Get all channels


Get all channels that the user has access to.

Usage examples

#!/usr/bin/env python3

import zulip

# Pass the path to your zuliprc file here.
client = zulip.Client(config_file="~/zuliprc")

# Get all channels that the user has access to.
result = client.get_streams()
# You may pass in one or more of the query parameters mentioned above
# as keyword arguments, like so:
result = client.get_streams(include_public=False)

More examples and documentation can be found here.

const zulipInit = require("zulip-js");

// Pass the path to your zuliprc file here.
const config = { zuliprc: "zuliprc" };

(async () => {
    const client = await zulipInit(config);

    // Get all channels that the user has access to
    console.log(await client.streams.retrieve());

curl -sSX GET -G \

You may pass in one or more of the parameters mentioned below as URL query parameters, like so:

curl -sSX GET -G \
    --data-urlencode include_public=false


include_public boolean optional

Example: false

Include all public channels.

Defaults to true.

include_web_public boolean optional

Example: true

Include all web-public channels.

Defaults to false.

include_subscribed boolean optional

Example: false

Include all channels that the user is subscribed to.

Defaults to true.

include_all_active boolean optional

Example: true

Include all active channels. The user must have administrative privileges to use this parameter.

Defaults to false.

include_default boolean optional

Example: true

Include all default channels for the user's realm.

Defaults to false.

include_owner_subscribed boolean optional

Example: true

If the user is a bot, include all channels that the bot's owner is subscribed to.

Defaults to false.


Return values

  • streams: (object)[]

    A list of channel objects with details on the requested channels.

    • stream_id: integer

      The unique ID of the channel.

    • name: string

      The name of the channel.

    • description: string

      The short description of the channel in text/markdown format, intended to be used to prepopulate UI for editing a channel's description.

    • date_created: integer

      The UNIX timestamp for when the channel was created, in UTC seconds.

      Changes: New in Zulip 4.0 (feature level 30).

    • creator_id: integer | null

      The ID of the user who created this channel.

      A null value means the channel has no recorded creator, which is often because the channel is very old, or because it was created via a data import tool or management command.

      Changes: New in Zulip 9.0 (feature level 254).

    • invite_only: boolean

      Specifies whether the channel is private or not. Only people who have been invited can access a private channel.

    • rendered_description: string

      The short description of the channel rendered as HTML, intended to be used when displaying the channel description in a UI.

      One should use the standard Zulip rendered_markdown CSS when displaying this content so that emoji, LaTeX, and other syntax work correctly. And any client-side security logic for user-generated message content should be applied when displaying this HTML as though it were the body of a Zulip message.

    • is_web_public: boolean

      Whether the channel has been configured to allow unauthenticated access to its message history from the web.

      Changes: New in Zulip 2.1.0.

    • stream_post_policy: integer

      Policy for which users can post messages to the channel.

      • 1 = Any user can post.
      • 2 = Only administrators can post.
      • 3 = Only full members can post.
      • 4 = Only moderators can post.

      Changes: New in Zulip 3.0 (feature level 1), replacing the previous is_announcement_only boolean.

    • message_retention_days: integer | null

      Number of days that messages sent to this channel will be stored before being automatically deleted by the message retention policy. There are two special values:

      • null, the default, means the channel will inherit the organization level setting.
      • -1 encodes retaining messages in this channel forever.

      Changes: New in Zulip 3.0 (feature level 17).

    • history_public_to_subscribers: boolean

      Whether the history of the channel is public to its subscribers.

      Currently always true for public channels (i.e. "invite_only": false implies "history_public_to_subscribers": true), but clients should not make that assumption, as we may change that behavior in the future.

    • first_message_id: integer | null

      The ID of the first message in the channel.

      Intended to help clients determine whether they need to display UI like the "show all topics" widget that would suggest the channel has older history that can be accessed.

      Is null for channels with no message history.

      Changes: New in Zulip 2.1.0.

    • is_announcement_only: boolean

      Whether the given channel is announcement only or not.

      Changes: Deprecated in Zulip 3.0 (feature level 1). Clients should use stream_post_policy instead.

    • can_remove_subscribers_group: integer

      ID of the user group whose members are allowed to unsubscribe others from the channel.

      Changes: Before Zulip 8.0 (feature level 197), the can_remove_subscribers_group setting was named can_remove_subscribers_group_id.

      New in Zulip 6.0 (feature level 142).

    • stream_weekly_traffic: integer | null

      The average number of messages sent to the channel per week, as estimated based on recent weeks, rounded to the nearest integer.

      If null, no information is provided on the average traffic. This can be because the channel was recently created and there is insufficient data to make an estimate, or because the server wishes to omit this information for this client, this realm, or this endpoint or type of event.

      Changes: New in Zulip 8.0 (feature level 199). Previously, this statistic was available only in subscription objects.

    • is_default: boolean

      Only present when include_default parameter is true.

      Whether the given channel is a default channel.

Example response(s)

Changes: As of Zulip 7.0 (feature level 167), if any parameters sent in the request are not supported by this endpoint, a successful JSON response will include an ignored_parameters_unsupported array.

A typical successful JSON response may look like:

    "msg": "",
    "result": "success",
    "streams": [
            "can_remove_subscribers_group": 10,
            "creator_id": null,
            "date_created": 1691057093,
            "description": "A private channel",
            "first_message_id": 18,
            "history_public_to_subscribers": false,
            "invite_only": true,
            "is_announcement_only": false,
            "is_default": false,
            "is_web_public": false,
            "message_retention_days": null,
            "name": "management",
            "rendered_description": "<p>A private channel</p>",
            "stream_id": 2,
            "stream_post_policy": 1,
            "stream_weekly_traffic": null
            "can_remove_subscribers_group": 9,
            "creator_id": 12,
            "date_created": 1691057093,
            "description": "A default public channel",
            "first_message_id": 21,
            "history_public_to_subscribers": true,
            "invite_only": false,
            "is_announcement_only": false,
            "is_default": true,
            "is_web_public": false,
            "message_retention_days": null,
            "name": "welcome",
            "rendered_description": "<p>A default public channel</p>",
            "stream_id": 1,
            "stream_post_policy": 1,
            "stream_weekly_traffic": null

An example JSON response for when the user is not authorized to use the include_all_active parameter (i.e. because they are not an organization administrator):

    "code": "BAD_REQUEST",
    "msg": "User not authorized for this query",
    "result": "error"