Debian Salt Packages

This server contains packages for Debian Squeeze, Wheezy, Jessie, Sid and Ubuntu Lucid.

These packages are built using git-buildpackage from the released .tar.gz files and include a number of distro and release specific patches. The git repo that contains the source packages is at Each dsitro/release is on a separate branch.

For squeeze, you will need to enable the debian backports repository as well as the repository. To do so, add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list or a file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d:

deb squeeze-saltstack main
deb squeeze-backports main contrib non-free
For lucid, the following line is needed:
deb lucid-saltstack main
For wheezy, the following line is needed:
deb wheezy-saltstack main
For jessie, the following line is needed:
deb jessie-saltstack main
For sid, the following line is needed:
deb unstable main

The packages have been signed with a key available from

This can be imported with:

wget -O -|apt-key add -

Release Streams

To provide certainty and stability, I am keeping each release stream separate in the archive. This means that if you wish to only receive bug fix releases and no new feature releases, put "-016", "-017" or "-2014-01" after the wheezy-saltstack or squeeze-saltstack in the "deb" line in sources.conf. As an example, the following will receive packages for wheezy for only the 0.16.x stream:
deb wheezy-saltstack-016 main
Similarly, the following line will receive packages for the 0.17.x stream for squeeze (please note you will also need backports to be added):
deb squeeze-saltstack-017 main
If you do not add any release suffix, then you will always receive the most recent release.

Available streams

The following streams are available:

Previous Releases

salt 0.16.4

Salt 0.16.4 is still available in the archive for squeeze and wheezy. To access it, add "-016" onto the end of the distribution field in the "deb" line. As an example:
deb wheezy-saltstack-016 main
deb squeeze-saltstack-016 main


  1. These packages will be backported from the packages in debian unstable. This means that the packages will be uploaded to unstable first and then backported over the next day or so.
  2. These packages will be tracking the released versions of salt rather than maintaining a stable fixed feature set. If a fixed version is what you desire, then either pinning or manual installation may be more appropriate for you.
  3. The version numbering and backporting process should provide clean upgrade paths between debian versions.

If you have any questions regarding these, please email the mailing list or look for me on irc as joehh.

Joe Healy