Salt, a new approach to infrastructure management, is easy enough to get running in minutes, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to communicate with those servers in seconds.

Salt delivers a dynamic communication bus for infrastructures that can be used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.

Get Started

The Get Started Guide shows you how to:

  • Install and configure SaltStack
  • Remotely execute commands across all managed systems
  • Design, develop, and deploy system configurations

If you just want to get Salt installed and start using it, Salt in 10 minutes gets you up and running quickly.

Install Salt

Latest Stable Release: /topics/releases/2016.3.0-684-gad4f903

The installation document, found in the following link, outlines where to obtain packages and installation specifics for platforms:

The Salt Bootstrap project, found in the following repository, is a single shell script, which automates the install correctly on multiple platforms:

Demo Environments

You can download one of the following Vagrant projects to quickly set up a Salt demo environment:

Example Formulas

A Github repo that contains a number of community-maintained formulas is available at Contributions are welcome!

A Github repo that contains formulas to install a number of Windows applications is available at Note that Salt makes this repo available to your Windows minions, and contributions are welcome!

Mailing List

Join the salt-users mailing list. It is the best place to ask questions about Salt and see whats going on with Salt development! The Salt mailing list is hosted by Google Groups. It is open to new members.!forum/salt-users

There is also a low-traffic list used to announce new releases called salt-announce!forum/salt-announce


The #salt IRC channel is hosted on the popular Freenode network. You can use the Freenode webchat client right from your browser.

Logs of the IRC channel activity are being collected courtesy of Moritz Lenz.

If you wish to discuss the development of Salt itself join us in #salt-devel.

Follow on GitHub

The Salt code is developed via GitHub. Follow Salt for constant updates on what is happening in Salt development:

Hack the Source

If you want to get involved with the development of source code or the documentation efforts, please review the Developing Salt Tutorial.