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Run salt-master in alpine docker container
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Docker Salt-Master

A Docker image which allows you to run a containerised Salt-Master server.

Running the Container

You can easily run the container like so:

docker run --rm -it soon/salt-master

Environment Variables

The following environment variables can be set:

  • LOG_LEVEL: The level to log at, defaults to error


There are several volumes which can be mounted to Docker data container as
described here: The following
volumes can be mounted:

  • /etc/salt/pki - This holds the Salt Minion authentication keys
  • /var/cache/salt - Job and Minion data cache
  • /var/logs/salt - Salts log directory
  • /etc/salt/master.d - Master configuration include directory
  • /srv/salt - Holds your states, pillars etc

Data Container

To create a data container you are going to want the thinnest possible docker
image, simply run this docker command, which will download the simplest possible
docker image:

docker run -v /etc/salt/pki -v /var/salt/cache -v /var/logs/salt -v /etc/salt/master.d -v /srv/salt --name salt-master-data busybox true

This will create a stopped container wwith the name of salt-master-data and
will hold our persistant salt master data. Now we just need to run our master
container with the --volumes-from command:

docker run --rm -it --volumes-from salt-master-data soon/salt-master

Sharing Local Folders

To share folders on your local system so you can have your own master
configuration, states, pillars etc just alter the salt-master-data

docker run -v /etc/salt/pki -v /var/salt/cache -v /var/logs/salt -v /path/to/local:/etc/salt/master.d -v /path/to/local:/srv/salt --name salt-master-data busybox true

Now /path/to/local can hold your states and master configuration.


The following ports are exposed:

  • 4505
  • 4506

These ports allow minions to communicate with the Salt Master.

Running Salt Commands

Docker will hopefully soon ship with a docker exec command which will allow you to run commands in a running container.
See this pull request:

But until then you will need to run another docker container which runs a program called nsenter which allows
you to connect to running containers. Follow the instructions here:

Once installed run:

$ CONTAINER_ID=$(docker run -d soon/salt-master)
$ docker-enter $CONTAINER_ID
$ root@CONTAINER_ID:~# salt '*'
$ root@CONTAINER_ID:~# salt '*' grains.items
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