List connected minions

$ salt '*'

Execute a highstate on all connected minions

$ salt '*' state.highstate

Upgrade packages using the OS package manager (apt, yum, brew) on a subset of minions

$ salt '*' pkg.upgrade

Execute an arbitrary command on a particular minion

$ salt '[minion_id]' "ls "


-h, --help

Print a usage message briefly summarizing these command-line options
-t TIMEOUT, --timeout=TIMEOUT
The timeout in seconds to wait for replies from the Salt minions. The timeout number specifes how long the command line client will wait to query the minions and check on running jobs.
-s STATIC, --static=STATIC
By default as of version 0.9.8 the salt command returns data to the console as it is received from minions, but previous releases would return data only after all data was received. To only return the data with a hard timeout and after all minions have returned then use the static option.
-b BATCH, --batch-size=BATCH
Instead of executing on all targeted minions at once, execute on a progressive set of minions. This option takes an argument in the form of an explicit number of minions to execute at once, or a percentage of minions to execute on.
-a EAUTH, --auth=EAUTH
Pass in an external authentication medium to validate against. The credentials will be prompted for. Can be used with the -T option.
-T, --make-token
Used in conjunction with the -a option. This creates a token that allows for the authenticated user to send commands without needing to re-authenticate.
Print the version of Salt that is running.
Show program's dependencies version number and exit
-E, --pcre
The target expression will be interpreted as a pcre regular expression rather than a shell glob.
-L, --list
The target expression will be interpreted as a comma delimited list, example:,,example7.quo.qux
-G, --grain
The target expression matches values returned by the Salt grains system on the minions. The target expression is in the format of '<grain value>:<glob expression>'; example: 'os:Arch*'

This was changed in version 0.9.8 to accept glob expressions instead of regular expression. To use regular expression matching with grains use the --grain-pcre option.

The target expression matches values returned by the Salt grains system on the minions. The target expression is in the format of '<grain value>:< regular expression>'; example: 'os:Arch.*'
-C, --compound
Utilize many target definitions to make the call very granular. This option takes a group of targets separated by and or or. The default matcher is a glob as usual, if something other than a glob is used preface it with the letter denoting the type, example: 'webserv* and G@os:Debian or E@db*' make sure that the compound target is encapsulated in quotes.
-X, --exsel
Instead of using shell globs use the return code of a function.
-N, --nodegroup
Use a predefined compound target defined in the Salt master configuration file.
-I, --pillar
Instead of using shell globs to evaluate the target use a pillar value to identify targets, the syntax for the target is the pillar key followed by a glob expression: "role:production*"
-S, --ipcidr
Match based on Subnet (CIDR notation) or IPv4 address.
-R, --range
Instead of using shell globs to evaluate the target use a range expression to identify targets. Range expressions look like %cluster.

Using the Range option requires that a range server is set up and the location of the range server is referenced in the master configuration file.

Chose an alternative returner to call on the minion, if an alternative returner is used then the return will not come back to the command line but will be sent to the specified return system.
-c CONFIG_DIR, --config-dir=CONFIG_dir
The location of the Salt configuration directory, this directory contains the configuration files for Salt master and minions. The default location on most systems is /etc/salt.
-v VERBOSE, --verbose
Turn on verbosity for the salt call, this will cause the salt command to print out extra data like the job id.
-d, --doc, --documentation
Return the documentation for the module functions available on the minions

Pass in an alternative outputter to display the return of data. This outputter can be any of the available outputters: grains, highstate, json, key, overstatestage, pprint, raw, txt, yaml Some outputters are formatted only for data returned from specific functions, for instance the grains outputter will not work for non grains data. If an outputter is used that does not support the data passed into it, then Salt will fall back on the pprint outputter and display the return data using the python pprint library.

--out-indent OUTPUT_INDENT, --output-indent OUTPUT_INDENT
Print the output indented by the provided value in spaces. Negative values disables indentation. Only applicable in outputters that support indentation.
Disable all colored output


2013, Thomas S. Hatch

See Also

salt(7) salt-master(1) salt-minion(1)


Thomas S. Hatch <> and many others, please see the Authors file

Referenced By

salt-call(1), salt-cp(1), salt-run(1), salt-syndic(1)


salt - salt


salt '*' [ options ] sys.doc

salt -E '.*' [ options ] sys.doc cmd

salt -G 'os:Arch.*' [ options ]

salt -C 'G@os:Arch.* and webserv* or G@kernel:FreeBSD' [ options ]


Salt allows for commands to be executed across a swath of remote systems in parallel. This means that remote systems can be both controlled and queried with ease.

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