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The Sumo Logic app for Slack provides monitoring and data analytics for Slack users, channels, access logs for workspaces with free, standard, plus, and enterprise plans. The app is focused on public channels only.

Slack is a cloud-based set of software tools and online services that provide for secure collaboration across teams, departments, offices, and countries.

Log types

Slack logs are in JSON format. The Slack app utilizes the following log types:

  • User logs
  • Public channel logs
  • Public message logs
  • Access logs
  • Audit logs

Sumo Logic’s Slack collector enhances the logs by adding a few metadata fields so the raw logs from Slack APIs might differ in format. The availability of all types of logs is determined by the slack plans.

Log TypeFree planStandard planPlus planEnterprise plan
User logs
Public Channel logs
Public Message logs
Access logs
Audit logs

Sample log messages

The following table provides sample log messages for the different log types.

User logs

"id": "UM27LNGHK",
"name": "test",
"deleted": false,
"real_name": "test",
"tz": "Asia/Kolkata",
"tz_label": "India Standard Time",
"is_admin": false,
"is_owner": false,
"is_primary_owner": false,
"is_restricted": false,
"is_ultra_restricted": false,
"is_bot": false,
"is_app_user": false,
"updated": 1565005724,
"has_2fa": false,
"teamName": "TestSlack",
"email": "",
"billable": true,
"logType": "UserLog"

Public Channel logs

"channel_id": "CKN1D8010",
"channel_name": "testchannel",
"members": 2,
"logType": "ChannelDetail",
"teamName": "TestSlack"

Public Message logs

"type": "message",
"text": "Test",
"files": [
"name": "Test",
"fileType": "epub",
"fileSize": 1258,
"urlPrivate": "",
"urlPrivateDownload": "",
"permalink": ""
"attachments": [
"id": 16,
"text": "Test",
"author_name": "",
"author_link": "",
"pretext": "",
"fallback": "Messages Sent"
"upload": true,
"user": "e65b0bd8",
"display_as_bot": false,
"ts": "1566215592",
"client_msg_id": "23849274-580c-4644-9478-8328e5716b89",
"userName": "roy",
"channelId": "e65b0d0e",
"channelName": "app-for-slack",
"teamName": "TestSlack",
"logType": "ConversationLog"

Access logs

"user_id": "e65b0476",
"username": "dave",
"date_first": 1566215532,
"date_last": 1566215532,
"count": 2,
"ip": "",
"user_agent": "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/28.0.1467.0 Safari/537.36",
"isp": "Inetbroadband",
"country": "PA",
"region": "EU",
"teamName": "TestSlack",
"logType": "AccessLog"

Audit logs

"logType": "UserAuditLog",
"id": "bdcb13e3-28a3-41f0-9ace-a20952def3a0",
"date_create": 1566215192,
"action": "user_created",
"actor": {
"type": "user",
"user": {
"id": "e65b0f5c",
"name": "roy",
"email": ""
"entity": {
"id": "e65b107e",
"privacy": "public",
"name": "BigCo ISP",
"is_shared": false,
"is_org_shared": false,
"filetype": "text/csv",
"title": "john",
"is_distributed": false,
"is_directory_approved": false,
"scopes": [
"context": {
"location": {
"type": "workspace",
"id": "e65b11aa",
"name": "Docker",
"domain": "Docker"
"ua": "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:23.0) Gecko/20131011 Firefox/23.0",
"ip_address": ""
"details": {
"name": "himanshu",
"email": ""

Sample queries

The sample query is from the Channel Summary panel of Slack - Public Channels dashboard.

| join ("logType":"channelDetail"
| json "channel_name", "channel_id", "teamName", "members" as Channel, ChannelId, Workspace, Members
| withtime Members
| most_recent(Members_withtime) as Members by Channel, ChannelId, Workspace) as T1,("logType":"ConversationLog" | json "user", "userName", "type", "subtype", "ts", "text", "channelId", "channelName", "teamName" as ID, User, Type, SubType, Time, Text, ChannelId, Channel, Workspace nodrop
| count_distinct(Time) as Messages by ID, ChannelId, Workspace) as T2 on T1.ChannelId = T2.ChannelId and T1.Workspace=T2.Workspace
| T2_Workspace as Workspace | T2_ID as User| T1_Channel as Channel
| where Workspace matches {{Workspace}} and Channel matches {{Channel}}
| T1_Members as %"Team Members"
| fields Workspace, Channel, User, %"Team Members" ,T2_Messages
| where [subquery:"logType":"UserLog"
| json "id", "name", "deleted", "is_bot", "teamName" as User, Name, Deleted, Bot, Workspace nodrop
| where Bot matches "false" and !(Name matches "slackbot") and Deleted matches "false"
| withtime Name
| most_recent(Name_withtime) as Name by User, Workspace
| compose User, Workspace]
| sum(T2_Messages) as %"Total Messages", count_distinct(User) as %"Members Posted Messages" by Workspace, Channel, %"Team Members"
| fields Workspace, Channel, %"Team Members", %"Total Messages", %"Members Posted Messages"
| sort by %"Total Messages"
| limit 20

Collect logs for the Slack app

This legacy solution to pull logs from Slack to Sumo Logic has been replaced with a dedicated Cloud-to-Cloud Integration Framework, Slack Cloud-to-Cloud source. We recommend using this source instead of the legacy Python collection method.

Installing the Slack app

To install the app, do the following:

  1. Select App Catalog.
  2. In the Search Apps field, search for and then select your app.
    Optionally, you can scroll down to preview the dashboards included with the app.
  3. To install the app, click Install App.
  4. Click Next in the Setup Data section.
  5. In the Configure section of the respective app, complete the following fields.
    1. Key. Select either of these options for the data source.
      • Choose Source Category, and select a source category from the list for Default Value.
      • Choose Custom, and enter a custom metadata field. Insert its value in Default Value.
  6. Click Next. You will be redirected to the Preview & Done section.

Your app will be installed in the Installed Apps folder and dashboard panels will start to fill automatically.

Each panel slowly fills with data matching the time range query and received since the panel was created. Results will not immediately be available, updating with full graphs and charts over time.

Viewing Slack dashboards

All dashboards have a set of filters that you can apply to the entire dashboard. Use these filters to drill down and examine the data to a granular level.

  • You can change the time range for a dashboard or panel by selecting a predefined interval from a drop-down list, choosing a recently used time range, or specifying custom dates and times. Learn more.
  • You can use template variables to drill down and examine the data on a granular level. For more information, see Filter with template variables.
  • Most Next-Gen apps allow you to provide the scope at the installation time and are comprised of a key (_sourceCategory by default) and a default value for this key. Based on your input, the app dashboards will be parameterized with a dashboard variable, allowing you to change the dataset queried by all panels. This eliminates the need to create multiple copies of the same dashboard with different queries.


The Slack - Overview dashboard provides an at-a-glance view of the number of workspaces, members, bots, admins, public channels, and public messages. Panels also show geographic access locations, and key statistics around public messages and files.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor the admins, bots, and members across workspaces.
  • Identify the trends around public messages and files shared.
  • Monitor locations from which workspaces are being accessed.
Slack dashboards


The Slack - Members dashboard shows trends for total members, active members, and messages by workspace. Panels also show detailed member information, and breakdowns by workspace for roles, timezones, and two factor authentication (2FA).

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor member activity across workspaces.
  • Identify inactive members that have not accessed the workspace.
  • Identify members that do not have two factor authentication enabled.
Slack dashboards


The Slack - Bots dashboard displays information on bots, which are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet. Panels show trends by workspace for all bots, active bots, and messages, as well as detailed information on bots, and a detailed bot summary.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor bots and bot activities across multiple workspaces.
Slack dashboards

Public Channels

The Slack - Public Channels dashboard provides detailed information across all channels, as well as active channels. Panels also show information on the top ten channels by files and by attachments, and a summary of all channels.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor channel activity across multiple workspaces.
  • Identify inactive channels where messages are not being posted.
Slack dashboards

Public Messages

The Slack - Public Messages dashboard provides details around attachments, files shared and statistics around messages in Slack public channels.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor various file types being shared and identify those that pose the greatest risk.
  • Investigate the details of file shared via the URL links in the Recent File Shared panel.
Slack dashboards


The Slack - Access dashboard helps you monitor how users are accessing Slack and identifies access requests coming in from malicious domains.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Identify all incoming threats detected via Sumo Logic Threat Intel.
  • Identify the kinds of mobile or desktop platforms that users are using to access Slack.
  • Identify trends for user access patterns across multiple workspaces.
Slack dashboards

Audit Overview Dashboard

The Slack - Audit Overview dashboard provides details around Slack audit actions, and trends.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Review audit actions and determine which are not approved or need to be corrected.
  • Identify and validate that top users performing audit actions.
Slack dashboards

User Audit

The Slack - User Audit dashboard provides insight into user and administrative audit actions and trends. Panels also display detailed information for members and guest members.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor audit actions across multiple workspaces.
  • Monitor all role changes for workspaces and identify any suspicious behavior.
  • Monitor and validate that all guest activities are in line with what is expected.
Slack dashboards

Workspace Audit

The Slack - Workspace Audit dashboard provides information on top users, top audit actions and audit trends. Panels also detail workspace sign on, exports, data retention and billing, and other admin activities.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor all workspace related activities.
  • Monitor changes to single-sign-on settings including two factor authentication.
  • Monitor workspace related, data retention, or billing activities.
  • Monitor the exports that are performed on workspaces.
Slack dashboards

Channel Audit

The Slack - Channel Audit dashboard provides details on the top channel audit actions and trends. The panels also display information on top members and member activity, and top guest members and guest member activity.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor channel related activities for multiple workspaces.
  • Monitor all the private and public channels joined by members and guests.
  • Monitor all the private channels that are created, deleted, and archived by guests.
Slack dashboards

File and App Audit

The Slack - File and App Audit dashboard displays file audit and app audit information. The panels show audit actions, top actions and file types or scopes, top users, and member activity.

Use this dashboard to:

  • Monitor all application and file related activities across multiple workspaces.
  • Identify the top users who perform actions related to applications and files.
  • Identify all guests and members that share, install applications download and upload files across public and private channels.
  • Identify the top scopes under which applications are approved and installed.
Slack dashboards
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