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A SaltStack formula that is empty. It has dummy content to help with a quick start on a new formula and it serves as a style guide.

General notes

See the full SaltStack Formulas installation and usage instructions.

If you are interested in writing or contributing to formulas, please pay attention to the Writing Formula Section.

If you want to use this formula, please pay attention to the FORMULA file and/or git tag, which contains the currently released version. This formula is versioned according to Semantic Versioning.

See Formula Versioning Section for more details.

If you need (non-default) configuration, please refer to:

Contributing to this repo

Commit messages

Commit message formatting is significant!!

Please see How to contribute for more details.


pre-commit is configured for this formula, which you may optionally use to ease the steps involved in submitting your changes. First install the pre-commit package manager using the appropriate method, then run bin/install-hooks and now pre-commit will run automatically on each git commit.

$ bin/install-hooks
pre-commit installed at .git/hooks/pre-commit
pre-commit installed at .git/hooks/commit-msg

Special notes

Using this template

The easiest way to use this template formula as a base for a new formula is to use GitHub's Use this template button to create a new repository. For consistency with the rest of the formula ecosystem, name your formula repository following the pattern <formula theme>-formula, where <formula theme> consists of lower-case alphabetic characters, numbers, '-' or '_'.

In the rest of this example we'll use example as the <formula theme>.

Follow these steps to complete the conversion from template-formula to example-formula.

$ git clone
$ cd example-formula/
$ bin/ example
$ git push --force

Alternatively, it's possible to clone template-formula into a new repository and perform the conversion there. For example:

$ git clone example-formula
$ cd example-formula/
$ bin/ example

To take advantage of semantic-release for automated changelog generation and release tagging, you will need a GitHub Personal Access Token with at least the public_repo scope.

In the Travis repository settings for your new repository, create an environment variable named GH_TOKEN with the personal access token as value, restricted to the master branch for security.

Note that this repository uses a CODEOWNERS file to assign ownership to various parts of the formula. The conversion process removes overall ownership, but you should consider assigning ownership to yourself or your organisation when contributing your new formula to the saltstack-formulas organisation.

Available states


Meta-state (This is a state that includes other states).

This installs the TEMPLATE package, manages the TEMPLATE configuration file and then starts the associated TEMPLATE service.


This state will install the TEMPLATE package only.


This state will configure the TEMPLATE service and has a dependency on TEMPLATE.install via include list.


This state will start the TEMPLATE service and has a dependency on TEMPLATE.config via include list.


Meta-state (This is a state that includes other states).

this state will undo everything performed in the TEMPLATE meta-state in reverse order, i.e. stops the service, removes the configuration file and then uninstalls the package.


This state will stop the TEMPLATE service and disable it at boot time.


This state will remove the configuration of the TEMPLATE service and has a dependency on TEMPLATE.service.clean via include list.


This state will remove the TEMPLATE package and has a depency on TEMPLATE.config.clean via include list.


Meta-state (This is a state that includes other states).

This state installs a subcomponent configuration file before configuring and starting the TEMPLATE service.


This state will configure the TEMPLATE subcomponent and has a dependency on TEMPLATE.config via include list.


This state will remove the configuration of the TEMPLATE subcomponent and reload the TEMPLATE service by a dependency on TEMPLATE.service.running via include list and watch_in requisite.


Linux testing is done with kitchen-salt.


  • Ruby
  • Docker
$ gem install bundler
$ bundle install
$ bin/kitchen test [platform]

Where [platform] is the platform name defined in kitchen.yml, e.g. debian-9-2019-2-py3.

bin/kitchen converge

Creates the docker instance and runs the TEMPLATE main state, ready for testing.

bin/kitchen verify

Runs the inspec tests on the actual instance.

bin/kitchen destroy

Removes the docker instance.

bin/kitchen test

Runs all of the stages above in one go: i.e. destroy + converge + verify + destroy.

bin/kitchen login

Gives you SSH access to the instance for manual testing.