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Getting Started

Create a workflow to Send a Direct Message with the Slack API. When you configure and deploy the workflow, it will run on Pipedream's servers 24x7 for free.

  1. Configure the Send a Direct Message action
    1. Connect your Slack account
    2. Optional- Configure Send as User
    3. Optional- Configure Bot Username
    4. Optional- Configure Icon (emoji)
    5. Optional- Configure Icon (image URL)
    6. Optional- Configure Schedule message
    7. Optional- Configure Include link to workflow
    8. Optional- Configure Metadata Event Type
    9. Optional- Configure Metadata Event Payload
    10. Select a User
    11. Configure Text
    12. Optional- Configure Send text as Slack mrkdwn
  2. Select a trigger to run your workflow on HTTP requests, schedules or app events
  3. Deploy the workflow
  4. Send a test event to validate your setup
  5. Turn on the trigger


This is a pre-built, open source component from Pipedream's GitHub repo. The component is developed by Pipedream and the community, and verified and maintained by Pipedream.

To contribute an update to an existing component or create a new component, create a PR on GitHub. If you're new to Pipedream component development, you can start with quickstarts for trigger span and action development, and then review the component API reference.

Send a Direct Message on Slack
Description:Send a direct message to a single user. See [postMessage](https://api.slack.com/methods/chat.postMessage) or [scheduleMessage](https://api.slack.com/methods/chat.scheduleMessage) docs here


import common from "../common/send-message.mjs";

export default {
  key: "slack-send-direct-message",
  name: "Send a Direct Message",
  description: "Send a direct message to a single user. See [postMessage](https://api.slack.com/methods/chat.postMessage) or [scheduleMessage](https://api.slack.com/methods/chat.scheduleMessage) docs here",
  version: "0.2.6",
  type: "action",
  props: {
    conversation: {
      propDefinition: [
    text: {
      propDefinition: [
    mrkdwn: {
      propDefinition: [
    username: {
      propDefinition: [
      description: "Optionally customize your bot's username (default is `Pipedream`).",
    icon_emoji: {
      propDefinition: [
      description: "Optionally use an emoji as the bot icon for this message (e.g., `:fire:`). This value overrides `icon_url` if both are provided.",
    icon_url: {
      propDefinition: [
      description: "Optionally provide an image URL to use as the bot icon for this message.",


This component may be configured based on the props defined in the component code. Pipedream automatically prompts for input values in the UI and CLI.
SlackslackappThis component uses the Slack app.
Send as Useras_userboolean

Optionally pass TRUE to post the message as the authed user, instead of as a bot. Defaults to FALSE.

Bot Usernameusernamestring

Optionally customize your bot's username (default is Pipedream).

Icon (emoji)icon_emojistring

Optionally use an emoji as the bot icon for this message (e.g., :fire:). This value overrides icon_url if both are provided.

Icon (image URL)icon_urlstring

Optionally provide an image URL to use as the bot icon for this message.

Schedule messagepost_atinteger

Messages can only be scheduled up to 120 days in advance, and cannot be scheduled for the past. The datetime format should be a unix timestamp (e.g., 1650507616, see here for help with this format).

Include link to workflowinclude_sent_via_pipedream_flagboolean

Defaults to true, includes a link to the workflow at the end of your Slack message.

Metadata Event Typemetadata_event_typestring

The name of the metadata event

Metadata Event Payloadmetadata_event_payloadstring

The payload of the metadata event. Must be a JSON string e.g. {"key": "value"}

UserconversationstringSelect a value from the drop down menu.

Text of the message to send (see Slack's formatting docs). This field is usually necessary, unless you're providing only attachments instead.

Send text as Slack mrkdwnmrkdwnboolean

TRUE by default. Pass FALSE to disable Slack markup parsing. See docs here


Slack uses OAuth authentication. When you connect your Slack account, Pipedream will open a popup window where you can sign into Slack and grant Pipedream permission to connect to your account. Pipedream securely stores and automatically refreshes the OAuth tokens so you can easily authenticate any Slack API.

Pipedream requests the following authorization scopes when you connect your account:


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