Platform agnostic installation (pip)#

The Salt Project provides a public repository for packages at the Salt Project Package Repo.

The preferred method for installing Salt is using distribution packages. This method ensures that:

  • All dependencies are met.
  • Salt is installed in a tested and distribution-aligned way.


Salt is often distributed in split packages, but only the salt-master and salt-minion packages are required for Salt to function.

About platform agonistic installation#

Salt can be installed in a platform-agnostic way using the Python package installer pip from

You can use pip to install other packages that will complement your Salt code.

A benefit of using pip is the ability to install Salt in Python virtual environments and Conda environments.


If you pip install a library using the salt-pip install method, the Python package installs into the onedir file location. Any scripts installed by the Python library will not be accessible from the usual system Python paths. Scripts installed by the Python library need to be called directly using the full path to the command.

Install Salt using pip#

  1. Install package:

    pip3 install salt


    You can use pip and pip3 interchangeably, depending on the platform’s support for Python 3.