Slack Webhook Message from Spring Boot

Upasana | September 13, 2020 | 2 min read | 0 views

In this tutorial we will learn how to send slack messages using webhook from a Spring Boot 2 application.

Gradle setup

We will create a Spring Boot 2 project with the following Gradle configuration.

plugins {
    id 'org.springframework.boot' version '2.3.3.RELEASE'
    id 'io.spring.dependency-management' version '1.0.10.RELEASE'
    id 'java'

group = 'com.carvia'
version = '0.0.1-SNAPSHOT'
sourceCompatibility = '11'

repositories {

dependencies {
    implementation 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter-web'
    implementation 'org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter-webflux'
    testImplementation('org.springframework.boot:spring-boot-starter-test') {
        exclude group: 'org.junit.vintage', module: 'junit-vintage-engine'
    testImplementation 'io.projectreactor:reactor-test'

test {

Slack Setup

You need to create a slack app and create a webhook credentials, we need the webhook URL to proceed with the rest of example.

Calling Slack Webhook API

Slack WebHook needs the following payload:
public class SlackPayload {
    private String text;

    //Getter, Setter and Constructor left for brevity

Now we will use RestTemplate (or WebClient preferably) for calling the webhook endpoint with required payload:
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.boot.web.client.RestTemplateBuilder;
import org.springframework.http.*;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;
import org.springframework.web.client.RestTemplate;
import org.springframework.web.reactive.function.client.WebClient;

public class SlackClient {

    private final WebClient webClient;
    private final RestTemplate restTemplate;

    public SlackClient(WebClient.Builder webClientBuilder, RestTemplateBuilder restTemplateBuilder) {
        this.webClient =;
        this.restTemplate =;

    public String sendMessage(String text) {
                .bodyValue(new SlackPayload(text))

    public String sendMessageOld(String text) {
        HttpHeaders headers = new HttpHeaders();
    //        JsonObject obj = new JsonObject();
    //        obj.addProperty("text", text);
        SlackPayload payload = new SlackPayload(text);
        HttpEntity<SlackPayload> request = new HttpEntity<>(payload, headers);
        final ResponseEntity<String> entity ="", HttpMethod.POST, request, String.class);
        if(entity.getStatusCode().is2xxSuccessful()) {
            return entity.getBody();
        return null;

That’s all for now.

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