A terminal Slack client
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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 github.com/erroneousboat/slack-term


  1. Get a slack token, click here

  2. Create a slack-term.json file, 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: add the following to use light theme, default is dark
    "theme": "light",

    // OPTIONAL: set the width of the sidebar (between 1 and 11), default is 1
    "sidebar_width": 3,

    // OPTIONAL: define custom key mappings, defaults are:
    "key_map": {
        "command": {
            "i":          "mode-insert",
            "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",
            "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"


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 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

Originally forked from erroneousboat's slack-term: https://github.com/erroneousboat/slack-term