Salt Event System

The Salt Event System is used to fire off events enabling third party applications or external processes to react to behavior within Salt.

The event system is comprised of a two primary components:

  • The event sockets which publishes events.
  • The event library which can listen to events and send events into the salt system.

Listening for Events

Salt's Event Bus is used heavily within Salt and it is also written to integrate heavily with existing tooling and scripts. There is a variety of ways to consume it.

From the CLI

The quickest way to watch the event bus is by calling the state.event runner:

salt-run state.event pretty=True

That runner is designed to interact with the event bus from external tools and shell scripts. See the documentation for more examples.

Remotely via the REST API

Salt's event bus can be consumed as an HTTP stream from external tools or services.

curl -SsNk

From Python

Python scripts can access the event bus only as the same system user that Salt is running as.

The event system is accessed via the event library and can only be accessed by the same system user that Salt is running as. To listen to events a SaltEvent object needs to be created and then the get_event function needs to be run. The SaltEvent object needs to know the location that the Salt Unix sockets are kept. In the configuration this is the sock_dir option. The sock_dir option defaults to "/var/run/salt/master" on most systems.

The following code will check for a single event:

import salt.config
import salt.utils.event

opts = salt.config.client_config('/etc/salt/master')

event = salt.utils.event.get_event(

data = event.get_event()

Events will also use a "tag". Tags allow for events to be filtered by prefix. By default all events will be returned. If only authentication events are desired, then pass the tag "salt/auth".

The get_event method has a default poll time assigned of 5 seconds. To change this time set the "wait" option.

The following example will only listen for auth events and will wait for 10 seconds instead of the default 5.

data = event.get_event(wait=10, tag='salt/auth')

To retrieve the tag as well as the event data, pass full=True:

evdata = event.get_event(wait=10, tag='salt/job', full=True)

tag, data = evdata['tag'], evdata['data']

Instead of looking for a single event, the iter_events method can be used to make a generator which will continually yield salt events.

The iter_events method also accepts a tag but not a wait time:

for data in event.iter_events(tag='salt/auth'):

And finally event tags can be globbed, such as they can be in the Reactor, using the fnmatch library.

import fnmatch

import salt.config
import salt.utils.event

opts = salt.config.client_config('/etc/salt/master')

sevent = salt.utils.event.get_event(

while True:
    ret = sevent.get_event(full=True)
    if ret is None:

    if fnmatch.fnmatch(ret['tag'], 'salt/job/*/ret/*'):

Firing Events

It is possible to fire events on either the minion's local bus or to fire events intended for the master.

To fire a local event from the minion on the command line call the execution function:

salt-call '{"data": "message to be sent in the event"}' 'tag'

To fire an event to be sent up to the master from the minion call the event.send execution function. Remember YAML can be used at the CLI in function arguments:

salt-call event.send 'myco/mytag/success' '{success: True, message: "It works!"}'

If a process is listening on the minion, it may be useful for a user on the master to fire an event to it:

# Job on minion
import salt.utils.event

event = salt.utils.event.MinionEvent(**__opts__)

for evdata in event.iter_events(tag='customtag/'):
    return evdata # do your processing here...
salt minionname '{"data": "message for the minion"}' 'customtag/african/unladen'

Firing Events from Python

From Salt execution modules

Events can be very useful when writing execution modules, in order to inform various processes on the master when a certain task has taken place. This is easily done using the normal cross-calling syntax:

# /srv/salt/_modules/

def do_something():
    Do something and fire an event to the master when finished

    CLI Example::

        salt '*' my_custom_module:do_something
    # do something!
    __salt__['event.send']('myco/my_custom_module/finished', {
        'finished': True,
        'message': "The something is finished!",

From Custom Python Scripts

Firing events from custom Python code is quite simple and mirrors how it is done at the CLI:

import salt.client

caller = salt.client.Caller()

        'success': True,
        'message': "It works!",