Slack Export Viewer
A Slack Export archive viewer that allows you to easily view and share your Slack team's export (instead of having to dive into hundreds of JSON files).
slack-export-viewer is useful for small teams on a free Slack plan (limited to 10,000 messages) who overrun their budget and ocassionally need a nice interface to refer back to previous messages. You get a web interface to easily scroll through all channels in the export without having to look at individual JSON files per channel per day.
slack-export-viewer can be used locally on one machine for yourself to explore an export or it can be run on a headless server (as it is a Flask web app) if you also want to serve the content to the rest of your team.
pipx for a nice
pipx install slack-export-viewer
Or just feel free to use
pip as you like.
pip install slack-export-viewer
slack-export-viewer will be installed as an entry-point; run from anywhere.
$ slack-export-viewer --help Usage: slack-export-viewer [OPTIONS] Options: -p, --port INTEGER Host port to serve your content on -z, --archive PATH Path to your Slack export archive (.zip file or directory) [required] -I, --ip TEXT Host IP to serve your content on --no-browser If you do not want a browser to open automatically, set this. --channels TEXT A comma separated list of channels to parse. --no-sidebar Removes the sidebar. --no-external-references Removes all references to external css/js/images. --test Runs in 'test' mode, i.e., this will do an archive extract, but will not start the server, and immediately quit. --debug --help Show this message and exit.
1) Grab your Slack team's export
- Visit https://my.slack.com/services/export
- Create an export
- Wait for it to complete
- Refresh the page and download the export (.zip file) into whatever directory
slack-export-viewer to it
Point slack-export-viewer to the .zip file and let it do its magic
slack-export-viewer -z /path/to/export/zip
If everything went well, your archive will have been extracted, processed, and browser window will have opened showing your #general channel from the export.
There is now a CLI included as well. Currently the one command you can use is clearing the cache from slack-export-viewer from your %TEMP% directory; see usage:
└———→ slack-export-viewer-cli --help Usage: slack-export-viewer-cli [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]... Options: --help Show this message and exit. Commands: clean Cleans up any temporary files (including...
┌— hamza@AURORAONE C:\Users\hamza └———→ slack-export-viewer-cli clean Run with -w to remove C:\Users\hamza\AppData\Local\Temp\_slackviewer ┌— hamza@AURORAONE C:\Users\hamza └———→ slack-export-viewer-cli clean -w Removing C:\Users\hamza\AppData\Local\Temp\_slackviewer...
Credit to Pieter Levels whose blog post and PHP script I used as a jumping off point for this.
Improvements over Pieter's script
slack-export-viewer is similar in core functionality but adds several things on top to make it nicer to use:
- An installable application
- Automated archive extraction and retention
- A Slack-like sidebar that lets you switch channels easily
- Much more "sophisticated" rendering of messages
- A Flask server which lets you serve the archive contents as opposed to a PHP script which does static file generation