Installing/Testing a Salt Release Candidate

It's time for a new feature release of Salt! Follow the instructions below to install the latest release candidate of Salt, and try all the shiny new features! Be sure to report any bugs you find on Github.

Installing Using Packages

Builds for a few platforms are available as part of the RC at


For RHEL and Ubuntu, Follow the instructions on, but insert salt_rc/ into the URL between the hostname and the remainder of the path. For example:

deb jessie main

Available builds:

  • Ubuntu16
  • Redhat7
  • Windows

Installing Using Bootstrap

You can install a release candidate of Salt using Salt Bootstrap:

curl -o -L
sudo sh -P git v2017.7.0rc1

If you want to also install a master using Salt Bootstrap, use the -M flag:

curl -o -L
sudo sh -P -M git v2017.7.0rc1

If you want to install only a master and not a minion using Salt Bootstrap, use the -M and -N flags:

curl -o -L
sudo sh -P -M -N git v2017.7.0rc1

Installing Using PyPI

Installing from the source archive on PyPI is fairly straightforward.


On RHEL derivatives you also need to install the epel-release package first.

sudo yum install epel-release

First install the build dependencies.

  • Debian-based systems:

    sudo apt-get install python-pip python-dev gcc g++
  • RedHat-based systems:

    sudo yum install python-pip python-devel gcc gcc-c++
  • other systems:

    You will need to install:

    • pip
    • python header libraries
    • C and C++ compilers

Then install salt using the following command:

sudo pip install salt==2017.7.0rc1