Rust module

(new in 0.57.0) (Stable since 1.0.0)

The rust module provides helper to integrate rust code into Meson. The goal is to make using rust in Meson more pleasant, while still remaining mesonic, this means that it attempts to make Rust work more like Meson, rather than Meson work more like rust.


test(name: string, target: library | executable, dependencies: []Dependency)

This function creates a new rust unittest target from an existing rust based target, which may be a library or executable. It does this by copying the sources and arguments passed to the original target and adding the --test argument to the compilation, then creates a new test target which calls that executable, using the rust test protocol.

This accepts all of the keyword arguments as the test() function except protocol, it will set that automatically.

Additional, test only dependencies may be passed via the dependencies argument.

bindgen(*, input: string | BuildTarget | [](string | BuildTarget), output: string, include_directories: [](include_directories | string), c_args: []string, args: []string, dependencies: []Dependency)

This function wraps bindgen to simplify creating rust bindings around C libraries. This has two advantages over hand-rolling ones own with a generator or custom_target:

  • It handles include_directories, so one doesn't have to manually convert them to -I...
  • It automatically sets up a depfile, making the results more reliable

It takes the following keyword arguments

  • input — A list of Files, Strings, or CustomTargets. The first element is the header bindgen will parse, additional elements are dependencies.
  • output — the name of the output rust file
  • include_directories — A list of include_directories or string objects, these are passed to clang as -I arguments (string since 1.0.0)
  • c_args — A list of string arguments to pass to clang untouched
  • args — A list of string arguments to pass to bindgen untouched.
  • dependencies — A list of Dependency objects to pass to the underlying clang call (since 1.0.0)
rust = import('unstable-rust')

inc = include_directories('..'¸ '../../foo')

generated = rust.bindgen(
    input : 'myheader.h',
    output : '',
    include_directories : [inc, include_directories('foo')],
    args : ['--no-rustfmt-bindings'],
    c_args : ['-DFOO=1'],

If the header depeneds on generated headers, those headers must be passed to bindgen as well to ensure proper dependency ordering, static headers do not need to be passed, as a proper depfile is generated:

h1 = custom_target(...)
h2 = custom_target(...)

r1 = rust.bindgen(
  input : [h1, h2],  # h1 includes h2,
  output : '',

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