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Slack is a way to communicate with your team. By integrating with Cortex's Slack app, you can use Slash Commands to drive insights into values such as:

  • Ownership
  • Notifications
  • Who's on call

Also with the integration, Cortex will message service owners regarding any Scorecard improvements or if are any action items for upcoming Initiatives.


In order to connect Cortex to your Slack instance, you’ll need to install Cortex's Slack app in Settings → Slack.


If you do not see the Settings page you're looking for in the sidebar, you likely don't have the proper permissions and need to contact your admin.


If using Cortex Server, you'll need to follow a manual configuration process to use Cortex's Slack app. Reach out to the support team to receive instructions.

Catalog Descriptor


You can define the following block in your Cortex Catalog Descriptor to add your Slack channels.

# List Slack channels, *without* the preceeding "#"
- type: slack
channel: team-engineering
notificationsEnabled: true #optional
description: This is a description for this Slack channel # optional

Slash Commands

We have a list of commands you can use to quickly query catalog metadata and Scorecard scores. The <tag> refers to the entity tag.


You need to be a Slack administrator in order to install Cortex's Slack app.

  • /cortex service <tag>
    • Lists entity information such as owners, current on-call, links, and timeline events
  • /cortex runbooks <tag>
  • /cortex docs <tag>
  • /cortex logs <tag>
  • /cortex links <tag>
  • /cortex links [type] <tag>
    • List all links of optional type param such as "metrics" or "openapi"
  • /cortex oncall <tag>
    • Find current on-call
  • /cortex owners <tag>
    • List all owners, along with their emails
  • /cortex dependencies <tag>
    • List all incoming and outgoing first-level dependencies
  • /cortex scores <tag>
    • List all Scorecard scores
  • /cortex sentry <tag>
  • /cortex timeline <tag>
    • List recent timeline events
  • /cortex search <query>

Privacy Policy

We will retain basic Slack metadata like user IDs for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in our Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law, or where the Customer Agreement requires or permits specific retention or deletion periods.