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This is a Brobbot adapter to use with Slack.

Getting Started

Adding Slack adapter

In your brobbot-instance:

npm install brobbot-slack --save

Check out the brobbot docs for further guidance on how to build your bot

Testing your bot instance locally

  • BROBBOT_SLACK_TOKEN=xoxb-1234-5678-91011-00e4dd ./ -a slack

Heroku button

You can use the Heroku deploy button on the brobbot-slack-instance project, or you can do it manually:

Deploying to Heroku

This is a modified set of instructions based on the instructions on the Brobbot wiki.

  • Make sure brobbot-slack is in your package.json dependencies in your brobbot-instance.

  • Edit your Procfile and change it to use the slack adapter:

      web: ./ -a slack
  • Install heroku toolbelt if you haven't already.

  • heroku create my-company-slackbot

  • Activate the Hubot service on your "Team Services" page inside Slack.

  • Add the config variables. For example:

      % heroku config:add HEROKU_URL=
      % heroku config:add BROBBOT_SLACK_TOKEN=dqqQP9xlWXAq5ybyqKAU0axG
  • Deploy and start the bot:

      % git push heroku master
      % heroku ps:scale web=1
  • Profit!

Upgrading from earlier versions of Hubot

Version 4 of the brobbot-slack adapter requires different server support to previous versions. If you have an existing "hubot" integration set up you'll need to upgrade:

  • Go to and create a new hubot integration
  • Run npm install brobbot-slack@latest --save to update your code.
  • Test your bot instance locally using: BROBBOT_SLACK_TOKEN=xoxb-1234-5678-91011-00e4dd ./ -a slack
  • Update your production startup scripts to pass the new BROBBOT_SLACK_TOKEN. You can remove the other BROBBOT_SLACK_* environment variables if you want.
  • Deploy your new brobbot to production.
  • Once you're happy it works, remove the old hubot integration from


This adapter uses the following environment variables:

  • BROBBOT_SLACK_TOKEN - This is the API token for the Slack user you would like to run Hubot under.

To add or remove your bot from specific channels or private groups, you can use the /kick and /invite slash commands that are built into Slack.


Copyright © Slack Technologies, Inc. MIT License; see LICENSE for further details.


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