How To Make A Read Only Channel In Discord

Discord is a great platform for communication and collaboration, whether it’s for gaming communities or professional groups. One useful feature of Discord is the ability to create read-only channels, where only certain members have the ability to send messages. In this article, I will guide you through the steps of creating a read-only channel in Discord, sharing some personal tips and insights along the way.

Step 1: Setting up the Server

First things first, you need to have a server set up in Discord. If you don’t already have one, you can easily create a new server by clicking on the plus icon on the left-hand sidebar and selecting “Create a Server.” Give your server a name and invite your friends or colleagues to join.

Step 2: Creating a Channel

Once you have your server set up, it’s time to create a new channel. Right-click on your server’s name in the left sidebar and select “Create Channel.” Choose a name for your channel and select the appropriate category. For a read-only channel, it’s best to choose the “Text Channel” option.

Step 3: Adjusting Permissions

Now that you have created your read-only channel, you need to adjust the permissions to make it read-only. To do this, right-click on the channel you just created and select “Edit Channel.” In the “Permissions” section, you will see a list of roles and members with their corresponding permissions.

If you want to make the entire channel read-only, you can simply remove the “Send Messages” permission for all roles and members. To do this, click on the “+” icon next to the role or member name and uncheck the “Send Messages” permission.

Alternatively, if you only want to allow certain roles or members to send messages, you can keep the “Send Messages” permission enabled for those specific roles or members, and remove it for everyone else. This gives you more control over who can send messages in the channel.

Step 4: Testing the Read-Only Channel

Once you have adjusted the permissions, it’s time to test your newly created read-only channel. Switch to a different role or member account that does not have the “Send Messages” permission for the channel. Try sending a message in the read-only channel and see if it goes through. If everything is set up correctly, you should not be able to send any messages in the channel.

It’s worth noting that read-only channels in Discord are not completely foolproof. Users with administrative or moderation roles will still be able to send messages, regardless of the channel’s permissions. So, make sure to carefully assign roles and permissions to avoid any potential misuse.


Creating a read-only channel in Discord is a straightforward process that can be extremely useful in various situations. Whether you want to create an announcement channel or provide a space for important updates, read-only channels allow you to control the flow of information and ensure that only designated members have the ability to send messages.

Remember to regularly review and adjust your server’s permissions to maintain the desired level of access and security. With a little bit of planning and configuration, you can create a read-only channel that perfectly suits the needs of your community or group.