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cargo-generate is a developer tool to help you get up and running quickly with a new Rust project by leveraging a pre-existing git repository as a template.

Here's an example of using cargo-generate with this template: demo.gif


cargo install cargo-generate

cargo-generate has a few dependencies that need to be available before it can be installed and used.

  • openssl: See the openssl-sys crate readme on how to obtain the openssl library for your system.
  • cmake: Check if it is installed by typing cmake --version in a terminal or command line window. If it is not available, check your package manager or see the cmake homepage.


Standard usage is to pass a --git flag to cargo generate or short cargo gen. This will prompt you to enter the name of your project.

cargo generate --git

You can also pass the name of your project to the tool using the --name or -n flag:

cargo generate --git --name myproject


Templates are git repositories whose files contain placeholders. The current supported placeholders are:

  • {{authors}}: this will be filled in by a function borrowed from Cargo's source code, that determines your information from Cargo's configuration.
  • {{project-name}}: this is supplied by either passing the --name flag to the command or working with the interactive CLI to supply a name.
  • {{crate_name}}: the snake_case_version of project-name
  • dates: the liquid date filter is enabled for this project. This means you can write something like {{ "now" | date: "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M" }}. For more information, check out the Liquid Documentation on date.

You can also add a .genignore file to your template. The files listed in the .genignore file will be removed from the local machine when cargo-generate is run on the end user's machine. The .genignore file is always ignored, so there is no need to list it in the .genignore file.

Here's a list of currently available templates. If you have a great template that you'd like to feature here, please file an issue or a PR!


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.
If you want to contribute to cargo-generate, please read our CONTRIBUTING notes.