Formulas are collections of Salt States that have been pre-written by other Salt users and contain generic parameter fields. Formulas allow for reliable reproduction of a specific configuration. Formulas can be installed from RPM packages or an external git repository.

Formulas work best for large, non-trivial, configurations. For trivial tasks, use a state rather than a formula.

Formula data can be managed using the XMLRPC API.

Formulas and states both act as a kind of configuration documentation. When you have written and stored the configuration, they provide a snapshot of your infrastructure.

You can use the SUSE Manager Web UI to apply common SUSE Manager formulas. The most commonly used formulas are documented in this section.

Alternatively, you can use pre-written formulas as a starting point for your own custom formulas. Pre-written formulas are available from For more information on custom formulas, see salt:formulas-custom.adoc.