How To Use Slack Giphy

Giphy serves as a remarkable resource for injecting some amusement and vibrancy into your Slack discussions. Speaking from extensive experience with Slack, I’ve found that incorporating Giphy is now a foundational aspect of how I communicate. In the following article, I’ll guide you through the process of utilizing Giphy within Slack, offering my own observations and advice throughout.

What is Giphy?

Giphy is a popular online database that allows users to search for and share animated GIFs. It has a vast collection of GIFs covering almost every topic imaginable, making it a treasure trove of visual content. Giphy is integrated with Slack, which means you can easily search for and share GIFs in your conversations without ever leaving the Slack interface.

Adding the Giphy App to Slack

The first step to using Giphy in Slack is to add the Giphy app to your workspace. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Slack and navigate to your workspace settings.
  2. Click on “Apps” in the left-hand sidebar.
  3. Search for “Giphy” in the search bar.
  4. Click on the Giphy app and select “Add to Slack”.

Once you’ve added the Giphy app to your workspace, you’re ready to start using it.

Using Giphy in Slack

Using Giphy in Slack is incredibly easy. Whenever you want to add a GIF to your conversation, simply follow these steps:

  1. Type “/giphy” followed by a search term.
  2. Press Enter.

For example, if you want to find a GIF of a dancing cat, you would type “/giphy dancing cat” and press Enter. Giphy will then display a selection of relevant GIFs for you to choose from.

But here’s a little personal tip: if you want to add some humor or personality to your GIF search, try using specific keywords that reflect the mood or sentiment you’re trying to convey. For example, instead of searching for “happy birthday,” try something like “celebratory cake” or “party time.” This will give you more unique and interesting GIF options.

Additional Giphy Commands

While the basic “/giphy” command is great for finding and adding GIFs to your Slack conversations, Giphy has a few additional commands that can enhance your GIF-searching experience. Here are some handy commands to keep in mind:

  • /giphy trending: Displays a selection of trending GIFs.
  • /giphy random: Adds a random GIF to your conversation.
  • /giphy translate : Translates the specified text into a GIF.
  • /giphy [tag]: Displays a random GIF with the specified tag.

Feel free to experiment with these commands to discover even more creative ways to use Giphy in Slack.

A Word of Caution

While Giphy is a fantastic tool for adding some fun and humor to your conversations, it’s important to use it responsibly and consider the context of your communication. Be mindful of your audience and ensure that the GIFs you share are appropriate and relevant to the conversation. Always remember that Slack is a professional communication platform, and it’s essential to maintain professionalism even when using GIFs.


Using Giphy in Slack can be a great way to spice up your conversations and add a personal touch to your communication style. With its vast collection of GIFs and easy-to-use commands, Giphy makes it simple to find and share the perfect GIF for any occasion.

So go ahead and give Giphy a try in your Slack workspace. Have fun exploring all the funny, cute, and creative GIFs out there, and let your personality shine through in your conversations.