The Qlik Slack connector uses Slack APIs to access your Slack data, such as the list of users and their details for a Slack channel or all direct messages from your public and private channels.
- Ways to access your data
- Working with the Slack API quota limits
- Reference - Slack developer documentation
Ways to access your data
To access your Slack data, you need to authenticate the connector with your Slack account credentials. After you create a connection and select Slack as your data source, you are redirected to a Slack login page to retrieve your authentication token.
Loading data from tables
After you authenticate the connector with your account credentials, use the tables to fetch your data. Some tables are preconfigured to access a specific set of data while others let you create custom queries. The table below outlines some of the use cases for some of the tables that are available.
|AllUsers||Use this table to fetch the complete list of team members and their details.|
|Channels||Use this table to fetch the list of channels that are available to the team. The table returns a list of channel IDs which are used to run other tables.|
|PrivateGroups||Use this table to fetch the list of private groups the authenticated user is a member of. The table returns a list of group IDs which are used to run other tables.|
To select and load data from a table, enter the required table parameters and click Preview data. Required parameters are marked with an asterisk (*). The table fields are displayed under the Data preview tab. You can select fields individually by selecting the box beside each field name. Select Insert script after you have made your selection.
To run some of the tables, you need to enter specific table parameters, usually in the form of an object ID or an object name. You can find many of these parameters when you run other tables.
For example, to run the PrivateMessages table you need the Group ID. You can fetch the list of Group IDs by running the PrivateGroups table.
Working with the Slack API quota limits
The Qlik Web Connectors use the Slack APIs to extract data from Slack and load it into your Qlik Sense app. While reloading your Slack-based app, you might receive an error message that the connector has reached the Slack API rate limit and that all subsequent API calls will fail until the connector falls back under the throttling limit. If you receive this error message, then you have exceeded one of the API rate limits.
Reference - Slack developer documentation
You can refer to the Slack developer documentation to learn more about the requirements and restriction imposed by the Slack APIs.
You have exceeded the API limits that are imposed on the Qlik Web Connectors by one of the Slack APIs.
To reduce the impact of reaching the API rate limits, develop your app with the following in mind:
- Extract only the data you need.
- Reload one Slack-based application at a time.
- Ensure that loops in your script that make API calls will not result in infinite loops.