What is Salt?

Salt is a new approach to infrastructure management. Easy enough to get running in minutes, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to communicate with them in seconds. Salt delivers a dynamic communication bus for infrastructures that can be used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.
Salt is a tool in the Server Configuration and Automation category of a tech stack.
Salt is an open source tool with 14K GitHub stars and 5.5K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Salt's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Salt?

Companies
145 companies reportedly use Salt in their tech stacks, including Robinhood, LinkedIn, and Lyft.

Developers
255 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Salt.

Salt Integrations

AWS CodeDeploy, Scaleway, StackStorm, Server Density, and Akeyless are some of the popular tools that integrate with Salt. Here's a list of all 5 tools that integrate with Salt.
Pros of Salt
46
Flexible
30
Easy
27
Remote execution
24
Enormously flexible
12
Great plugin API
10
Python
5
Extensible
3
Scalable
2
nginx
1
Vagrant provisioner
1
HipChat
1
Best IaaC
1
Automatisation
1
Parallel Execution

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Salt's Features

  • Remote execution is the core function of Salt. Running pre-defined or arbitrary commands on remote hosts.
  • Salt modules are the core of remote execution. They provide functionality such as installing packages, restarting a service, running a remote command, transferring files, and infinitely more
  • Building on the remote execution core is a robust and flexible configuration management framework. Execution happens on the minions allowing effortless, simultaneous configuration of tens of thousands of hosts.

Salt Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Salt?
Ansible
Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
Sugar
It is a Javascript library that extends native objects with helpful methods. It is designed to be intuitive, unobtrusive, and let you do more with less code.
JavaScript
JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.
Git
Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
GitHub
GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
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Salt's Followers
448 developers follow Salt to keep up with related blogs and decisions.