How to enable and use the Slack integration
Note: This topic describes how to use the integration to create Slack messages based on Front rules, or how to manually create one-off messages from Slack to Front or vice versa.
If you'd like to learn about the fully-fledged channel capabilities of the Slack integration, which allow you to send and receive all Slack messages in a channel directly from Front, refer to the How to set up a Slack inbox in Front topic.
With the Slack integration, you can manually send messages from Front to Slack, or define Front rules that post conversations in Slack for you automatically. You can use message buttons in Slack to archive or re-open a conversation, assign it to another Front teammate, or move it to another Front inbox.
You can also use Slack message actions to create new conversations in a Front team inbox. Instead of sending yourself an email or setting a reminder, just send the Slack message to Front as a new conversation for follow-up later.
Like other integrations, you need to be an admin in order to enable the Slack integration.
Enable the integration
A company admin will first need to enable the integration one time for the whole company to use.
In Slack, ensure your Slack Admin has enabled the ability to install Front in your Slack Workplace. They will either need to turn off the "Require app approval" setting, or approve Front as an app that all Slack users can install. Read Slack's Manage app installation settings for your workspace guide for full details
Click the gear icon on the top right of Front and into the Company settings tab. Select Integrations from the left menu, and select Slack in the list of integrations.
Turn the toggle on to enable Slack. Click Sign in to Slack and link your account to authorize the integration. This will allow you to send Front conversations to Slack, where they'll be posted by a Front bot in your Slack workspace.
You can also turn the second toggle on to Enable interactive message menus. This will allow any user in Slack to use message buttons to assign, move, or archive the Front conversation that was sent to Slack. If you do not turn on this toggle, then messages will be posted to Slack without these buttons.
Click Save to finish enabling the Slack integration.
Use the integration
Once enabled, any end-user will now be able to use the integration's various features described below.
Automate messages to Slack with rules
Set up your conditions (more information can be found in the Understanding rules article), and choose the action Send to Slack (listed in the Then section). You will be able to send a notification to a specific Slack channel or to a specific user.
Send messages to Slack manually
You can also send individual conversations to Slack on a one-off basis to share them with your team.
Click the three dots in the top right corner of a message, and select Send to Slack.
Each teammate will be prompted to link their Slack account the first time they do this. Then, they can add a comment and choose a destination channel or DM. When you're done, click Send to send your message to Slack.
Assign, archive, and move conversations from Slack
You also have the option to use Slack message buttons to take action on your Front messages from Slack. When this option is turned on, any member of the Slack channel where you’ve sent the message can assign, move, re-open, or archive the message directly from Slack.
Message buttons are enabled at the company level for Front accounts — so your admin will choose whether this functionality is enabled for every message sent to Slack by anyone on your Front team, or not enabled for anyone. You can turn off this functionality at any time in your Slack integration settings.
Once this is enabled, anyone in the channel can use message menus to choose a teammate to assign the message to or move it to another inbox. The Archive button will dynamically change to Re-open if the message has been archived. All your actions will be synced with Front in real time.
Send Slack messages to Front
In addition to sending Front messages to Slack, you can also create new Front conversations from Slack.
Sometimes, messages come up in Slack that you want to handle later or track with other customer conversations — like when a teammate pings you asking for an update on a big project, or a bug is reported that you're tracking already in Front.
Now, you can send those Slack messages to handle them in Front team inboxes. Once the Slack integration has been enabled for your team by an admin, you'll need to add the Front message action yourself too. Only users with Front licenses can create Front conversations from Slack in team inboxes.
Click the three dots on any Slack message. You'll need to find the Front action for the first time by clicking on More message actions. The first time you use this action, you'll need to set it up.
Search for Front, and click on the Create a conversation Front action.
Front will post a message asking you to connect your individual account. Click Connect to Front, then Authorize in the popup screen.
Now, you're ready to start creating Front conversations from Slack. The Front message action will be at the top of your list after you authorize, or if you've used it recently.
In the popup form, choose what team inbox you want to create the message in. You can also choose an assignee, leave it unassigned, and edit the subject line or message body if you want. If you are sending a Slack attachment to Front, the created Front conversation will include a Slack link that can only be accessed by users who have access to the original Slack attachment. Click Create to send it to Front.
In the Slack channel, you'll see a link to quickly open the conversation in Front, or you can find it later in the inbox where you created it! From there, you can comment or assign it just like any other conversation in Front.
My Send to Slack rule isn't working
You may have created a rule to send to Slack, but the messages are not showing up in the Slack channel. One of the most common causes of this is that the Slack channel you're attempting to write to is a private Slack channel. The best way to resolve this is to add the Front Bot Slack user as a member of the channel you may need to send messages to from Front.
Clicking the conversation link in Slack leads to an error
If your Send to Slack rule is trigging on private messages, then your teammates will run into an error clicking that link, as that message is inaccessible to them. To remedy this, you can add an action to @mention teammates into your conversation before sending it to Slack.
I set up a rule with a "Send to Slack " action and it doesn't work. I even added another action with it (To assign the email to myself) to see that the rule "catches" the email properly and it does. The email is not sent to Slack though. The Slack integration does work, when I use it manually and not with a Rule.
Adam Rosenthal This might be better to handle through email. Could you please provide me with name of the rule and the conversation ID for the message you are experiencing these issues with? You will need to click on the “i" next to the subject line, and copy the Conversation ID. Please share it with us so that we can investigate.
What would really be great is if the Slack Integration could pass something along, beside just quoting the conversation in Slack. That doesn't tell us what/why the conversation is passing into Slack, and we'd increasingly like to use the Slack integration for specific notifications.
For instance, I have setup a number of Rules that alert us to various customers, time-based (SLA) scenarios, and more. These were originally set to post to our #support-team channel in Slack, but then, we quickly got slammed with them and didn't necessarily know which Rule was triggering the Slack notification.
I'm looking into creating specific Slack channels, just for each Rule, but that's a lot of back-end Slack work. Would be great if FrontApp would just allow us to have a "Short Title" message for each Rule that gets passed into the Slack Notification. For example, "Unassigned Over 2 Hours" as the Slack notification Title.
I am trying to set a rule to send new messages of a particular type to a Slack user. Slack is successfully enabled and I am able to successfully save the rule if sending to a channel, however notifying/sending to a particular user does not seem to work. I receive the message which says "Unable to validate Slack username, please reauthenticate your company integration", but the integration is already authorised as it will allow me to send to a channel? Would this have something to do with different workspaces, as we have multiple? (However should preface this by saying that the channel I am able to successfully send to is within a different channel).
Suggestion: Provide the option to create a Front "conversation" in my personal Inbox. Somewhat as a reminder and/or the question/concern being asked in a Slack Chat/DM requires a longer/more in depth response than appropriate for Slack. Might not be beneficial to everyone, but my day to day doesn't typically involve working in a Team Inbox and I'd prefer to not create Empty Inboxes to provide a place for other employees to create Front conversations from a Slack message.
Paul Go thank you for this feedback! We are hoping, in the future, to allow sending to private inboxes when you use the "send to Front" Slack action. Currently, you do need to send to a team inbox and then assign to yourself to get it into your individual workspace and out of the unassigned team view. Appreciate your taking the time to let us know your thoughts!