The Ultimate Custom Slack Emoji How-To: 7 Tips You Need to Know

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In our previous emoji blog post, The Top 100 Custom Slack Emoji You Absolutely, Positively Need, we revealed over 100 of our most-used custom emoji in Revelry’s Slack.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’re back with a handy guide on how to:

  1. Make your own emoji 
  2. Download 130+ custom emoji (and upload to your Slack!)
  3. Create emoji aliases 
  4. Convey your meaning with emoji: set your status and react to a message 
  5. Download all of your company’s Slack emoji
  6. Calculate your organization’s most used emoji

So if you love expressing yourself with emoji and you’re thirsty for MOAR EMOJI, you’ll enjoy this guide. 

Let’s get to it.

Table of Contents:

  1. How To Make Your Own Slack Emoji
  2. Download Our Top 130+ Custom Emoji and Upload to Your Slack
  3. Find an Emoji Faster Using an Alias 
  4. Use Custom Emoji to Convey Meaning Without Typing 
  5. Save Your Team’s Custom Slack Emoji in a Zip File
  6. Calculate Your Slack Organization’s Most Used Emoji Reactions
  7. Breakdown by Category of Our Custom Emoji

1. How To Make Your Own Slack Emoji

Slack has made this pretty simple. In the message field, click the smiley icon to open the emoji library pop up. Click the “Add Emoji” button at the bottom. 

how to make custom slack emoji

A modal will open where you can upload a new emoji: select an image file from your computer and name the new emoji. 

add custom emoji

Don’t worry about the image size because Slack will now automatically resize your image if the file size is too large. Here’s another great step-by-step on how to add your own emojis to slack.

Optimize Your Custom Emoji

Square images work best, so if you can, use an image editor (like Pixlr, or Preview if you’re on a Mac) to crop your image. 

If you’re good at editing photos, create a transparent background by removing all the parts of the image except the part you want for the emoji. We recommend using the magic wand tool in Preview or Photoshop.  

2. Download Our Top 130+ Custom Emoji and Upload to Your Slack 

  1. Enter your email below to download the custom Slack emoji file.

Download 130+ Custom Slack Emojis

2. Unzip the file on your computer.

3. Install this Google Chrome plugin which will allow you to upload ALL of these emoji at one time. 

chrome plugin slack emoji

4. Next, visit your Slack’s customization area in Chrome, which you can get to by typing in [insert your channel name here].slack.com/customize/emoji in the URL field of your browser. Or, you can click on the name of your organization in the top left, then click “Customize Slack”. This will open a page in your browser. 

customize slack for emoji

5. Use the Chrome plugin to drag and drop all of the emoji from the unzipped folder to the plugin upload area, and it will upload everything to your Slack. (If you don’t want certain emoji uploaded, delete them from the unzipped file first.) 

Voilà!

Using Your New Emoji in Slack

When you’re ready to use a new custom Slack emoji, type a colon then the emoji name and the matching emoji will appear:

use custom slack emojis

Or, click the smiley face in the message bar to open the emoji library pop up. Then click the Slack icon in the far right to view all the custom emoji in your organization. You can also use the search bar to search for a specific emoji.

download slack emoji

3. Find an Emoji Faster Using an Alias

If you can’t remember how to access your favorite emoji using the keyboard shortcut, you can manually add an emoji alias that is easy for you to remember. The alias will exist in addition to the current emoji name. We found this helpful tip in Top 9 Tips and Tricks for Slack Emojis.

  1. Click on your name on the top left of the Slack app below the organization name, then click “Customize Slack”. 
  2. Click “Add Alias”.
custom slack emoji alias

3. Choose the emoji you want to add an alias for.

4. Enter the alias name and click save. If you run into any issues adding an alias, contact your admin.

add slack emoji alias

4. Use Custom Emoji to Convey Meaning Without Typing

How To Add an Emoji as Your Slack Status

  1. From a computer, click your name in the top left below the organization name. Or, use the keyboard shortcut shift-command-up arrow-Y. On mobile apps, click the 3 dots.
how to slack emojis

2. Click “Edit status”.

3. Click the emoji to the left of “What’s your status?” and set your preferred emoji!

custom slack emojis status

4. From this modal, you can also set a time for the status to clear (or not clear!). 

custom status in slack

React with an Emoji to Respond to a Message Instead of a Thread of Comments

Is Slack becoming too distracting? In this super helpful Slack focus guide,  Jory MacKay suggests using a “reacji”, which is an emoji used to react to a message. This declutters channels of written messages while still getting the job done.

custom slack emoji poll
Source: RescueTime: blog

You can also use a poll to gather information such as what’s for lunch:

reacji custom slack emoji
Source: Troops.ai blog

Or your status: 

custom slack emoji for lunch
slack emojis status

You can also use a custom emoji with a company-wide universal meaning to react to typical workplace scenarios. Here’s one of our own (which is included in the custom download slack emoji pack). It’s called, “heal up bud”, and we use it to bestow best wishes on someone who is sick. 

custom slack emojis for work

Advanced Slack Emoji Tips and Tricks

Already mastered these emoji tips and tricks? The next section is for all you Slack emoji pros out there!  

5. Save Your Team’s Custom Slack Emoji in a Zip File

Do you want to download your team’s entire emoji collection into a zip file to use in another Slack? Good news! If you have a Slack API token, you can easily do this. If you don’t, check out the Slack Help Center for step-by-step instructions. You may need to have your Slack admin authorize your request.

Once you’ve done that, you can use your Terminal to run this Ruby script that will download and zip all of the custom emojis your team has ever uploaded!

6. Calculate Your Slack Organization’s Most Used Emoji Reactions

Curious about what emoji reactions your company uses the most? Slack has an API for that as well. Here’s a Ruby script we used to find our most-used emoji reactions in our #watercooler channel since last year. Make sure you have Ruby installed on your computer and run ruby reactions.rb from the Terminal. 

most used slack emojis

Note: Restrict it to 500 messages per batch since 1,000 will often cause a timeout. 

The Ultimate Slack Emoji You Need To Express Yourself at Work

Now that you’re a Slack emoji master, browse through our current favorite Slack emoji. We’ve added over 300 new emoji since our last blog post! And without further ado, here’s the collection of our best Slack emoji. Because how are you even doing business without them?

When You Need to Express Your Level of Thinking

The last edition went heavy on the Party Parrot theme. This time, we’re all about the thinking face. Because let’s face it, we’re all a bunch of pretty hard thinkers, and we need several different emoji to capture the full nuance of all the different modes of thinking we do.

the rock slack emoji
:rock-think:

Can you smell what The Rock is thinking?

thinkonk slack emoji
:thinkonk:

When you maybe sort of think?

thonk slack emoji
:thonk:

When you maybe sort of think, but not really?

thonk-intense slack emoji
:thonk-intense:

When you really maybe sort of think, but not really?

upsidedown-think slack emoji
:upsidedown-think:

When you’re thinking, but need a new perspective.

yawn-think slack emoji
:yawn-think:

When it’s early, but you still need to think.

thinking-hand slack emoji
:thinking-hand:

When you need a hand thinking.

think-all-the-way-down slack emoji
:think-all-the-way-down:

When your thinking is layered.

ealism-think slack emoji
:realism-think:

When you need to think realistically.

recursive-think slack emoji
:recursive-think:

When you think of a problem as a combination of smaller problems.

cool-think slack emoji
:cool-think:

When you need to think, but you’re feeling cool about it.

spinthink slack emoji
:spinthink:

When you’re thinking in cirlces.

hyperspinthink slack emoji
:hyperspinthink:

When you’re thinking in circles, but really fast.

cry_think slack emoji
:cry_think:

When you’re thinking, but also need a good cry.

cubism_think slack emoji
:cubism_think:

When your thinking isn’t constrained by archaic concepts like perspective.

party_think slack emoji
:party_think:

When you’re thinking, and it’s a party.

pride_think slack emoji
:pride_think:

LGBTQIA+ thinking.

think-but-yeah slack emoji
:think-but-yeah:

Thinking from the other side.

thinking_hard slack emoji
:thinking_hard:

You fool, I’m not even using 5% of my think.

ultra_think slack emoji
:ultra_think:

BEHOLD, MY ULTIMATE AND UNSTOPPABLE THINK

thinkeyes slack emoji
:thinkeyes:

When you’re looking at something and thinking.

100-think slack emoji
:100-think:

When you’re thinking, but also keep it 💯

jeff-think slack emoji
:jeff-think:

When thinking “finds a way”.

snake-think slack emoji
:snake-think:

Kept you thinking, huh?

think-snake slack emoji
:think-snake:

Excellent, age hasn’t slowed you down one bit.

pants-think slack emoji
:pants-think:

When you’ve got your thinking pants on.

mullet-think slack emoji
:mullet-think:

When your mullet game is strong and you’re thinking.

pooh-think slack emoji
:pooh-think:

Oh bother, what was I thinking about again?

When You’re Thinking About Lunch Already

We all have those days when lunch is already on our minds an hour in. Here’s a few emoji to help your taste buds do the talking. 

:acaibowl:

Yummy, healthy breakfast or meal

avocado slack emoji :avo:

Avocado. Lunch. Food.

:bagel:

Bagel sounds yum!

mcdonalds slack emoji :mcdonalds:

When you’re feeling like some Mickey D’s

nachos slack emoji :nachos:

My old drinking buddy

pumpkin spice latte slack emoji :psl:

When it’s time for a pumpkin spice latte

pizza heart slack emoji :pizza_love:

For the pizza-sized hole in your heart

popeyes slack emoji :popeyes:

Love that chicken from Popeyes

fried chicken biscuit slack emoji :fried_chicken_biscuit:

When it’s fried chicken sandwich day

chicken nuggets slack emoji :chicken_nuggz:

When nothing else will do

cholula slack emoji :cholula:

If you like it extra spicy

goldfish slack emoji :goldfish:

The snack that smiles back

la croix slack emoji :la-croix:

When water isn’t good enough

cupcake slack emoji :cupcake:

Sometimes you just need one

waffle slack emoji :waffle:

Chicken and…

When You’re Ready To Celebrate

You can never have enough emoji to help you celebrate your wins or let others know it’s time to party!

:hurray:

Whoop whoop!

:champagne-cheers:

When you’ve got something to celebrate

mic drop slack emoji :micdrop:

When they aren’t ready for the truth

10-4 slack emoji :10-4:

That’s right, partner

1000 slack emoji :1000:

100×10

air punch slack emoji :air_punch:

Alright!

dancing hotdog slack emoji :dancing_hotdog:

Remember him?

fieri chef kiss slack emoji :fieri-chef-kiss:

Italian chef, but Guy Fieri

hero slack emoji :hero:

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?

lisa dancing slack emoji :lisa-dancing:

Celebrate with Lisa Simpson

oh yeah slack emoji :ohyeah:

When it’s exciting enough to bust through a wall

panda dance slack emoji :panda-dance:

Pandas love to dance too

party bus slack emoji :party_bus:

Hop on the party bus

party dead slack emoji :party_dead:

Death by party

party gopher slack emoji :party_gopher:

Party like a gopher

party k8s slack emoji :party_k8s:

Kubernetes party time

party stub slack emoji :party_stub:

I’m at a good stopping point, time to party

party wizard slack emoji :party_wizard:

You are a wizard. And you can party.

pie-yow slack emoji :pie-yow:

Pie-Yow Comme Ca! (if you don’t know, Google it)

yaaaaay slack emoji :yaaaaay:

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay

When Things Aren’t Going So Well…

It happens to the best of us. Not every day can be sunshine and rainbows, so here’s some emoji to help you be in your feelings.

oh no slack emoji :ohno:

When something isn’t quite right.

angry point slack emoji :angry-point:

The client asking when deploy is happening

cat salad slack emoji :cat-salad:

CI taking its dear sweet time

guillotine slack emoji :guillotine:

On the chopping block.

shifty slack emoji :shifty:

Sure…

biting nails slack emoji :biting_nails:

When you’re on the edge of your seat.

wah slack emoji :wah:

Wah!

old_man_yells_at_cloud slack emoji :old_man_yells_at_cloud:

When you’re angry at the cloud.

lisa judging slack emoji :lisa_judging:

What did you just say?

lol cry slack emoji :lolcry:

When something’s ironically funny that it’s actually just sad

facemelt slack emoji :facemelt:

Pretty much explains itself

cool cry slack emoji :coolcry:

When you’re cool but you also need a good cry

angry trump slack emoji :angry_trump:

Point and frown

heal up bud slack emoji :healupbud:

Hope you feel better soon!

rolls eyes slack emoji :rolls_eyes:

Ugh

mario question slack emoji :mario-question:

Why though

Even MOAR Party Parrot Emoji

We love the party parrots in our office, so of course we’re including more of our favorites (and a few original). You can find EVEN MOAR than these at Cult of the Party Parrot.

coffee parrot slack emoji :coffee_parrot:

When you’ve had too much cold brew

deploy parrot slack emoji :deploy_parrot:

Ready to deploy!

:confused-parrot:

When you forgot you’re partying like a parrot

harry potter parrot slack emoji :harry-potter-parrot:

When you’re a Harry Potter… parrot??

love parrot slack emoji :love-parrot:

When you’re in love but have to keep partying

popcorn parrot slack emoji :popcorn-parrot:

Munching on popcorn and partying

birthday parrot slack emoji :birthday-parrot:

When it’s your birthday and want to party like a parrot

sushi parrot slack emoji :sushi-parrot:

When you need sushi to party

dark mode parrot slack emoji :dark_mode_parrot:

A party parrot to match your theme

tiedye parrot slack emoji :tiedye-parrot:

Tie-dye and party

When You’re in New Orleans

Our main office is in New Orleans, and we’re proud of our city! Whether you’re located in New Orleans, visiting for Mardi Gras, or just want to express yourself New Orleans-style, here are some great custom Slack emoji for you!

504 slack emoji :504:

When you’re from the 504

mardi gras beads slack emoji :beads:

Throw me something mister!

mardi gras parrot slack emoji :mardi-gras-parrot:

This parrot is ready to Mardi!

king cake slack emoji :king-cake:

When someone brings one to the office… :heart-eyes:

snoball slack emoji :snoball:

Summertime means sweet icy treats

hurricane slack emoji :hurricane:

Don’t have more than one at Pat O’s…

When You’re a Rocker Emoji

If you’d rather be at a Grateful Dead [or any] concert than working, these are for you. 

grateful dead slack emoji :gd-bear-blue:

grateful dead slack emoji :gd-bear-green:

grateful dead slack emoji :gd-bear-orange:

grateful dead slack emoji :gd-bear-pink:

grateful dead slack emoji :gd-bear-yellow:

phish slack emoji :phish:

Also works if you fell victim to a phishing scam

rolling stones slack emoji :rolling-stones:

I can’t get no!

A Few More Misc. Emoji To Help You Express Yourself

Warning: some of these may be inside jokes. But we hope you find them fun and useful regardless.

1099 slack emoji :1099:

This work is for the contractors

aboot slack emoji :aboot:

High five, Canadian style!

baby yoda slack emoji :baby-yoda:

The cutest little baby to ever wield the force

mandalorian slack emoji :mandalorian:

Sworn to protect :baby-yoda:

beard slack emoji :beard:

For Movember and beyond

blocker slack emoji :blocker:

Blocking and tackling

brb slack emoji :brb:

Be Right Back

eyes2 slack emoji :eyes2:

Looking, but in the other direction

frozen slack emoji :frozen:

Either your office is freezing and your fingers are number, or your computer or zoom froze

furby slack emoji :furby:

Nostalgia for these creepy toys

jammin slack emoji :jammin:

Jammin to some good tunes while cranking out work.

lizzo slack emoji :lizzo:

When you’re 100% that bitch

mindblown slack emoji :mindblown:

Woah

monkas slack emoji :monkas:

Hmmm

monkey_look_away slack emoji :monkey_look_away:

I know nothing…

no php slack emoji :no_php:

Nah

pairing slack emoji :pairing:

When two team members screenshare to work together

paul giamatti slack emoji :paul_giamatti:

When you’re a fan of Sideways and Billions

pizza cry slack emoji :pizza-cry:

Diets suck.

same slack emoji :same:

Literally, same

squid dab slack emoji :squiddab:

Dabbing like Squidward

steve harvey pika slack emoji :steve_harvey_pika:

Not creepy at all…

stretch cat slack emoji :stretch-cat:

Streeeeeetching

surprised pikachu slack emoji :surprised_pikachu:

Never enough Pikachu emoji

thank you slack emoji :thankyou:

Self-explanatory. Super useful.

this caret slack emoji :this-caret:

Used to point at the previous message

thread slack emoji :thread:

Starting a thread? Say it with an emoji.

two cents slack emoji :two-cents:

When you’re giving someone your two cents

word slack emoji :word:

For non-Millennials, this means ‘agreed’

yw slack emoji :yw:

You’re welcome. Reference from the Disney movie Moana

Slack Emoji Resources

Can’t find the emoji you’re looking for? Here‘s a cheat sheet for all the standard emoji.

Looking for more custom emojis? Here are a few great sites we found.

  • Emojipacks has an extensive collection of custom emojis for purchase (some packs are free!)
  • DiscordEmoji has a custom emoji maker.

Now It’s Your Turn

Now that you have all the Slack emoji to express yourself properly at work, get out there and let your coworkers know how you’re feeling! 

What’s your favorite Slack emoji? Tell us on Twitter!

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