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Atomist has a powerful Slack integration to help your team access the power of ChatOps.

If you already have the Atomist bot in your Slack, skip to Issuing commands.

Enroll Slack bot

Click the “Add to Slack” button below to invite the Atomist bot into your Slack workspace.

Slack’s default configuration allows all workspace members to add new Slack applications. However, your workspaces’ admins may restrict the applications that can can be added in your workspace. The permissions management page has an “Approved Apps” setting to control this.

Slack Approved Apps

If your workspace requires approval for new apps and you’re not a Slack administrator, Slack helps you request approval from your Slack workspace’ administrators to install the Atomist application.

Currently the authorization process asks you to authorize two things:

  1. The Atomist app adds a bot user named “@atomist” to your workspace. Members can \invite the Atomist bot to channels to access the full functionality of Atomist. Bot users cannot create channels, cannot join channels unless they are invited by a non-bot channel member, and cannot see messages in channels where they are not a member.
  2. Atomist requests a scope called “Modify public channels”. This scope allows Atomist to help you setup channels. For example, when you create a project in a new repository, Atomist can create a Slack channel to go with it.


The Atomist app creates new channels on behalf of the user who first authorizes Atomist.

Removing Atomist from Slack

You can remove the bot from all your channels instantly by revoking access to the “Atomist” application. We certainly hope it doesn’t come to this!

The App Manage page has a “Remove App” button at the bottom of the page. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to clarify how the bot works within your Slack workspace.

Linking repositories & Slack channels

Now that you you have Slack connected with Atomist, you should “link” your source code repositories with Slack channels so you can see and control your project’s activity from Slack. All you need to do is invite the Atomist bot to a Slack channel and then send it repo.

/invite @atomist
@atomist repo

The bot will open a thread and ask you what repository you want to link to the channel. If you added an organization webhook, you can link any repository in your organization. If you added webhooks to individual repositories, you will only be able to link those repositories.

Issuing commands

The Atomist bot can do many things for you. There are some commands built-in, and others added by automations, including your own.

Issue commands either by addressing the bot in any channel it has been invited to (for example, @atomist help) or by sending a DM to atomist. When you’re in a channel that is linked to a repository, and you run a command (such as create issue) that works on a repository, Atomist recognizes the context and runs the command on that repository.

Finding commands

Get a short list of commands to try from @atomist help.

Get the full list of commands with @atomist list skills.

Get the details of a particular command with @atomist describe skill <skill> where “skill” is replaced by the skill text: for instance, @atomist describe skill create issue.


When a command needs parameters, Atomist will prompt you for them. For instance, “create issue” requires an issue title and accepts an optional issue body.

You can also provide parameters in the command invocation. For example: @atomist create issue title="Say hello please" body="I want it to say hello"

If you provide all required parameters on the command line, most commands will immediately execute. Others will give you an opportunity to change any of the parameters before submission.

Sometimes all parameters are optional, and the only way to override them is on the command line. For instance: @atomist reset goals branch=my-branch will trigger goal-setting on your branch instead of on the master branch.

To see all the parameters, use @atomist describe skill <skill>.