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Version: 0.18



Legacy Slack integration known from previous Botkube versions has been deprecated and removed from the Slack App Directory. Follow the tutorial below to use the new Slack integration.

Install Slack App in Your Slack workspace

Botkube uses interactive messaging to provide better experience. Interactive messaging needs a Slack App with Socket Mode enabled and currently this is not suitable for Slack App Directory listing. For this reason, you need to create a Slack App in your own Slack workspace and use it for Botkube deployment.


Multi-cluster caveat: The architecture of socket-based Slack apps is different from the older Slack app. If you would like to use Botkube executors (e.g. kubectl commands) and have multiple Kubernetes clusters, you need to create and install a Botkube Slack app for each cluster. This is required so that the Slack to Botkube connections go to the right place. We recommend you set the name of each app to reflect the cluster it will connect to in the next steps.

To learn more about the Slack Socket API limitation, see the comment in the official Slack bot framework repository.

Follow the steps below to create and install Botkube Slack app to your Slack workspace.

Create Slack app

  1. Go to Slack App console to create an application.

  2. Click Create New App and select From an app manifest in the popup to create application from manifest.

    Create App from Manifest

  3. Select a workspace where you want to create application and click Next.

    Select Workspace

  4. Select YAML tab, copy & paste one of the following manifests, and click Next, and then Create.

name: Botkube
description: Botkube
background_color: "#a653a6"
display_name: Botkube
always_online: false
- channels:read
- app_mentions:read
- chat:write
- files:write
- app_mention
is_enabled: true
org_deploy_enabled: false
socket_mode_enabled: true
token_rotation_enabled: false

Install Botkube to the Slack workspace

Once the application is created, you will be redirected to application details page. Press the Install your app button, select the workspace and click Allow to finish installation.

Install Slack App

Obtain Bot Token

Follow the steps to obtain the Bot Token:

  1. Select OAuth & Permissions section on the left sidebar. On this page you can copy the bot token which starts with xoxb....

    Retrieve Slack Bot Token

  2. Export Slack Bot Token as follows:

    export SLACK_API_BOT_TOKEN="{botToken}"

Generate and obtain App-Level Token

Slack App with Socket Mode requires an App-Level Token for the websocket connection.

Follow the steps to generate an App-Level Token:

  1. Select Basic Information link from the left sidebar and scroll down to section App-Level Token. Click on the Generate Token and Scopes button.

  2. Enter a Name, select connections:write scope, and click Generate.

    Generate App-Level Token

    Retrieve App-Level Token

  3. Copy App-Level Token and export it as follows:

    export SLACK_API_APP_TOKEN="${appToken}"

Add Botkube user to a Slack channel

After installing Botkube app to your Slack workspace, you could see a new bot user with the name "Botkube" added in your workspace. Add that bot to a Slack channel you want to receive notification in. You can add it by inviting @Botkube in a channel.

Install Botkube Backend in Kubernetes cluster

  • We use Helm to install Botkube in Kubernetes. Follow this guide to install helm if you don't have it installed already.

  • Add botkube chart repository:

    helm repo add botkube
    helm repo update
  • Deploy Botkube backend using helm install in your cluster:

    export CLUSTER_NAME={cluster_name}
    export ALLOW_KUBECTL={allow_kubectl}
    export ALLOW_HELM={allow_helm}
    export SLACK_CHANNEL_NAME={channel_name}

    helm install --version v0.18.0 botkube --namespace botkube --create-namespace \
    --set communications.default-group.socketSlack.enabled=true \
    --set${SLACK_CHANNEL_NAME} \
    --set communications.default-group.socketSlack.appToken=${SLACK_API_APP_TOKEN} \
    --set communications.default-group.socketSlack.botToken=${SLACK_API_BOT_TOKEN} \
    --set settings.clusterName=${CLUSTER_NAME} \
    --set executors.kubectl-read-only.kubectl.enabled=${ALLOW_KUBECTL} \
    --set 'executors.helm.botkube/helm.enabled'=${ALLOW_HELM} \


    • SLACK_CHANNEL_NAME is the channel name where @Botkube is added
    • SLACK_API_BOT_TOKEN is the Token you received after installing Botkube app to your Slack workspace
    • SLACK_API_APP_TOKEN is the Token you received after installing Botkube app to your Slack workspace and generate in App-Level Token section
    • CLUSTER_NAME is the cluster name set in the incoming messages
    • ALLOW_KUBECTL set true to allow kubectl command execution by Botkube on the cluster,
    • ALLOW_HELM set true to allow helm command execution by Botkube on the cluster,

    Configuration syntax is explained here. Full Helm chart parameters list is documented here.

    Send @Botkube ping in the channel to see if Botkube is running and responding.

    With the default configuration, Botkube will watch all the resources in all the namespaces for create, delete and error events.

    If you wish to monitor only specific resources, follow the steps given below:

    1. Create a new config.yaml file and add Kubernetes resource configuration as described on the source page.

    2. Pass the YAML file as a flag to helm install command, e.g.:

      helm install --version v0.18.0 --name botkube --namespace botkube --create-namespace -f /path/to/config.yaml --set=...other args..

    Alternatively, you can also update the configuration at runtime as documented here.

Delete Botkube from Slack workspace

  • Go to the Slack apps page,
  • Click on "Botkube", scroll to bottom, and click on "Delete App" button.

Remove Botkube from Kubernetes cluster

Execute following command to completely remove Botkube and related resources from your cluster:

helm uninstall botkube --namespace botkube