Email to Slack and Chat From Your Inbox

By Matthew Guay

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Want to send a message to your team in Slack without opening Slack? Have something in your email inbox your team should see, and don't want to copy and paste it?

With this Zapier automation, you can make a new email address for Slack—then anything you send to that email address will be shared in Slack automatically. Here's how.


What You Need:

  • A Zapier account
  • An Email app
  • A Slack account

Here's a pre-made Zap to start—then follow the tutorial below to set it up:

1. Make a Slack Email Address

Slack Email Address

Start with Zapier's email tool. Click the Use this Zap button to start building this Zapier workflow, and sign in with your Zapier account or sign up for a free Zapier account if you don't have one already.

Then Zapier will make a custom slack email address for you—or you can enter any name you want for this new address, and Zapier will add custom random characters to personalize your address. Copy that address, and add it to your email app's address book so you can easily email messages to Slack when you want.

2. Email Your Message to Slack

Email to Slack

Now, open your email app, and make a new email. Enter the email address you just copied in the To field, and the name of the channel where you want to send the message (without the # hash symbol) as the Subject. Then add your Slack message as the email body, and attach anything you want to send to Slack.

Send the email, then go back and finish setting up your Zap and turn it on.

Tip: You don't have to tweak any settings in this Zap, but if you want to customize how your message looks in Slack, click the "Show advanced options" link while setting up your Zap.


Now, anytime you want to send a message to your team or share a file in Slack, just open your email app, add the Slack channel name you want as the email subject, write your Slack message as the email body, attach the file you want to share if any, then send it to your new Slack Email address.

→ New to Zapier? Learn more in Zapier's Getting Started Guide. Then find more ways to build custom email automations in our Email by Zapier guide.


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Published September 27, 2018

Written by Zapier writer Matthew Guay

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