Convert Slack messages into Activity Streams 2 with Broid Integration


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Broid Slack Integration

Broid Integrations is an open source project providing a suite of Activity Streams 2 libraries for unified communications among a vast number of communication platforms.

Connect your App to Multiple Messaging Channels with One OpenSource Language.


Message types supported

Simple Image Video Buttons Location Phone number

Location, Phone number are platform limitations.

Getting started

Register your app/bot on Slack

  • Instructions to create bot, can be found here.

  • Instructions to create app, can be found here.

Notes: Interactive message are only supported on app (with Oauth bot token). Set Redirect URLs (in OAuth & Permissions) to, so you can catch the token.

You can generate one for test with this command: node bin/oauth.js --new -c client_id -s secret_id


npm install --save @broid/slack

Connect to Slack

const BroidSlack = require('@broid/slack');

const slack = new BroidSlack({
  token: 'xxxxx',
  http: {
    host: '',
    port: 8080

    next: data => console.log(data),
    error: err => console.error(`Something went wrong: ${err.message}`),
    complete: () => console.log('complete'),

Slack can also be used with your existing express setup.

const BroidSlack = require('@broid/slack');
const express = require("express");

const slack  = new BroidSlack({
  token: 'xxxxx'

const app = express();
app.use("/slack", slack.getRouter());

    next: data => console.log(data),
    error: err => console.error(`Something went wrong: ${err.message}`),
    complete: () => console.log('complete'),


Options available

name Type default Description
serviceID string random Arbitrary identifier of the running instance
logLevel string info Can be : fatal, error, warn, info, debug, trace
token string Your access token
http object WebServer options (host, port)

Generate the "Bot User Token"

broid-slack needs the "Bot User Token" to authenticate against the Slack RTM and Web Client. To obtain this client, you can use the script at bin/oauth.js. You will need your "Client ID" and your "Client Secret":

$ ./oauth.js --new --clientID xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx --clientSecret yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

This will open your default web browser and guide you to obtain the needeed token (easily spotted starting with: xoxp-). Alternatively you can obtain a "Legacy Token" here.

Receive a message

    next: data => console.log(`Received message: ${data}`),
    error: err => console.error(`Something went wrong: ${err.message}`),
    complete: () => console.log('complete'),

Post a message

To send a message, the format should use the broid-schemas.

const formatted_message = {
  "@context": "https://www.w3.org/ns/activitystreams",
  "type": "Create",
  "generator": {
    "id": "f6e92eb6-f69e-4eae-8158-06613461cf3a",
    "type": "Service",
    "name": "slack"
  "object": {
    "type": "Note",
    "content": "hello world"
  "to": {
    "type": "Person",
    "id": "C1E3X0RRB"

  .then(() => console.log("ok"))
  .catch(err => console.error(err));

Buttons supported

This adapter support the interactive messages

Examples of messages

You can find examples of sent and received messages at Broid-Schemas.

Contributing to Broid


Copyright & License

Copyright (c) 2016-2017 Broid.ai

This project is licensed under the AGPL 3, which can be found here.

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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