The Slack App Directory Checklist

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Jan 20, 2016 · 4 min read

If you want to publish your app in the Slack App Directory, here’s a simple checklist you should run through before submitting. In case you need it, here is the link for you to submit.

Why bother submitting your app to Slack, you ask? Here’s a short story about our friends at Kifi — Kifi is a knowledge management product that lets you “keep” any link you’ve seen, whether through a google search or shared in Slack. Basically Kifi eliminates the frustrating time you spend searching for a page or link you encountered in your busy day. What’s really exciting for us at Slack is that as a result of Kifi’s listing in the Slack App Directory they’ve seen real traction. Instead of saying it, here’s a nifty graph of Kifi’s new user signups.

Kifi Signups

We can’t guarantee every app built on Slack will get this kind of traction — but if your product really does make people’s working lives simpler, more pleasant and more productive then there’s a good chance you’ll see some uptake via the Slack App Directory.

To the formal stuff: this guide is meant to help your app go through the review process more quickly and smoothly by highlighting the most important elements for your app listing. It does not replace or supercede our Developer Policy, which must be adhered to at all times. The Developer Policy is listed here https://api.slack.com/developer-policy.

Technical

Appropriate Scopes: 
• Your app only uses scopes that it needs to work.
• If you’re still using the `read` or `post` scopes, or you use scopes that access more than your app requires, we’ll ask you to change them before your app is accepted to the App Directory. You can find our granular scopes here: https://api.slack.com/docs/oauth-scopes.

Listing

Appropriate name
Your app’s name should not infringe upon a trademark or copyright for any other products or services. Also, if you have any reference to Slack or Slackbot in the app name, we will ask you to remove it. You can find our brand guidelines here: https://slack.com/brand-guidelines

User Experience

Formatting
Messages within Slack should be clearly formatted so that users can see the information clearly.

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