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This is a Vim plugin that provides Rust file detection, syntax highlighting, formatting, Syntastic integration, and more. It requires Vim 8 or higher for full functionality. Some things may not work on earlier versions.


Use one of the following package managers:

  • Vim8 packages:
    • git clone https://github.com/rust-lang/rust.vim ~/.vim/pack/plugins/start/rust.vim
  • Vundle:
    • Add Plugin 'rust-lang/rust.vim' to ~/.vimrc
    • :PluginInstall or $ vim +PluginInstall +qall
    • Note: Vundle will not automatically detect Rust files properly if filetype on is executed before Vundle. Please check the quickstart for more details. Errors such as Not an editor command: RustFmt may occur if Vundle is misconfigured with this plugin.
  • Pathogen:
    • git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/rust-lang/rust.vim.git ~/.vim/bundle/rust.vim
  • vim-plug:
    • Add Plug 'rust-lang/rust.vim' to ~/.vimrc
    • :PlugInstall or $ vim +PlugInstall +qall
  • dein.vim:
    • Add call dein#add('rust-lang/rust.vim') to ~/.vimrc
    • :call dein#install()
  • NeoBundle:
    • Add NeoBundle 'rust-lang/rust.vim' to ~/.vimrc
    • Re-open vim or execute :source ~/.vimrc


Error checking with Syntastic

rust.vim automatically registers cargo as a syntax checker with Syntastic, if nothing else is specified. See :help rust-syntastic for more details.

Source browsing with Tagbar

The installation of Tagbar along with Universal Ctags is recommended for a good Tagbar experience. For other kinds of setups, rust.vim tries to configure Tagbar to some degree.

Formatting with rustfmt

The :RustFmt command will format your code with rustfmt if installed.

Placing let g:rustfmt_autosave = 1 in your ~/.vimrc will enable automatic running of :RustFmt when you save a buffer.

Do :help :RustFmt for further formatting help and customization options.

Playpen integration

Note: This feature requires webapi-vim to be installed.

The :RustPlay command will send the current selection, or if nothing is selected the current buffer, to the Rust playpen.

If you set g:rust_clip_command RustPlay will copy the url to the clipboard.

  • Mac:

    let g:rust_clip_command = 'pbcopy'
  • Linux:

    let g:rust_clip_command = 'xclip -selection clipboard'

Running a test under cursor

In cargo project, the :RustTest command will run a test under the cursor. This is useful when your project is bigger and running all tests take longer time.


Further help can be found in the documentation with :Helptags then :help rust.

Detailed help can be found in the documentation with :help rust. Helptags (:help helptags) need to be generated for this plugin in order to navigate the help. Most plugin managers will do this automatically, but check their documentation if that is not the case.


Like Rust, rust.vim is primarily distributed under the terms of both the MIT license and the Apache License (Version 2.0). See LICENSE-APACHE and LICENSE-MIT for details.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the rust.vim README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.