Building a Rust Project

What This Guide Covers #

For Language versions and other build-environment specific information visit our reference pages:

The rest of this guide covers configuring Rust projects in Travis CI. If you’re new to Travis CI please read our Tutorial and build configuration guides first.

Choosing a Rust version #

By default, we download and install the latest stable Rust release at the start of the build (thanks to rustup). The minimal profile is used and includes the following language tools cargo, rustc, and rustup.

If you want additional language tools like rustfmt or clippy, please install them in before_install.

To test against specific Rust releases:

language: rust
  - 1.0.0
  - 1.1.0

Travis CI also supports all three Rust release channels: stable, beta, and nightly.

The Rust team appreciates testing against the beta and nightly channels, even if you are only targeting stable. A full configuration looks like this:

language: rust
  - stable
  - beta
  - nightly
    - rust: nightly
  fast_finish: true

This will runs your tests against all three channels, but any breakage in nightly will not fail the rest of build.

Dependency Management #

Travis CI uses Cargo to install your dependencies:

cargo build --verbose

You can cache your dependencies so they are only recompiled if they or the compiler were upgraded:

cache: cargo

This adds the following directories to the cache:

  • $TRAVIS_HOME/.cache/sccache
  • $TRAVIS_HOME/.cargo/
  • $TRAVIS_HOME/.rustup/
  • target

In addition, it adds the following command to the before_cache phase of the job in order to reduce cache size:

rm -rf "$TRAVIS_HOME/.cargo/registry/src"

This means that, if you override the before_cache step for another reason, you should add the step above in order to reduce the cache size:

  - rm -rf "$TRAVIS_HOME/.cargo/registry/src"
   # rest of your existing "before_cache"

Default Build Script #

Travis CI uses Cargo to run your build, the default commands are:

cargo test --verbose

You can always configure different commands if you need to. For example, if your project is a workspace, you should pass --workspace to the build commands to build and test all of the member crates:

language: rust
  - cargo build --verbose --workspace
  - cargo test --verbose --workspace

Environment variables #

The Rust version that is specified in the .travis.yml is available during the build in the TRAVIS_RUST_VERSION environment variable.

Build Config Reference #

You can find more information on the build config format for Rust in our Travis CI Build Config Reference.