You can already send data to Slack on a set schedule with Pulses, but what about when you need an answer right now? Say hello to MetaBot.
MetaBot helps add context to conversations you’re having in Slack by letting you insert results from Metabase.
To use MetaBot with Slack you’ll first need to connect Metabase to your Slack with an API token.
See Setting up Slack for more information.
MetaBot can show individual questions and also lists of questions that have already been asked in Metabase.
If you ever need help remembering what MetaBot can do, just type
metabot help in Slack.
You can talk to MetaBot in any Slack channel, including private ones, as long as you’ve invited the MetaBot Slack user to that channel.
To see a question from Metabase in Slack type
metabot show [question name] where
question name is the title of one of your saved questions. If you have several similarly named questions, Metabot will ask you to differentiate between the two by typing the number next to the name.
That number is the ID number of the question in Metabase, and if you find yourself using the same question over and over again you can save a bit of time by typing “MetaBot show 19.”
If you don’t have a sense of which questions you want to view in Slack, you can type
MetaBot list to get a list of the most recently saved questions in your Metabase.
metabot show <question-id>
metabot show <search-term>
metabot helplets you see everything MetaBot can do if you forget or need more information
Sometimes you’ll need help understanding what data is available to you and what it means. Metabase provides a way for your administrators and data experts to build a data model reference to help you make sense of your data.