How To Export Your Channels In Slack

Do you want to have a backup copy of your channels in Slack? If that’s the case, you have the option to export your data and download it on your device. In this way, you can save your workspace data if you ever need it in the future. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide about exporting your data on the Slack Free and Pro plans.


If you’re using the free version of Slack, you can only search the recent 10,000 messages on your workspace. As such, you might want a way to save your content to ensure that you won’t lose it in the future.

Thankfully, Slack allows its users to export workspace data such as messages and files sent on your channels. Whether you’re using the Free, Pro, Enterprise, or Business+ plan, you can use this feature to save a backup of your shared content on the app.

With that in mind, here’s our quick guide on using the export feature on the Free and Pro version of Slack.

How to export your workspace data in Slack

Having a backup copy of your project or conversation might come in handy in the future in case you need some data for review. Thankfully, exporting your workspace is available on all the plans on Slack.

You can export only export on the Slack desktop and web app. In our guide below, we’ll show you how to do it from both versions.

Note: The account we used below runs on a Free Plan. However, Pro users can also use this guide to delete a workspace on their account.

  1. Open the Slack desktop app or web browser client and sign in to your account.
  2. Click your workspace name on the upper-left side of the screen.

  3. On the menu that appears on your screen, hover your mouse pointer to “Settings & administration,” and click “Workspace settings.”

  4. Click the Import/Export Data button on the upper-right.

  5. Head to the Export tab, choose a date range and click the Start Export button.

After starting the export, Slack generates the files you need and sends a link to your email when they finish. Once you receive the email in your inbox, click the link within the message, and download the one file you need on the Past Exports section.

The process of exporting data is pretty much similar to all the plans offered on Slack. However, expect more options on the Enterprise and Business plans.

Please note that the Free and Pro plans only allow you to export data from public channels. On the other hand, Business+ users can export from private channels, direct messages, and they can also schedule recurring reports.

As for Enterprise Grid plans, you can export data from all channels and direct messages. While you can’t schedule recurring reports, you can get all conversations from a single user.

Export your workspace data to save your channels in Slack

By exporting your data in Slack, you get to save your conversations and files shared on your channels on the app. In this way, you won’t worry about losing crucial content in the future.

Always remember that you can’t select specific channels when you export your data on Slack. However, you can always choose the messages and files you want to migrate when importing data to another workspace.

That’s everything we have on our guide about exporting on Slack. For more tips, tricks, and tutorials about Slack, visit our site regularly, and check our daily posts and updates.

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