SLS Template Variable Reference

The template engines available to sls files and file templates come loaded with a number of context variables. These variables contain information and functions to assist in the generation of templates. See each variable below for its availability -- not all variables are available in all templating contexts.


The salt variable is available to abstract the salt library functions. This variable is a python dictionary containing all of the functions available to the running salt minion. It is available in all salt templates.

{% for file in salt['']('ls -1 /opt/to_remove').splitlines() %}
/opt/to_remove/{{ file }}:
{% endfor %}


The opts variable abstracts the contents of the minion's configuration file directly to the template. The opts variable is a dictionary. It is available in all templates.

{{ opts['cachedir'] }}

The config.get function also searches for values in the opts dictionary.


The pillar dictionary can be referenced directly, and is available in all templates:

{{ pillar['key'] }}

Using the pillar.get function via the salt variable is generally recommended since a default can be safely set in the event that the value is not available in pillar and dictionaries can be traversed directly:

{{ salt['pillar.get']('key', 'failover_value') }}
{{ salt['pillar.get']('stuff:more:deeper') }}


The grains dictionary makes the minion's grains directly available, and is available in all templates:

{{ grains['os'] }}

The grains.get function can be used to traverse deeper grains and set defaults:

{{ salt['grains.get']('os') }}


The saltenv variable is available in only in sls files when gathering the sls from an environment.

{{ saltenv }}


The sls variable contains the sls reference value, and is only available in the actual SLS file (not in any files referenced in that SLS). The sls reference value is the value used to include the sls in top files or via the include option.

{{ sls }}


The slspath variable contains the path to the directory of the current sls file. The value of slspath in files referenced in the current sls depends on the reference method. For jinja includes slspath is the path to the current directory of the file. For salt includes slspath is the path to the directory of the included file.

{{ slspath }}