Transfer Data from Excel to Slack

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Excel Add-In for Slack

The Slack Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Slack data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to read, write, and update Slack User, Channels, Messages, Files, etc. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!



This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Slack using the Excel Add-In for Slack.

The CData Excel Add-In for Slack enables you to edit and save Slack data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Slack. This technique is useful if you want to work on Slack data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into Slack. In this example, you will use the Channels table; however, the same process will work for any table that can be retrieved by the CData Excel Add-In.

Establish a Connection

If you have not already done so, create a new Slack connection by clicking From Slack on the ribbon.

Slack uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the Getting Started section of the help documentation for an authentication guide.

Retrieve Data from Slack

To insert data into Slack, you will first need to retrieve data from the Slack table you want to add to. This links the Excel spreadsheet to the Slack table selected: After you retrieve data, any changes you make to the data are highlighted in red.

  1. Click the From Slack button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Channels table.
  3. In the Maximum Rows menu, select the number of rows you want to retrieve. If you want to insert rows, you need to retrieve only one row. The Query box will then display the SQL query that corresponds to your request.
  4. In the Sheet Name box, enter the name for the sheet that will be populated. By default the add-in will create a new sheet with the name of the table.

Insert Rows to Slack

After retrieving data, you can add data from an existing spreadsheet in Excel.

  1. In a cell after the last row, enter a formula referencing the corresponding cell from the other spreadsheet; for example, =MyChannelsSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Slack, select the cells that you are inserting data into and drag the formula down as far as needed. The referenced values you want to add will be displayed on the Channels sheet.
  3. Highlight the rows you want to insert and click the Insert Rows button.

As each row is inserted, the Id value will appear in the Id column and the row's text will change to black, indicating that the record has been inserted.