Slack Tutorial - Slash Commands

This tutorial demonstrates using Cloud Functions to implement a Slack Slash Command that searches the Google Knowledge Graph API.

Objectives

  • Create a Slash Command in Slack.
  • Write and deploy an HTTP Cloud Function.
  • Search the Google Knowledge Graph API using the Slash Command.

Costs

This tutorial uses billable components of Cloud Platform, including:

  • Google Cloud Functions

Use the Pricing Calculator to generate a cost estimate based on your projected usage.

Before you begin

  1. Sign in to your Google Account.

    If you don't already have one, sign up for a new account.

  2. In the Cloud Console, on the project selector page, select or create a Cloud project.

    Go to the project selector page

  3. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Google Cloud project. Learn how to confirm billing is enabled for your project.

  4. Enable the Cloud Functions and Google Knowledge Graph Search APIs.

    Enable the APIs

  5. Update gcloud components:
    gcloud components update
  6. Prepare your development environment.

Visualizing the flow of data

The flow of data in the Slack Slash Command tutorial application involves several steps:

  1. The user executes the /kg <search_query> Slash Command in a Slack channel.
  2. Slack sends the command payload to the Cloud Function's trigger endpoint.
  3. The Cloud Function sends a request with the user's search query to the Knowledge Graph API.
  4. The Knowledge Graph API responds with any matching results.
  5. The Cloud Function formats the response into a Slack message.
  6. The Cloud Function sends the message back to Slack.
  7. The user sees the formatted response in the Slack channel.

It may help to visualize the steps:

Creating the Knowledge Graph API key

In the Google Cloud Console Credentials page, click the Create credentials button and select API key. Remember this key, as you will use it to access the Knowledge Graph API in the next section.

Preparing the function

  1. Clone the sample app repository to your local machine:

    Node.js

    git clone https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/nodejs-docs-samples.git

    Alternatively, you can download the sample as a zip file and extract it.

    Python

    git clone https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/python-docs-samples.git

    Alternatively, you can download the sample as a zip file and extract it.

    Go

    git clone https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/golang-samples.git

    Alternatively, you can download the sample as a zip file and extract it.

    Java

    git clone https://github.com/GoogleCloudPlatform/java-docs-samples.git

    Alternatively, you can download the sample as a zip file and extract it.

  2. Change to the directory that contains the Cloud Functions sample code:

    Node.js

    cd nodejs-docs-samples/functions/slack/

    Python

    cd python-docs-samples/functions/slack/

    Go

    cd golang-samples/functions/slack/

    Java

    cd java-docs-samples/functions/slack/

Deploying the function

To deploy the function that is executed when you (or Slack) make an HTTP POST request to the function's endpoint, run the following command in the directory that contains the sample code (or the pom.xml file for Java):

Replace YOUR_SLACK_SIGNING_SECRET with the signing secret provided by Slack in the Basic information page of your app configuration, and YOUR_KG_API_KEY with the Knowledge Graph API Key you created previously.

Node.js

gcloud functions deploy kgSearch \
--runtime nodejs10 \
--trigger-http \
--set-env-vars "SLACK_SECRET=YOUR_SLACK_SIGNING_SECRET,KG_API_KEY=YOUR_KG_API_KEY" \
--allow-unauthenticated

Python

gcloud functions deploy kg_search \
--runtime python37 \
--trigger-http \
--set-env-vars "SLACK_SECRET=YOUR_SLACK_SIGNING_SECRET,KG_API_KEY=YOUR_KG_API_KEY" \
--allow-unauthenticated

Go

gcloud functions deploy KGSearch \
--runtime go111 \
--trigger-http \
--set-env-vars "SLACK_SECRET=YOUR_SLACK_SIGNING_SECRET,KG_API_KEY=YOUR_KG_API_KEY" \
--allow-unauthenticated
You can use the following values for the --runtime flag to specify your preferred Go version:
  • go111
  • go113

Java

gcloud functions deploy java-slack-function \
--entry-point functions.SlackSlashCommand \
--runtime java11 \
--memory 512MB \
--trigger-http \
--set-env-vars "SLACK_SECRET=YOUR_SLACK_SIGNING_SECRET,KG_API_KEY=YOUR_KG_API_KEY" \
--allow-unauthenticated

Configuring the application

After the function is deployed, you need to create a Slack Slash Command that sends the query to your Cloud Function every time the command is triggered:

  1. Create a Slack App to host your Slack Slash Command. Associate it with a Slack team where you have permissions to install integrations.

  2. Go to Slash commands and click the Create new command button.

  3. Enter /kg as the name of the command.

  4. Enter the URL for the command:

    Node.js

    https://YOUR_REGION-YOUR_PROJECT_ID.cloudfunctions.net/kgSearch

    Python

    https://YOUR_REGION-YOUR_PROJECT_ID.cloudfunctions.net/kg_search

    Go

    https://YOUR_REGION-YOUR_PROJECT_ID.cloudfunctions.net/KGSearch

    Java

    https://YOUR_REGION-YOUR_PROJECT_ID.cloudfunctions.net/java-slack-function

    where YOUR_REGION is the region where your Cloud Function is deployed and YOUR_PROJECT_ID is your Cloud project ID.

    Both values are visible in your terminal when your function finishes deploying.

  5. Click Save.

  6. Go to Basic Information.

  7. Click Install your app to your workspace and follow the instructions on screen to enable the application for your workspace.

    Your Slack Slash Command should come online shortly.

Understanding the code

Importing dependencies

The application must import several dependencies in order to communicate with Google Cloud Platform services:

Node.js

const {google} = require('googleapis');
const {verifyRequestSignature} = require('@slack/events-api');

// Get a reference to the Knowledge Graph Search component
const kgsearch = google.kgsearch('v1');

Python

import hashlib
import hmac
import os

from flask import jsonify
import googleapiclient.discovery


kgsearch = googleapiclient.discovery.build(
    'kgsearch',
    'v1',
    developerKey=os.environ['KG_API_KEY'],
    cache_discovery=False)

Go


package slack

import (
	"context"
	"log"
	"os"

	"google.golang.org/api/kgsearch/v1"
	"google.golang.org/api/option"
)

var (
	entitiesService *kgsearch.EntitiesService
	kgKey           string
	slackSecret     string
)

func setup(ctx context.Context) {
	kgKey = os.Getenv("KG_API_KEY")
	slackSecret = os.Getenv("SLACK_SECRET")

	if entitiesService == nil {
		kgService, err := kgsearch.NewService(ctx, option.WithAPIKey(kgKey))
		if err != nil {
			log.Fatalf("kgsearch.NewClient: %v", err)
		}
		entitiesService = kgsearch.NewEntitiesService(kgService)
	}
}

Java

private static final Logger logger = Logger.getLogger(SlackSlashCommand.class.getName());
private static final String API_KEY = getenv("KG_API_KEY");
private static final String SLACK_SECRET = getenv("SLACK_SECRET");
private static final Gson gson = new Gson();

private final String apiKey;
private final Kgsearch kgClient;
private final SlackSignature.Verifier verifier;

public SlackSlashCommand() throws IOException, GeneralSecurityException {
  this(new SlackSignature.Verifier(new SlackSignature.Generator(SLACK_SECRET)));
}

SlackSlashCommand(SlackSignature.Verifier verifier) throws IOException, GeneralSecurityException {
  this(verifier, API_KEY);
}

SlackSlashCommand(SlackSignature.Verifier verifier, String apiKey)
    throws IOException, GeneralSecurityException {
  this.verifier = verifier;
  this.apiKey = apiKey;
  this.kgClient = new Kgsearch.Builder(
      GoogleNetHttpTransport.newTrustedTransport(), new JacksonFactory(), null).build();
}

// Avoid ungraceful deployment failures due to unset environment variables.
// If you get this warning you should redeploy with the variable set.
private static String getenv(String name) {
  String value = System.getenv(name);
  if (value == null) {
    logger.warning("Environment variable " + name + " was not set");
    value = "MISSING";
  }
  return value;
}

Receiving the webhook

The following function is executed when you (or Slack) make an HTTP POST request to the function's endpoint:

Node.js

/**
 * Receive a Slash Command request from Slack.
 *
 * Trigger this function by creating a Slack slash command with this URL:
 * https://[YOUR_REGION]-[YOUR_PROJECT_ID].cloudfunctions.net/kgSearch
 *
 * @param {object} req Cloud Function request object.
 * @param {object} req.body The request payload.
 * @param {string} req.rawBody Raw request payload used to validate Slack's message signature.
 * @param {string} req.body.text The user's search query.
 * @param {object} res Cloud Function response object.
 */
exports.kgSearch = async (req, res) => {
  try {
    if (req.method !== 'POST') {
      const error = new Error('Only POST requests are accepted');
      error.code = 405;
      throw error;
    }

    // Verify that this request came from Slack
    verifyWebhook(req);

    // Make the request to the Knowledge Graph Search API
    const response = await makeSearchRequest(req.body.text);

    // Send the formatted message back to Slack
    res.json(response);

    return Promise.resolve();
  } catch (err) {
    console.error(err);
    res.status(err.code || 500).send(err);
    return Promise.reject(err);
  }
};

Python

def kg_search(request):
    if request.method != 'POST':
        return 'Only POST requests are accepted', 405

    verify_signature(request)
    kg_search_response = make_search_request(request.form['text'])
    return jsonify(kg_search_response)

Go


// Package slack is a Cloud Function which recieves a query from
// a Slack command and responds with the KG API result.
package slack

import (
	"bytes"
	"crypto/hmac"
	"crypto/sha256"
	"encoding/hex"
	"encoding/json"
	"fmt"
	"io/ioutil"
	"log"
	"net/http"
	"strconv"
	"strings"
	"time"
)

type oldTimeStampError struct {
	s string
}

func (e *oldTimeStampError) Error() string {
	return e.s
}

const (
	version                     = "v0"
	slackRequestTimestampHeader = "X-Slack-Request-Timestamp"
	slackSignatureHeader        = "X-Slack-Signature"
)

type attachment struct {
	Color     string `json:"color"`
	Title     string `json:"title"`
	TitleLink string `json:"title_link"`
	Text      string `json:"text"`
	ImageURL  string `json:"image_url"`
}

// Message is the a Slack message event.
// see https://api.slack.com/docs/message-formatting
type Message struct {
	ResponseType string       `json:"response_type"`
	Text         string       `json:"text"`
	Attachments  []attachment `json:"attachments"`
}

// KGSearch uses the Knowledge Graph API to search for a query provided
// by a Slack command.
func KGSearch(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
	setup(r.Context())

	bodyBytes, err := ioutil.ReadAll(r.Body)
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("Couldn't read request body: %v", err)
	}
	r.Body = ioutil.NopCloser(bytes.NewBuffer(bodyBytes))

	if r.Method != "POST" {
		http.Error(w, "Only POST requests are accepted", 405)
	}
	if err := r.ParseForm(); err != nil {
		http.Error(w, "Couldn't parse form", 400)
		log.Fatalf("ParseForm: %v", err)
	}

	// Reset r.Body as ParseForm depletes it by reading the io.ReadCloser.
	r.Body = ioutil.NopCloser(bytes.NewBuffer(bodyBytes))
	result, err := verifyWebHook(r, slackSecret)
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("verifyWebhook: %v", err)
	}
	if !result {
		log.Fatalf("signatures did not match.")
	}

	if len(r.Form["text"]) == 0 {
		log.Fatalf("empty text in form")
	}
	kgSearchResponse, err := makeSearchRequest(r.Form["text"][0])
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("makeSearchRequest: %v", err)
	}
	w.Header().Set("Content-Type", "application/json")
	if err = json.NewEncoder(w).Encode(kgSearchResponse); err != nil {
		log.Fatalf("json.Marshal: %v", err)
	}
}

Java

/**
 * Receive a Slash Command request from Slack.
 * @param request Cloud Function request object.
 * @param response Cloud Function response object.
 * @throws IOException if Knowledge Graph request fails
 */
@Override
public void service(HttpRequest request, HttpResponse response) throws IOException {

  // Validate request
  if (!"POST".equals(request.getMethod())) {
    response.setStatusCode(HttpURLConnection.HTTP_BAD_METHOD);
    return;
  }

  // reader can only be read once per request, so we preserve its contents
  String bodyString = request.getReader().lines().collect(Collectors.joining());
  JsonObject body = gson.fromJson(bodyString, JsonObject.class);

  if (body == null || !body.has("text")) {
    response.setStatusCode(HttpURLConnection.HTTP_BAD_REQUEST);
    return;
  }

  if (!isValidSlackWebhook(request, bodyString)) {
    response.setStatusCode(HttpURLConnection.HTTP_UNAUTHORIZED);
    return;
  }

  String query = body.get("text").getAsString();

  // Call knowledge graph API
  JsonObject kgResponse = searchKnowledgeGraph(query);

  // Format response to Slack
  // See https://api.slack.com/docs/message-formatting
  BufferedWriter writer = response.getWriter();
  writer.write(formatSlackMessage(kgResponse, query));
}

The following function authenticates the incoming request by verifying the X-Slack-Signature header provided by Slack:

Node.js

/**
 * Verify that the webhook request came from Slack.
 *
 * @param {object} req Cloud Function request object.
 * @param {string} req.headers Headers Slack SDK uses to authenticate request.
 * @param {string} req.rawBody Raw body of webhook request to check signature against.
 */
const verifyWebhook = (req) => {
  const signature = {
    signingSecret: process.env.SLACK_SECRET,
    requestSignature: req.headers['x-slack-signature'],
    requestTimestamp: req.headers['x-slack-request-timestamp'],
    body: req.rawBody,
  };

  if (!verifyRequestSignature(signature)) {
    const error = new Error('Invalid credentials');
    error.code = 401;
    throw error;
  }
};

Python

# Python 3+ version of https://github.com/slackapi/python-slack-events-api/blob/master/slackeventsapi/server.py
def verify_signature(request):
    timestamp = request.headers.get('X-Slack-Request-Timestamp', '')
    signature = request.headers.get('X-Slack-Signature', '')

    req = str.encode('v0:{}:'.format(timestamp)) + request.get_data()
    request_digest = hmac.new(
        str.encode(os.environ['SLACK_SECRET']),
        req, hashlib.sha256
    ).hexdigest()
    request_hash = 'v0={}'.format(request_digest)

    if not hmac.compare_digest(request_hash, signature):
        raise ValueError('Invalid request/credentials.')

Go


// verifyWebHook verifies the request signature.
// See https://api.slack.com/docs/verifying-requests-from-slack.
func verifyWebHook(r *http.Request, slackSigningSecret string) (bool, error) {
	timeStamp := r.Header.Get(slackRequestTimestampHeader)
	slackSignature := r.Header.Get(slackSignatureHeader)

	t, err := strconv.ParseInt(timeStamp, 10, 64)
	if err != nil {
		return false, fmt.Errorf("strconv.ParseInt(%s): %v", timeStamp, err)
	}

	if ageOk, age := checkTimestamp(t); !ageOk {
		return false, &oldTimeStampError{fmt.Sprintf("checkTimestamp(%v): %v %v", t, ageOk, age)}
		// return false, fmt.Errorf("checkTimestamp(%v): %v %v", t, ageOk, age)
	}

	if timeStamp == "" || slackSignature == "" {
		return false, fmt.Errorf("either timeStamp or signature headers were blank")
	}

	body, err := ioutil.ReadAll(r.Body)
	if err != nil {
		return false, fmt.Errorf("ioutil.ReadAll(%v): %v", r.Body, err)
	}

	// Reset the body so other calls won't fail.
	r.Body = ioutil.NopCloser(bytes.NewBuffer(body))

	baseString := fmt.Sprintf("%s:%s:%s", version, timeStamp, body)

	signature := getSignature([]byte(baseString), []byte(slackSigningSecret))

	trimmed := strings.TrimPrefix(slackSignature, fmt.Sprintf("%s=", version))
	signatureInHeader, err := hex.DecodeString(trimmed)

	if err != nil {
		return false, fmt.Errorf("hex.DecodeString(%v): %v", trimmed, err)
	}

	return hmac.Equal(signature, signatureInHeader), nil
}

func getSignature(base []byte, secret []byte) []byte {
	h := hmac.New(sha256.New, secret)
	h.Write(base)

	return h.Sum(nil)
}

// Arbitrarily trusting requests time stamped less than 5 minutes ago.
func checkTimestamp(timeStamp int64) (bool, time.Duration) {
	t := time.Since(time.Unix(timeStamp, 0))

	return t.Minutes() <= 5, t
}

Java

/**
 * Verify that the webhook request came from Slack.
 * @param request Cloud Function request object in {@link HttpRequest} format.
 * @param requestBody Raw body of webhook request to check signature against.
 * @return true if the provided request came from Slack, false otherwise
 */
boolean isValidSlackWebhook(HttpRequest request, String requestBody) {
  // Check for headers
  Optional<String> maybeTimestamp = request.getFirstHeader("X-Slack-Request-Timestamp");
  Optional<String> maybeSignature = request.getFirstHeader("X-Slack-Signature");
  if (!maybeTimestamp.isPresent() || !maybeSignature.isPresent()) {
    return false;
  }
  return verifier.isValid(maybeTimestamp.get(), requestBody, maybeSignature.get(), 1L);
}

Querying the Knowledge Graph API

The following function sends a request with the user's search query to the Knowledge Graph API:

Node.js

/**
 * Send the user's search query to the Knowledge Graph API.
 *
 * @param {string} query The user's search query.
 */
const makeSearchRequest = (query) => {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    kgsearch.entities.search(
      {
        auth: process.env.KG_API_KEY,
        query: query,
        limit: 1,
      },
      (err, response) => {
        console.log(err);
        if (err) {
          reject(err);
          return;
        }

        // Return a formatted message
        resolve(formatSlackMessage(query, response));
      }
    );
  });
};

Python

def make_search_request(query):
    req = kgsearch.entities().search(query=query, limit=1)
    res = req.execute()
    return format_slack_message(query, res)

Go

func makeSearchRequest(query string) (*Message, error) {
	res, err := entitiesService.Search().Query(query).Limit(1).Do()
	if err != nil {
		return nil, fmt.Errorf("Do: %v", err)
	}
	return formatSlackMessage(query, res)
}

Java

/**
 * Send the user's search query to the Knowledge Graph API.
 * @param query The user's search query.
 * @return The Knowledge graph API results as a {@link JsonObject}.
 * @throws IOException if Knowledge Graph request fails
 */
JsonObject searchKnowledgeGraph(String query) throws IOException {
  Kgsearch.Entities.Search kgRequest = kgClient.entities().search();
  kgRequest.setQuery(query);
  kgRequest.setKey(apiKey);

  return gson.fromJson(kgRequest.execute().toString(), JsonObject.class);
}

Formatting the Slack message

Finally, the following function formats the Knowledge Graph result into a richly formatted Slack message that will be displayed to the user:

Node.js

/**
 * Format the Knowledge Graph API response into a richly formatted Slack message.
 *
 * @param {string} query The user's search query.
 * @param {object} response The response from the Knowledge Graph API.
 * @returns {object} The formatted message.
 */
const formatSlackMessage = (query, response) => {
  let entity;

  // Extract the first entity from the result list, if any
  if (
    response &&
    response.data &&
    response.data.itemListElement &&
    response.data.itemListElement.length > 0
  ) {
    entity = response.data.itemListElement[0].result;
  }

  // Prepare a rich Slack message
  // See https://api.slack.com/docs/message-formatting
  const slackMessage = {
    response_type: 'in_channel',
    text: `Query: ${query}`,
    attachments: [],
  };

  if (entity) {
    const attachment = {
      color: '#3367d6',
    };
    if (entity.name) {
      attachment.title = entity.name;
      if (entity.description) {
        attachment.title = `${attachment.title}: ${entity.description}`;
      }
    }
    if (entity.detailedDescription) {
      if (entity.detailedDescription.url) {
        attachment.title_link = entity.detailedDescription.url;
      }
      if (entity.detailedDescription.articleBody) {
        attachment.text = entity.detailedDescription.articleBody;
      }
    }
    if (entity.image && entity.image.contentUrl) {
      attachment.image_url = entity.image.contentUrl;
    }
    slackMessage.attachments.push(attachment);
  } else {
    slackMessage.attachments.push({
      text: 'No results match your query...',
    });
  }

  return slackMessage;
};

Python

def format_slack_message(query, response):
    entity = None
    if response and response.get('itemListElement') is not None and \
       len(response['itemListElement']) > 0:
        entity = response['itemListElement'][0]['result']

    message = {
        'response_type': 'in_channel',
        'text': 'Query: {}'.format(query),
        'attachments': []
    }

    attachment = {}
    if entity:
        name = entity.get('name', '')
        description = entity.get('description', '')
        detailed_desc = entity.get('detailedDescription', {})
        url = detailed_desc.get('url')
        article = detailed_desc.get('articleBody')
        image_url = entity.get('image', {}).get('contentUrl')

        attachment['color'] = '#3367d6'
        if name and description:
            attachment['title'] = '{}: {}'.format(entity["name"],
                                                  entity["description"])
        elif name:
            attachment['title'] = name
        if url:
            attachment['title_link'] = url
        if article:
            attachment['text'] = article
        if image_url:
            attachment['image_url'] = image_url
    else:
        attachment['text'] = 'No results match your query.'
    message['attachments'].append(attachment)

    return message

Go


package slack

import (
	"fmt"

	"google.golang.org/api/kgsearch/v1"
)

func formatSlackMessage(query string, response *kgsearch.SearchResponse) (*Message, error) {
	if response == nil {
		return nil, fmt.Errorf("empty response")
	}

	if response.ItemListElement == nil || len(response.ItemListElement) == 0 {
		message := &Message{
			ResponseType: "in_channel",
			Text:         fmt.Sprintf("Query: %s", query),
			Attachments: []attachment{
				{
					Color: "#d6334b",
					Text:  "No results match your query.",
				},
			},
		}
		return message, nil
	}

	entity, ok := response.ItemListElement[0].(map[string]interface{})
	if !ok {
		return nil, fmt.Errorf("could not parse response entity")
	}
	result, ok := entity["result"].(map[string]interface{})
	if !ok {
		return nil, fmt.Errorf("error formatting response result")
	}

	attach := attachment{Color: "#3367d6"}
	if name, ok := result["name"].(string); ok {
		if description, ok := result["description"].(string); ok {
			attach.Title = fmt.Sprintf("%s: %s", name, description)
		} else {
			attach.Title = name
		}
	}
	if detailedDesc, ok := result["detailedDescription"].(map[string]interface{}); ok {
		if url, ok := detailedDesc["url"].(string); ok {
			attach.TitleLink = url
		}
		if article, ok := detailedDesc["articleBody"].(string); ok {
			attach.Text = article
		}
	}
	if image, ok := result["image"].(map[string]interface{}); ok {
		if imageURL, ok := image["contentUrl"].(string); ok {
			attach.ImageURL = imageURL
		}
	}

	message := &Message{
		ResponseType: "in_channel",
		Text:         fmt.Sprintf("Query: %s", query),
		Attachments:  []attachment{attach},
	}
	return message, nil
}

Java

/**
 * Helper method to copy properties between {@link JsonObject}s
 */
void addPropertyIfPresent(
    JsonObject target, String targetName, JsonObject source, String sourceName) {
  if (source.has(sourceName)) {
    target.addProperty(targetName, source.get(sourceName).getAsString());
  }
}

/**
 * Format the Knowledge Graph API response into a richly formatted Slack message.
 * @param kgResponse The response from the Knowledge Graph API as a {@link JsonObject}.
 * @param query The user's search query.
 * @return The formatted Slack message as a JSON string.
 */
String formatSlackMessage(JsonObject kgResponse, String query) {
  JsonObject attachmentJson = new JsonObject();

  JsonObject responseJson = new JsonObject();
  responseJson.addProperty("response_type", "in_channel");
  responseJson.addProperty("text", String.format("Query: %s", query));

  JsonArray entityList = kgResponse.getAsJsonArray("itemListElement");

  // Extract the first entity from the result list, if any
  if (entityList.size() == 0) {
    attachmentJson.addProperty("text","No results match your query...");
    responseJson.add("attachments", attachmentJson);

    return gson.toJson(responseJson);
  }

  JsonObject entity = entityList.get(0).getAsJsonObject().getAsJsonObject("result");

  // Construct Knowledge Graph response attachment
  String title = entity.get("name").getAsString();
  if (entity.has("description")) {
    title = String.format("%s: %s", title, entity.get("description").getAsString());
  }
  attachmentJson.addProperty("title", title);

  if (entity.has("detailedDescription")) {
    JsonObject detailedDescJson = entity.getAsJsonObject("detailedDescription");
    addPropertyIfPresent(attachmentJson, "title_link", detailedDescJson, "url");
    addPropertyIfPresent(attachmentJson, "text", detailedDescJson, "articleBody");
  }

  if (entity.has("image")) {
    JsonObject imageJson = entity.getAsJsonObject("image");
    addPropertyIfPresent(attachmentJson, "image_url", imageJson, "contentUrl");
  }

  responseJson.add("attachments", attachmentJson);

  return gson.toJson(responseJson);
}

Slack API timeouts

The Slack API expects your function to respond within 3 seconds of receiving a webhook request.

The commands in this tutorial typically take less than 3 seconds to respond. For longer-running commands, we recommend configuring a function to push requests (including their response_url) to a Pub/Sub topic that acts as a task queue.

Then, you can create a second function triggered by Pub/Sub that processes those tasks and sends results back to Slack's response_url.

Using the Slash command

  1. Type the command into your Slack channel:

    /kg giraffe
  2. Watch the logs to be sure the executions have completed:

    gcloud functions logs read --limit 100
    

Cleaning up

To avoid incurring charges to your Google Cloud Platform account for the resources used in this tutorial:

Deleting the project

The easiest way to eliminate billing is to delete the project that you created for the tutorial.

To delete the project:

  1. In the Cloud Console, go to the Manage resources page.

    Go to the Manage resources page

  2. In the project list, select the project that you want to delete and then click Delete .
  3. In the dialog, type the project ID and then click Shut down to delete the project.

Deleting the Cloud Function

To delete the Cloud Function you deployed in this tutorial, run the following command:

Node.js

gcloud functions delete kgSearch 

Python

gcloud functions delete kg_search 

Go

gcloud functions delete KGSearch 

Java

gcloud functions delete java-slack-function 

You can also delete Cloud Functions from the Google Cloud Console.