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Rust is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm, compiled programming language sponsored by Mozilla Research. It is designed to be a "safe, concurrent, practical language", supporting pure-functional, imperative-procedural, and object-oriented styles.
The goal of Rust is to be a good language for creating highly concurrent and highly safe systems, and programming in the large. This has led to a feature set with an emphasis on safety, control of memory layout, and concurrency. Performance of idiomatic Rust is comparable to the performance of idiomatic C++.

Core language

Rust Core Library

The Rust Core Library is the dependency-free foundation of the Rust Standard Library. It interfaces directly with LLVM primitives, which allows Rust to be platform and hardware-agnostic. It is this integration with LLVM that allows Rust to obtain greater performance than equivalent C applications compiled with Clang, making Rust software designed with libcore lower level than C. Developers looking to target software for embedded platforms may forego the standard library with #[nostd] to exclusively use the no-batteries-included core library for smaller binary sizes and improved performance. However, using #[nostd] limits the amount of software support that you can get from the larger Rust community as a majority of libraries require the standard library.

Rust Standard Library

The Rust Standard Library provides the convenient high level abstractions by which a majority of portable Rust software is created with. It features convenient features such as the Vec, Iterator, Option, Result, and String types; a vast amount of methods for language primitives; a large number of standard macros; I/O and multithreading support; heap allocations with Box; and many more high level features not available in the core library.

Release Cycle

Rust follows a regular six week release cycle, similar to the release cycle of Firefox. With each new release, the core and standard libraries are improved to support more platforms, improve performance, and to stabilize new features for use with stable Rust.


Native Installation

To install the latest stable version of Rust from the official Arch Linux software repository, install the rust package. This will install the rustc compiler.

There's also development version of the Rust compiler available from AUR. Use rust-nightly-binAUR for prebuilt generic binaries or rust-gitAUR to build the compiler with system libraries. Prebuilt, periodically updated rust-git packages are also available from the unofficial repo.


The official and recommended method of installing Rust for the purpose of developing software is to use the Rustup toolchain manager, written in Rust.

The benefits to using the Rustup toolchain manager instead of the standalone prepackaged Rust in the software repository is the ability to install multiple toolchains (stable, beta, nightly) for multiple targets (windows, mac, android) and architectures (x86, x86_64, arm). It is also important to note that tools such as Clippy require compiler plugin support, which is only supported in nightly builds of Rust.

One has 2 choices for a rustup installation, one is officially supported by Rust, while the other is supported by Arch Linux.

Upstream installation script

Download the file with curl -f >, view it: less ./, and run the script ./ to start rustup installation. The script makes PATH changes only to login shell configuration files. You need to source $HOME/.cargo/env until you logout and login back into the system. To update rustup afterwards, run rustup self update.

The script installs and activates the default toolchain by default (the one used by the rust package, so there is no need to manually install it to start using Rust.

Warning: Running curl some-url | sh, as the Rust documentation suggests, is considered as a security risk by some, because it executes unknown and/or untrusted code, that might even be corrupted during the download. Therefore it is recommended to manually download the script and check it, before executing it.
Note: Please make sure that $HOME/.cargo/bin is in your PATH when you run rustup.

Arch Linux package

rustup is also available on the Arch Linux software repository. Note that rustup self update will not work when installed this way, the package needs to be updated by pacman.

This package has the advantage that the various Rust executables live in /usr/bin, instead of ~/.cargo/bin, removing the need to add another directory to your PATH.

Note: The rustup package does not install a toolchain by default. The user needs to install a toolchain manually, for the Rust commands to do anything.


You might need to manually install a toolchain, e.g. stable, beta, nightly or 1.23.0. You also need to do this if you want to use/test another toolchain.

$ rustup install toolchain

You can now run the Rust commands by running, rustup run toolchain command. However, to use these commands directly, you need to activate the toolchain:

$ rustup default toolchain

Check the installed Rust version using rustc -V:

$ rustc -V 
rustc 1.26.0 (a77568041 2018-05-07)
Note: Rustup does not install some Rust commands that the rust package does include, such as rustfmt and rls. They are not included because this allows the Rust maintainers to ship a nightly of Rust with a broken rustfmt/rls. To install them, run rustup component add rls-preview and rustup component add rustfmt-preview respectively. This will also suspend updates of the nightly channel, if they break rustfmt/rls.
Note: Rust does not do its own linking, and so you’ll need to have a linker installed. You can use gcc, otherwise Rust will generate the following error: linker `cc` not found.

Test your installation

Check that Rust is installed correctly by building a simple program, as follows:

 fn main() {
     println!("Hello, World!");

You can compile it with rustc, then run it:

$ rustc && ./hello
Hello, World!

Cross Compiling

Using rustup

You can easily cross-compile using rustup. rustup supports many crosscompile targets. A full list can be found running rustup target list.

For instance, if you want to install rust using the stable channel for windows, using the gnu compiler, you will need to do :

$ rustup install stable-x86_64-pc-windows-gnu

This will only installs rust and its tools for your target architecture, but some additional tools might be needed for cross compiling.


In this section, $ARCH is the target architecture (either x86_64 or i686). It will explain how to cross compile using rustup.

  1. Install mingw-w64-gccAUR and wine
  2. Add a binfmt definition for windows executables either manually or by installing binfmt-wineAUR[broken link: package not found].
  3. If you are using rustup, you can run rustup install stable-$ARCH-pc-windows-gnu and rustup target add $ARCH-pc-windows-gnu to install rust and rust standard library for your architecture. If you are not using rustup, install a copy of rust's standard library for windows in your rustlib directory (/usr/local/lib/rustlib if you're using rust-nightly-binAUR and /usr/lib/rustlib if you're using the official rust package). The easiest way to do this is to download the rust installer for windows for your target architecture, install it under wine (wine start my-rust-installer.msi) and copy $INSTALL_DIR/lib/rustlib/$ARCH-pc-windows-gnu into your rustlib directory.
  4. Finally, tell cargo where to find the MinGW-w64 gcc/ar by adding the following to your ~/.cargo/config:
linker = "/usr/bin/$ARCH-w64-mingw32-gcc"
ar = "/usr/$ARCH-w64-mingw32/bin/ar"

Finally, you can cross compile for windows by passing the --target $ARCH-pc-windows-gnu to cargo:

$ # Build
$ cargo build --release --target "$ARCH-pc-windows-gnu"
$ # Run unit tests under wine
$ cargo test --target "$ARCH-pc-windows-gnu"

Unofficial packages

The unofficial repo archlinuxcn has rust-nightly and Rust std library for i686, ARM, ARMv7, Windows 32 and 64 so you can just install the one you want then enjoy cross compiling. However, you have to find an ARM toolchain by yourself. For Windows 32bit targets, you'll need to get a libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll to build and run.


Cargo, Rust's package manager, is part of the rust package. The nightly version is available in the AUR as cargo-nightly-binAUR. If you use rustup, it already includes cargo.

Cargo is a tool that allows Rust projects to declare their various dependencies, and ensure that you'll always get a repeatable build. You're encouraged to read the official guide.


To create a new project using Cargo:

$ cargo new hello_world --bin

This creates a directory with a default Cargo.toml file, set to build an executable (because we included --bin, otherwise it would build a library).

Note: Cargo uses this Cargo.toml as a manifest containing all of the metadata required to compile your project.
name = "hello_world"
version = "0.1.0"
authors = ["Your Name <>"]

IDE Support



The Racer autocomplete engine is the current best method of gaining autocomplete support. However, it requires that you also install a copy of the Rust source code, which you can obtain in one of several ways:

  • With rustup: rustup component add rust-src
  • From the AUR: rust-srcAUR or rust-nightly-srcAUR, in this case you must set the RUST_SRC_PATH environment var.

After installing the source code, you can either use Cargo to install racer or obtain it from the repos (rust-racer).

$ cargo install racer


Clippy takes advantage of compiler plugin support in Nightly builds of Rust to provide a large number of additional lints for detecting and warning about a larger variety of errors and non-idiomatic Rust. Because it requires support for compiler plugins in order to operate, clippy will not work when compiling with the stable Rust compiler.

$ cargo +nightly install clippy



Atom supports Rust programming when both of the next plugins installed: language-rust and linter-rust.

IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA has a Rust plugin. The same plugin also works with CLion. When configuring the toolchain, use rustup to download the source (rustup component add rust-src), and then select ~/.rustup/toolchains/<your toolchain>/bin as the toolchain location.

Visual Studio Code

Support for Rust can be obtained by installing the Rust extension.


Vim support for Rust is enabled via the official rust.vim plugin.


Emacs support for Rust is enabled via the offical rust-mode plugin or the emacs-rust-modeAUR package.


Kate support for Rust is enabled via the official kate plugin. It is installed by defaut by the kate package, require the installation of racerAUR and manual activation.

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