Salt currently has experimental support for Salt Minions on Windows.

There are no plans for the forseeable future to develop a Salt Master on Windows. For now you must run your Salt Master on a supported operating system to control your Salt Minions on Windows.

Many of the standard Salt modules have been ported to work on Windows and many of the Salt States currently work on Windows, as well.

Installation from source

Work is under way to create a Windows installer for Salt, but for now one must install each dependency separately and configure Salt to run on your Windows host.

Rather than send you on a wild goose chase across the internet, we've collected some of the more difficult to find installers in our github repo for you.

Install on Windows XP 32bit

  1. Install msysgit
    1. Clone the Salt git repository from github
git clone git://
  1. Install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Express with the web installer. Or download a full iso with the installer . You must use Visual Studio 2008 Express, not Visual Studio 2010 Express.
  2. Install Python 2.7.x
  3. Add c:\Python27 to your system path
  4. Install the Microsoft Visuall C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable, vcredist_x86.
  5. Install Win32OpenSSL-1_0_0e.exe
    1. Choose first option to install in Windows system directory
  6. Install pyzmq-2.1.11.win32-py2.7.msi
  7. Install M2Crypto-0.21.1.win32-py2.7.msi
  8. Install pycrypto-2.3.win32-py2.7.msi
  9. Install PyYAML-3.10.win32-py2.7.msi
  10. Install Cython-0.15.1.win32-py2.79.exe
  11. Download and run
  1. Download and run pip
  1. Add c:\python27\scripts to your path
  2. Close terminal window and open a new terminal window (cmd)
  3. Install jinja2
pip install jinja2
  1. Install Messagepack
pip install msgpack-python
  1. Install Salt
cd ./salt
python install
  1. Edit c:\etc\salt\minon
master: ipaddress or hostname of your salt-master
master_port: 4506
root_dir: c:\
pki_dir: /etc/salt/pki
cachedir: /var/cache/salt
renderer: yaml_jinja
open_mode: False
multiprocessing: False
  1. Start the salt-minion
cd c:\python27\scripts
python salt-minion
  1. On the salt-master accept the new minion's key
sudo salt-key -A

(This accepts all unaccepted keys. If you're concerned about security just accept the key for this specific minion)
  1. Test that your minion is responding

    1. On the salt-master run:
sudo salt '*'

You should get the following response: {'your minion hostname': True}

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