conversations

While Slack is bountiful with various features, there is one that is particularly useful for maintaining records of your conversations: the ability to download your Slack conversations. Whether you wish to preserve the details of a meeting or you need to backup important project discussions for future reference, this feature comes in very handy.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Accessing Slack’s settings

First, navigate to your workspace by logging into your Slack account. In the top right corner of the webpage, click on your workspace name, and then select “Settings & administration” from the dropdown menu. From there, click on “Workspace settings“.

Step 2: Going to the “Import/Export Data” section

Once in the “Workspace Settings” page, scroll down to the “Import/Export Data” section and click on it.

Step 3: Exporting the data

In the “Import/Export Data” section, click on “Start Export“. You can then choose between two types of exports: a standard export or a corporate export. A standard export allows you to download all public data from your workspace, while a corporate export (which is only available to Plus plan users) allows you to download all data, including private and direct messages.

Step 4: Waiting for the export to complete

After clicking on “Start Export“, Slack will begin preparing your data. This process may take a few hours, so be patient. Once the export is ready, Slack will send a notification to your email.

Step 5: Downloading the export

Once you receive the email notification that your export is ready, return to the “Import/Export Data” section as outlined in step 2. Click on the “Available Files” tab and then click on “Download” next to the data package you want to download.

Step 6: Unzipping and accessing your data

The downloaded file will be in a .zip format. After downloading, locate the file and unzip it. Once unzipped, you can access your Slack conversations, which will be stored as .json files.

Please remember that downloading Slack conversations should be performed responsibly and in alignment with your company’s data policy, including privacy and confidentiality considerations.

Happy Slacking!