How To Gif In Slack

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Injecting some lightheartedness into a professional conversation can be effectively achieved with a well-timed, entertaining GIF. The popular workplace communication platform, Slack, permits the use of GIFs, not only adding an element of humor to the conversation, but also helping to simplify convoluted messages. In this blog post, we will guide you through the necessary steps for sending GIFs on Slack.

Using the /giphy Command

Slack integrates with GIPHY, a popular online database and search engine that allows users to search for and share short looping videos with no sound, that resemble animated GIF files. This integration makes the process of sending a GIF in Slack quite simple. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open the conversation or channel where you want to send a GIF.
  2. Type /giphy followed by the word or phrase that describes what you’re looking to express. For instance: /giphy happy dance.
  3. Press Enter. Slack will generate a GIF based on your search term and display a preview.
  4. If you’re happy with the GIF selection, click on the Send button. If not, you can click on the Shuffle button to see more options.
    // Example of using the /giphy command in Slack
    /giphy happy dance

Using the Add a file button

You also have the option to upload a GIF file from your device. Here’s how:

  1. Open the conversation or channel where you want to send a GIF.
  2. Click on the Plus icon (+) next to the message field which represents the “Add a file” button.
  3. Choose the “Upload a file” option and select a GIF file from your device.
  4. Click on the “Upload” button. Your GIF will be sent to the conversation or channel.

Now that you know how to GIF in Slack, it’s time to add some fun and humor to your conversations. However, remember to use GIFs appropriately and in a way that respects your colleagues and maintains professionalism. Happy Slacking!


Slack provides two primary methods for sharing GIFs in your conversations or channels. The first method integrates with GIPHY and involves using the /giphy command. The second method involves uploading a GIF file from your device using the “Add a file” button. Use these methods wisely to add a touch of humor and fun to your professional communications.