Debian GNU/Linux / Raspbian

Debian GNU/Linux distribution and some derivatives such as Raspbian already have included Salt packages to their repositories. However, current stable Debian release contains old outdated Salt releases. It is recommended to use SaltStack repository for Debian as described below.

Installation from official Debian and Raspbian repositories is described here.

Installation from the Official SaltStack Repository

Packages for Debian 9 (Stretch) and Debian 8 (Jessie) are available in the Official SaltStack repository.

Instructions are at


Regular security support for Debian 7 ended on April 25th 2016. As a result, 2016.3.1 and 2015.8.10 will be the last Salt releases for which Debian 7 packages are created.

Installation from the Debian / Raspbian Official Repository

The Debian distributions contain mostly old Salt packages built by the Debian Salt Team. You can install Salt components directly from Debian but it is recommended to use the instructions above for the packages from the official Salt repository.

On Jessie there is an option to install Salt minion from Stretch with python-tornado dependency from jessie-backports repositories.

To install fresh release of Salt minion on Jessie:

  1. Add jessie-backports and stretch repositories:


    echo 'deb jessie-backports main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    echo 'deb stretch main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list


    echo 'deb stretch main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. Make Jessie a default release:

    echo 'APT::Default-Release "jessie";' > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10apt
  3. Install Salt dependencies:


    apt-get update
    apt-get install python-zmq python-systemd/jessie-backports python-tornado/jessie-backports salt-common/stretch


    apt-get update
    apt-get install python-zmq python-tornado/stretch salt-common/stretch
  4. Install Salt minion package from Latest Debian Release:

    apt-get install salt-minion/stretch

Install Packages

Install the Salt master, minion or other packages from the repository with the apt-get command. These examples each install one of Salt components, but more than one package name may be given at a time:

  • apt-get install salt-api
  • apt-get install salt-cloud
  • apt-get install salt-master
  • apt-get install salt-minion
  • apt-get install salt-ssh
  • apt-get install salt-syndic

Post-installation tasks

Now, go to the Configuring Salt page.