Code Quality Rank: L3
Programming language: C#
License: MIT License
Tags: Development Tools     IDEs    
Latest version: v0.1.2

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Visual Studio extension for Rust

Build status


Currently in development, and not feature complete. Stable versions are available on the Visual Studio extension gallery.

Unstable, but more recent builds are downloadable from AppVeyor (choose "Configuration: Release" and "Artifacts").


  • Project support based on Cargo
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Autocomplete
  • Go to definition
  • Debugging for both MSVC and GNU toolchains
    • Conditional breakpoints
    • Watch window (with the ability to change the runtime state)
    • Immediate window (with the ability to change the runtime state)
    • Set next statement
    • Call stack view and navigation


How to contribute?


Feel free to open issues, post comments about progress, questions, new ideas, brain storming etc. You can remove and edit comments as a way of refining ideas in the issue tracker. This is very helpful because many concerns in this project are very complex. Many issues needs to be broken down into new issues before they can be implemented.

Issues marked Ready represent tasks that have a clear design and deliverables. They are recommended starting points if you don't want to spend time discussing and evaluating implementation.

Issues marked Information require some wider perspective and discussion. They are perfect if you want to have an impact on the project but don't have the time to spend coding.


  1. Fork the main repository
  2. Work on a feature in your own private branch
  3. Once you are finished with you work or want someone to you, open a pull request
  4. Someone will review your code and merge it. Some fixes might be required on your side.


To build this, you'll need Visual Studio 2015 and matching Visual Studio SDK for the VS plugin, WiX Toolset 3.10 or higher for the setup project and Java RE. NuGet will take care of the rest.

Build configuration

If you plan to hack on Visual Rust you should understand difference between our two build configurations.

  • For the Release configuration the main project is VisualRust.Setup, its output is a .msi file that consists of two parts:

    • MSBuild integration: this lets you build Rust projects (.rsproj) from the command line and Visual Studio.
    • Visual Studio plugin(s): this adds support for Rust projects (.rsproj) inside Visual Studio. Syntax highlighting, project system, item templates. Everything except building.
  • For the Debug build main project is called simply VisualRust and it builds VisualRust.vsix which is a VS plugin in a format that is suitable for local installation and debugging. It doesn't contain MSBuild integration

Consequently, for the debug build you'll want to either install just MSBuild integration from the .msi file or build it yourself (VisualRust.Build) and copy to %ProgramFiles(x86)%\MSBuild\VisualRust.

Also you'll want to modify VisualRust project with location of your Visual Studio installation to launch it automatically when debugging.


This project is currently maintained by vosen.

Feel free to mail him or ask around in #rust-gamedev on irc.mozilla.org.


Same as Rust, dual MIT/ASL2. Any contributions made are under this license.

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