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hubot-slack

This is a Hubot adapter to use with Slack.
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Getting Started

Creating a new bot

  • npm install -g hubot coffee-script
  • hubot --create [path_name]
  • cd [path_name]
  • npm install hubot-slack --save
  • Initialize git and make your initial commit
  • Check out the hubot docs for further guidance on how to build your bot

Testing your bot locally

  • ./bin/hubot

Deploying to Heroku

This is a modified set of instructions based on the instructions on the Hubot wiki.

  • Make sure hubot-slack is in your package.json dependencies
  • Edit your Procfile and change it to use the slack adapter:

    web: bin/hubot --adapter slack
    
  • Install heroku toolbelt if you haven't already.

  • heroku create my-company-slackbot
  • heroku addons:add redistogo:nano
  • Activate the Hubot service on your "Team Services" page inside Slack.
  • Add the config variables. For example:

    % heroku config:add HEROKU_URL=http://soothing-mists-4567.herokuapp.com
    % heroku config:add HUBOT_SLACK_TOKEN=dqqQP9xlWXAq5ybyqKAU0axG
    % heroku config:add HUBOT_SLACK_TEAM=myteam
    % heroku config:add HUBOT_SLACK_BOTNAME=slack-hubot
    
  • Deploy and start the bot:

    % git push heroku master
    % heroku ps:scale web=1
    
  • Profit!

Adapter configuration

This adapter uses the following environment variables:

HUBOT_SLACK_TOKEN

This is the service token you are given when you add Hubot to your Team Services.

HUBOT_SLACK_TEAM

This is your team's Slack subdomain. For example, if your team is https://myteam.slack.com/, you would enter myteam here.

HUBOT_SLACK_BOTNAME

Optional. What your Hubot is called on Slack. If you entered slack-hubot here, you would address your bot like slack-hubot: help. Otherwise, defaults to slackbot.

HUBOT_SLACK_CHANNELMODE

Optional. If you entered blacklist, Hubot will not post in the rooms specified by HUBOT_SLACK_CHANNELS, or alternately only in those rooms if whitelist is specified instead. Defaults to blacklist.

HUBOT_SLACK_CHANNELS

Optional. A comma-separated list of channels to either be blacklisted or whitelisted, depending on the value of HUBOT_SLACK_CHANNELMODE.

HUBOT_SLACK_LINK_NAMES

Optional. By default, Slack will not linkify channel names (starting with a '#') and usernames (starting with an '@'). You can enable this behavior by setting HUBOT_SLACK_LINK_NAMES to 1. Otherwise, defaults to 0. See Slack API : Message Formatting Docs for more information.

Under the Hood

Receiving Messages:

The slack adapter adds a path to the robot's router that will accept POST requests to:

/hubot/slack-webhook

Source: https://github.com/tinyspeck/hubot-slack/blob/2.1.0/src/slack.coffee#L149-L165

Expected parameters:

  • text
  • user_id
  • user_name
  • channel_id
  • channel_name

If there is a message and it can deduce an author from those paramters, it'll create a new TextMessage object and have the robot receive it, from there proceeding down the regular hubot path.

Sending Messages

When a script calls send() or reply() this adapter makes a POST request to your team's specific URL webhook:

https://<your_team_name>.slack.com/services/hooks/hubot

with a JSON-formatted body including the following dictionary:

  • username
  • channel
  • text
  • link_names (optionally)
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