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This project provides Rust bindings to Faiss, the state-of-the-art vector search and clustering library.

Installing as a dependency

Currently, this crate does not build Faiss automatically for you. The dynamic library needs to be installed manually to your system.

  1. Follow the instructions here to build Faiss. The crate is only compatible with version v1.6.3, containing the C API patch. Consider building Faiss from this fork, c_api_head branch, which will contain the latest bindings to the C interface.
  2. Afterwards, follow the instructions on building the C API of Faiss. This will result in the dynamic library faiss_c, which needs to be installed in a place where your system will pick up (in Linux, try somewhere in the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable, such as "/usr/lib", or try adding a new path to this variable). For GPU support, don't forget to build and install gpufaiss_c instead.
  3. You are now ready to include this crate as a dependency:
"faiss" = "0.9.0"

If you have built Faiss with GPU support, you can include the "gpu" feature in the bindings:

"faiss" = {version = "0.9.0", features = ["gpu"]}


A basic example is seen below. Please check out the documentation for more.

use faiss::{Index, index_factory, MetricType};

let mut index = index_factory(64, "Flat", MetricType::L2)?;

let result =, 5)?;
for (i, (l, d)) in result.labels.iter()
    println!("#{}: {} (D={})", i + 1, *l, *d);

License and attribution notice

Licensed under either of

at your option.

Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in the work by you, as defined in the Apache-2.0 license, shall be dual licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.

This work is not affiliated with Facebook AI Research or the main Faiss software.