Slack client for your terminal
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A Slack client for your terminal.



Binary installation

Download a compatible binary for your system. For convenience, place slack-term in a directory where you can access it from the command line. Usually this is /usr/local/bin.

$ mv slack-term /usr/local/bin

Via Go

If you want, you can also get slack-term via Go:

$ go get -u
$ cd $GOPATH/src/
$ go install .


  1. Get a slack token, click here

  2. Create a .slack-term file, and place it in your home directory. Below is an an example file, you can leave out the OPTIONAL parts, you are only required to specify a slack_token. Remember that your file should be a valid json file so don't forget to remove the comments.

    "slack_token": "yourslacktokenhere",

    // OPTIONAL: set the width of the sidebar (between 1 and 11), default is 1
    "sidebar_width": 1,

    // OPTIONAL: turn on desktop notifications for all incoming messages, set
    // the value as: "all", and for only mentions and im messages set the
    // value as: "mention", default is turned off: ""
    "notify": "",

    // OPTIONAL: define custom key mappings, defaults are:
    "key_map": {
        "command": {
            "i": "mode-insert",
            "/": "mode-search",
            "k": "channel-up",
            "j": "channel-down",
            "g": "channel-top",
            "G": "channel-bottom",
            "<previous>": "chat-up",
            "C-b": "chat-up",
            "C-u": "chat-up",
            "<next>": "chat-down",
            "C-f": "chat-down",
            "C-d": "chat-down",
            "n": "channel-search-next",
            "N": "channel-search-previous",
            "q": "quit",
            "<f1>": "help"
        "insert": {
            "<left>": "cursor-left",
            "<right>": "cursor-right",
            "<enter>": "send",
            "<escape>": "mode-command",
            "<backspace>": "backspace",
            "C-8": "backspace",
            "<delete>": "delete",
            "<space>": "space"
        "search": {
            "<left>": "cursor-left",
            "<right>": "cursor-right",
            "<escape>": "clear-input",
            "<enter>": "clear-input",
            "<backspace>": "backspace",
            "C-8": "backspace",
            "<delete>": "delete",
            "<space>": "space"

    // OPTIONAL: override the default theme (see wiki for more information),
    // defaults are:
    "theme": {
        "view": {
            "fg": "white",
            "bg": "default",
            "border_fg": "white",
            "border_bg": "white",
            "par_fg": "white",
            "par_label_fg": "white"
        "channel": {
            "prefix": "",
            "icon": "",
            "text": ""
        "message": {
            "time": "",
            "name": "",
            "text": ""


When everything is setup correctly you can run slack-term with the following command:

$ slack-term

You can also specify the location of the config file, this will give you the possibility to run several instances of slack-term with different accounts.

$ slack-term -config [path-to-config-file]

Default Key Mapping

Below are the default key-mapping for slack-term, you can change them in your slack-term.json file.

mode key action
command i insert mode
command / search mode
command k move channel cursor up
command j move channel cursor down
command g move channel cursor top
command G move channel cursor bottom
command pg-up scroll chat pane up
command ctrl-b scroll chat pane up
command ctrl-u scroll chat pane up
command pg-down scroll chat pane down
command ctrl-f scroll chat pane down
command ctrl-d scroll chat pane down
command n next search match
command N previous search match
command q quit
command f1 help
insert left move input cursor left
insert right move input cursor right
insert enter send message
insert esc command mode
search esc command mode
search enter command mode