How to Integrate and Use Chatgpt plugin in Slack

Slack is one of the most widely used communication tools for teams. It is a cloud-based set of tools and services for team collaboration. It provides real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern groups. With the integration of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, it has become an even more powerful tool. As you already know that ChatGPT is a highly advanced language model that can generate human-like responses to a given prompt.

In this blog, I will show you how to integrate ChatGPT with Slack and use it to answer questions and converse with your team members.

What are Slack Apps/Integrations/Extensions?

Slack apps or Slack Integrations or Slack Extensions are tools that can be integrated into Slack channels to expand work communication. They let you access more functionalities within Slack without even leaving the app.

Slack free plan lets you add up to 10 apps to workspaces if you are on Slack free plan. If you are on one of Slack’s paid plans you can add as many extensions as you like.

Advantages of using Slack Integrations/Apps/Extensions

There are many advantages of using Slack Integration/Apps/Extensions. Some of them are listed below:

  • Slack apps provide many functionality to help streamline workflows and increase productivity. Slack apps can be used to integrate with other apps and services, making it easier to access and share information.
  • With integrated apps, you can achieve a Centralized platform for task management, budgeting, and issue tracking.
  • Enhancing interaction and collaboration within remote teams with the use of these integration tools.

How to Add Slack Integrations/Apps/Extensions?

1. Go to the Slack App Directory and search for the App.

2. By default, members of the workspace are allowed to install apps in Slack. Should you come across an app that interests you, simply press the Add to Slack button in the Slack App Directory.

How to integrate ChatGPT with Slack?

ChatGPT is a highly advanced language model that can generate human-like responses to a given prompt. Hence adding it to Slack is highly beneficial. However there is no direct integration between OpenAl’s ChatGPT and Slack as of now, there are some workarounds to get ChatGPT into your Slack workspace.

One of them is to build your own Slack chatbot using Slack’s and OpenAI’s API. It could be difficult for some as it is a bit tricky and requires you to do some unfamiliar things.

Follow the given below steps to build your own Slack Chatbot and integrated it into Slack.

1. Register an app with Slack and obtain tokens

The very first thing that one needs to do is to register ChatGPT with Slack and Obtain the Slack Bot Token and Slack App Token. To do this, follow the steps given below:

1. Log in to your Slack Workspace.

2. Go to the Slack API website.

3. Click on “Create an app” and select “From scratch”.

4. Give your app a name, select your Slack workspace.

5. In Basic information > Add features and functionality. Click on “Permissions” and in Scopes add in Bot Token Scopes: app_mentions:read, channels:history, channels:read, chat:write.

6. In settings, click on “Socket Mode”, enable it, and give the token a name. Copy the Slack Bot App Token (starts with xapp)

7. In Basic information > Add features and functionality. Click on “Event Subscription” and enable it. Furthermore in “Subscribe to bot events” select “app_mention“. Save the changes.

8. Go to the “OAuth & Permission” section and install your app in your workspace.

9. Copy the Slack Bot Token (starts with xoxb).

2. Obtain the OpenAI API key

The next thing is to obtain the OpenAI API key. To generate an API key, follow these steps:

1. Go to the OpenAI API website.

2. Login or sign up for an OpenAI account.

3. Go to the API key section and click on Create a new API key. Copy the API key.

3. Install necessary dependencies

Now you have to install the necessary dependencies such as slack-bolt, slack, and openai. The Slack-Bolt package is a set of tools and libraries that allow developers to quickly and easily create Slack applications. It provides an easy-to-use API for building bots, custom integrations, and Slack app features. You can install these dependencies by running the following command in your terminal app:

pip install openai
pip install slack-bolt
pip install slack

4. Run the application

Fill in the three tokens that you created above in the script below and run the application. There will be a message “Bolt app is running” in your Python environment to indicate that the app is active.

The app will listen to events in which it is tagged using @followed by the name you have given to the chatbot. Once that happens a message is shown to the user that the bot is working on an answer. It will send the question to a GPT-3 model and finally return the answer to the user.


import os
import openai
from slack_bolt.adapter.socket_mode import SocketModeHandler
from slack import WebClient
from slack_bolt import App

# Event API & Web API
app = App(token=SLACK_BOT_TOKEN) 
client = WebClient(SLACK_BOT_TOKEN)

# This gets activated when the bot is tagged in a channel    
def handle_message_events(body, logger):
    # Log message
    # Create prompt for ChatGPT
    prompt = str(body["event"]["text"]).split(">")[1]
    # Let thre user know that we are busy with the request 
    response = client.chat_postMessage(channel=body["event"]["channel"], 
                                       text=f"Hello from your bot! :robot_face: \nThanks for your request, I'm on it!")
    # Check ChatGPT
    openai.api_key = OPENAI_API_KEY
    response = openai.Completion.create(
    # Reply to thread 
    response = client.chat_postMessage(channel=body["event"]["channel"], 
                                       text=f"Here you go: \n{response}")

if __name__ == "__main__":
    SocketModeHandler(app, SLACK_APP_TOKEN).start()

5. Add it in Slack using the methods shown above

This is the last thing you need to do to use the ChatGPT chatbot in Slack that you just made.

1. Create your chatbot story.

2. Go to Slack integration and sign in with your Slack account.

3. Click on the Add bot to Slack button.

4. Select the story you want to use in this integration and chose one Slack channel for your bot to live on.

5. Apply all the changes by clicking Confirm.

6. Your chatbot is all set and ready

Note: By default, your chatbot is active only when mentioned @ChatBot( or whatever the name you have given to your Chatbot. Untick this option if you want it to reply always.

Right now this is the only method using which you can OpenAPI’s ChatGPT with Slack. Maybe in the future Slack will develop an extension to ChatGPT which can be used by just adding and which will also be available in the App directory. Until then Stay tuned!

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