Manage the Windows System PATH

Note that not all Windows applications will rehash the PATH environment variable, Only the ones that listen to the WM_SETTINGCHANGE message

salt.modules.win_path.add(path, index=0)

Add the directory to the SYSTEM path in the index location

Returns:boolean True if successful, False if unsuccessful

CLI Example:

# Will add to the beginning of the path
salt '*' win_path.add 'c:\python27' 0

# Will add to the end of the path
salt '*' win_path.add 'c:\python27' index='-1'

Check if the directory is configured in the SYSTEM path Case-insensitive and ignores trailing backslash

Returns:boolean True if path exists, False if not

CLI Example:

salt '*' win_path.exists 'c:\python27'
salt '*' win_path.exists 'c:\python27\'
salt '*' win_path.exists 'C:\pyThon27'

Returns a list of items in the SYSTEM path

CLI Example:

salt '*' win_path.get_path

Send a WM_SETTINGCHANGE Broadcast to Windows to refresh the Environment variables for new processes.


This will only affect new processes that aren't launched by services. To apply changes to the path to services, the host must be restarted. The salt-minion, if running as a service, will not see changes to the environment until the system is restarted. See MSDN Documentation

CLI Example:

... code-block:: bash

salt '*' win_path.rehash

Remove the directory from the SYSTEM path

Returns:boolean True if successful, False if unsuccessful

CLI Example:

# Will remove C:\Python27 from the path
salt '*' win_path.remove 'c:\\python27'