Sometimes I want to know if a specific person has seen a message yet without having to Direct Message them. Is it possible to see read-status in Slack? How?


Unfortunately there is no read receipt feature, although it is on their dev backlog according to this Tweet thread.

There isn't much you can do outside of asking if they saw it. Some other possibilities:

  1. Look at their screen to see if their Slack app is showing the unread message notification. This isn't perfect though. You'll know they read it if the notification isn't there, but they may have also seen it even with the notification showing, due to other unread messages.

  2. If they are offline when you message them, wait around to see if they appear online shortly after you send the message. That is a likely indication that they read it. Having said that, it might be possible that a user's account is "sleeping" and the act of receiving the message sets them as online. You can test this with someone that has the Slack app on their phone. Have them login and leave the app alone for some time. Once they no longer appear online, send them a message and see of they come online without having to reopen the app.

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    You can also ask people to add reaction to your important post when they have read it. Quickly from the message line. e.g.: +:rocket: – exmaxx Dec 2 '16 at 11:15
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    The Tweet thread is more than 2 years old and they still didn't implement this feature. Wonder which is the priority of this in their backlog. – Ulysses Alves Feb 21 '17 at 20:19
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    Um.... 2 more years has passed, and it seems it is still not implemented. – cytsunny Sep 14 '18 at 11:18
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    Um.... 2 more years have passed, and it seems it is still not implemented @cytsunny – Shukant Pal May 29 '20 at 1:52
  • Slack is so much better without the message is read functionality IMO. – Caveman Sep 22 '20 at 11:44

Sorry for the self promotion but Slack has yet to add this feature. We saw this need as well for our team so we decided to go ahead and create a slack app that has this feature.

How it works

Whenever you open a channel and read the messages an :eye: reaction will be added to the latest message you've read inside that channel. This allows you to see who has read up to what point.

If you're interested in the app, the product is called SlackReadIt

  • Looks like you are still in Beta and this can't be used yet – Muzikant Aug 28 '17 at 14:25
  • @Muzikant It can be used in the Beta. Users just have to sign up and they'll get access. – Cosmic9Studios Aug 28 '17 at 19:42
  • Beta is closed now it seems, no news on the site as to plans – Dave Dawkins Jan 18 '18 at 9:16
  • Hi @DaveDawkins thanks for the interest in our product. Currently we've reached our threshold for the beta, but we will be making changes in the coming weeks to increase that threshold. We grew a lot faster than we expected so we want to make sure that we can compensate for the amount of users using our product. – Cosmic9Studios Jan 19 '18 at 15:29
  • @Cosmic9Studios still have problems and your support email is not working... – alextoind Jul 24 '18 at 8:30

There doesn't appear to be official support for read receipts from Slack itself. However, here are 2 projects from 3rd parties that appear to support read receipts.



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