Create a slackbot to send messages on channel using Bolt Framework



In this blog post, I have shown how we can create a simple slackbot that is used to send a message on a channel. As we know, slack is a very useful that makes the communication between the coworkers very easy and efficient. According to, it replaces email with something faster, better organised and more secure.

About Slack Bolt Framework

Bolt is an official Slack framework designed to simplify the creation of Slack apps. It provides an abstraction layer over Slack's APIs, allowing developers to build with less boilerplate code. With Bolt, you can handle events, create commands, and interact with Slack's API in a more intuitive way.


  • A slack account with permissions to create apps
  • Node.js and npm installed on the system
  • Basic understanding of Typescript and Node.js

Slack App and project setup

To begin, we need to create a slack app on the workspace and give it relevant permissions.

Create your slack app

  1. Open and go to "Your Apps".
  2. Click on "Create New App", input a name and select a workspace
  3. Under "OAuth & Permissions", Add the scopes channels:history chat:write  to the Bot Token Scopes.
  4. Install the app to the workspace and save the Bot User OAuth Token

Initialize your project

Create a new directory for your project and initialize it.

mkdir slackbot-sample-message 
cd slackbot-sample-message
npm init -y

Install the Bolt framework and Typescipt dependencies

npm install @slack/bolt
npm install typescipt @types/node dotenv ts-node --save-dev

Initialize Typescipt in your project

npx tsc --init

This will create a tsconfig.json file.

Enable the socket mode

  • Under the Socket Mode , enable the socket mode
  • Go to Basic Information and scroll down under the App Token section and click Generate Token and Scopes to generate an app token. Add the connections:write scope to this token and save the generated xapp token.
  • Under the Event Subscriptions, toggle to enable the events
    • In the subscribe to bot events, add message.channels event

Program to send Slackbot message

Create a .env file to store the signing-secret and slackbot token from the app

Slack signing secret and app token can be obtained by navigating to the Basic Information, and under App credentials and App-Level Tokens

Slack bot token can be obtained by navigating to the OAuth & Permissions, and under OAuth Tokens for Your Workspace

SLACK_SIGNING_SECRET = "<add-signing-secret>",
SLACK_BOT_TOKEN = "<add-slack-bot-token>"
SLACK_APP_TOKEN = "<add-slack-app-token>"

Create a file index.ts and add the following code

import { App, GenericMessageEvent, MessageEvent } from "@slack/bolt";
import * as dotenv from "dotenv";


const app: App = new App({
  token: process.env.SLACK_BOT_TOKEN,
  signingSecret: process.env.SLACK_SIGNING_SECRET,
  socketMode: true,
  appToken: process.env.SLACK_APP_TOKEN,

app.message("Hello", async ({ message, say }) => {
  await say(`Hello there <@${(message as GenericMessageEvent).user}>!`);

(async (): Promise<void> => {
  const port: number = Number(process.env.PORT) || 3000;
  await app.start(port);
  console.log(`Slackbot is running on port ${port}!`);

Add the command to run slackbot

Update the scripts in the package.json file as follows

 "scripts": {
    "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
    "dev": "ts-node index.ts"

Execute the following command

npm run dev


Add the slackbot to the channels in which the slackbot has to interact

Send a "Hello" in the channel. The expected result is as follows


We have created a Slackbot using Typescript and Bolt framework that can send a simple message to the Slack channel. A slackbot can be widely used for various purposes like adding polls, buttons which will increase the interactivity with users of the workspace.