Disabling Slack updates in v4.0+!

Tucked into the release notes on today’s standalone download of Slack is a particularly awesome nugget that many of us have been yelling about for a long time:

Damn right we know what that means.

Long story short, the com.tinyspeck.slackmacgap preferences domain now respects a boolean (true/false) value called SlackNoAutoUpdates instead of requiring admins to set an environmental variable. Note that this functions slightly the opposite of what you might initially expect because the preference itself is worded and used as a negative value – setting it to true (yes) disables auto-updates. You can test this with the following in your terminal:

defaults write com.tinyspeck.slackmacgap SlackNoAutoUpdates -bool YES

Should you want to manage this with a configuration profile (AND WHO WOULDN’T?!) you can find an example one below.


  1. william quan said…

    hmm are we supposed to change line 41? i copied as is and deployed as a package and i still get prompted for updates

  2. Ernesto Sanchez said…

    Should you run it from as the user or su admin and run it as sudo?

    • said…

      Nope – it should work as-is from there. If you’re having trouble I’d come to #slackatwork on the MacAdmins slack channel and ask there.

  3. Techie said…

    Is there an option to disable auto updates on Windows 10?

    • said…

      I’m not sure – that’s a good question for Slack support chat.

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