Using legacy custom integrations is an outdated way for teams to integrate with Slack. Legacy custom integrations lack newer features and will be deprecated and possibly removed in the future. We do not recommend their use.

We recommend using their replacement: Slack apps. Slack apps can be built just for your own workspace or distributed through the App Directory, and they can use the latest and greatest APIs and UI features.

Legacy custom integrations incoming webhooks

Incoming webhooks are an effecient way to post messages from apps into Slack.

Migrating to app-based webhooks

If you previously created any incoming webhooks using legacy custom integrations, you should switch to using the same functionality with a Slack app instead. To create new app-based webhooks or replicate your existing ones, follow our Quickstart guide or the more advanced Getting started with incoming webhooks guide.

The majority of your legacy code for sending messages using incoming webhooks should continue to work within a Slack app without much modification; the only thing you can no longer do is customize the destination channel and author identity at runtime.

Legacy information

Though we recommend that all legacy custom integrations should migrate to Slack apps, we also understand that some will still need to maintain older integrations. This section contains any information about using incoming webhooks that is specific to the legacy implementation.

Legacy management

If you need to configure your legacy integrations, you can access the Integrations management pages here.

Additional limitations

While you can use legacy incoming webhooks to post messages, they do not have access to interactive messages features. To make your messages interactive, you'll need to create an incoming webhook with a Slack app instead.

Please note: it's not possible to send files via webhook. The files.upload API method is the method of choice for this task.

Runtime customizations

Here is a reference list of fields that are used with legacy incoming webhooks to provide runtime customization:

  • username - override the legacy integration's default name.
  • icon_emoji - an emoji code string to use in place of the default icon.
  • icon_url - an icon image URL string to use in place of the default icon. This field has a 255 character limit.
  • channel - override the legacy integration's default channel. This should be an ID, such as C8UJ12P4P.