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Slack Integration

Learn how to integrate Slack with Windmill. There are two ways to build interactions between the two: run code on Windmill by a Slack command or use the Slack API directly from Windmill. In this guide, we'll cover both approaches.

Action on Windmill from Slack

The goal here is to be able to invoke a Windmill Script from Slack, by using /windmill command.


First, you need to be a workspace admin. Then you should go to

Workspace Settings Page

and select the "Slack Command" tab. On there, click "Connect to Slack".

Self-hosted

The Slack integration is done through OAuth. On self-hosted instances, integrating an OAuth API will require Setup OAuth and SSO.

Slack will ask you to allow Windmill to access your workspace. Click "Allow".


note

At the time of writing, Slack cautions that Windmill is not an approved app. We are working on getting the app approved but you can safely ignore it for now.

Using commands on Slack

Once you allow access, you will be redirected to the Slack settings in Windmill. We'll create a command handler Script first, so let's click "Create a script to handle slack command".

You will be navigated to the Script editor. Give your script a name (e.g. slack_command_handler), a short summary (e.g. "Slack command handler"). You'll get to this template:

export async function main(response_url: string, text: string) {
const x = await fetch(response_url, {
method: 'POST',
body: JSON.stringify({ text: `ROGER ${text}` })
});
const username = await Deno.env.get('WM_USERNAME');
console.log(`user = ${username}`);
}

After the Script is deployed, navigate back to the

Slack settings

, choose the "Script" option for adding a command handler and select your newly created Script.

Connected settings

Congratulations! You've just created a Slack command handler. Now you can use the /windmill command in your Slack workspace to trigger the Script. Try it out with /windmill foo and you should get back ROGER foo. Go ahead and customize the Script to your needs.

Use the Windmill command

You won't be able to have Slack interact with your resources and variables before adding them to the slack group that was automatically created by Windmill after you set up your Slack workspace on Windmill. Tutorial below.

How to let Slack use your resources and variables:

To give the permission, go to "Resources" (and "Variables") menu, click on Share, Group and pick slack.


Share to slack group


One simplier way to handle permissions is to host resources and variables on a folder that is part of the group slack.


Share variable to folder


Share folder to group

Handle multiple commands

We cover in a subsequent article how to manage multiple commands & human-in-the-loop steps from your slackbot using branches, a text parser and approval steps.


Monitor who ran the command

You can see who ran the /windmill command by going to the

Runs page

on Windmill. The runs will be permissioned through the g/slack global group.

Run info

You can also monitor and permission it from within the script leveraging the contextual variable WM_USERNAME that will get the value of the Slack user.

For example our script:

export async function main(response_url: string, text: string) {
const x = await fetch(response_url, {
method: 'POST',
body: JSON.stringify({ text: `ROGER ${text}` })
});
// This part:
const username = await Deno.env.get('WM_USERNAME');
console.log(`user = ${username}`);
}

will console.log user = username, username being the Slack username.

Action on Slack from Windmill

The second way to make Slack and Windmill interact is through scripts triggered from Windmill to the Slack API. In other words, our goal here is to allow Windmill Scripts acting on Slack on your behalf.

Lets navigate to the Resources page page and click "Add a resource/API".

info

You can read more about Resources in the documentation here.

Create Slack resource

Select the slack Resource Type from the "OAuth APIs" list and by clicking "Connect", you will be redirected to the Slack account associated with your browser. Click "Allow" to let Windmill access your Slack workspace. Once that's done, you will be redirected back to Windmill, where you can name your Slack Resource and Save it.

note

On self-hosted instances, integrating an OAuth API will require Setup OAuth and SSO.


Your connection is made! Now you can trigger the Slack API from Windmill.

For example, try this script to send a message to a channel.

import { WebClient } from 'https://deno.land/x/[email protected]/mod.ts';
type Slack = {
token: string;
};

export async function main(text: string, channel: string, slack: Slack) {
const web = new WebClient(slack.token);

await web.chat.postMessage({
channel,
text
});
}

Test script

Have messages published on Windmill's behalf

Using the resource created above, Slack will behave on your behalf (under your name).

To have messages published on Windmill's behalf, use the Slack resource created in the Action on Windmill from Slack section.


What's next?

Also, explore more Slack scripts, flows and apps on Windmill Hub.

Error Handlers

Slack is an efficient way to be notified of errors on a Windmill run, whole workspace or instance. Windmill provides an integration for error handling on Slack.

More details on Error Handling page.