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raylib-rs is a Rust binding for raylib 2.0. It currently targets the stable Rust toolchain, version 1.31 or higher.

Though this binding tries to stay close to the simple C API, it makes some changes to be more idiomatic for Rust.

  • Resources are automatically cleaned up when they go out of scope (or when std::mem::drop is called), just like all other resources in Rust. This means that "Unload" functions are not exposed (and not necessary).
  • Most of the Raylib API is exposed through RaylibHandle, which is for enforcing that Raylib is only initialized once, and for making sure the window is closed properly.
  • A RaylibHandle is obtained through raylib::init_window(...) or through the newer init() function which will allow you to build up some window options before initialization (replaces set_config_flags).
  • Manually closing the window is unnecessary, because CloseWindow is automatically called when RaylibHandle goes out of scope.
  • Model::set_material, Material::set_shader, and MaterialMap::set_texture methods were added since one cannot set the fields directly. Also enforces correct ownership semantics.
  • Font::from_data, Font::set_chars, and Font::set_texture methods were added to create a Font from loaded CharInfo data.
  • SubText and FormatText are omitted, and are instead covered by Rust's string slicing and Rust's format! macro, respectively.

Disclaimer: I created this binding as a way to learn Rust. There may be some things I can do better, or make more ergonomic for users. Feel free to make suggestions!


So far, I have only tested on Windows. Tips on making things work smoothly on all platforms is appreciated.

  1. Add the dependency to your Cargo.toml:
raylib = "0.9"
  1. Download raylib 2.0 from, and pick the one that matches your Rust toolchain. MSVC with MSVC, MinGW with GNU, 32-bit or 64-bit.

  2. Copy libraylib.a (for GCC/MinGW) or raylib.lib (for MSVC) to the appropriate path in your Rust toolchain.

    • For rustup/MSVC: .rustup\toolchains\stable-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc\lib\rustlib\x86_64-pc-windows-msvc\lib
    • For rustup/GNU: .rustup\toolchains\stable-x86_64-pc-windows-gnu\lib\rustlib\x86_64-pc-windows-gnu\lib
  3. Start coding!

use raylib::prelude::*;

fn main() {
    let rl = raylib::init()
        .size(640, 480)
        .title("Hello, World")
    while !rl.window_should_close() {
        rl.draw_text("Hello, world!", 12, 12, 20, Color::BLACK);


Tech Notes

  • Structs holding resources have RAII/move semantics, including: Image, Texture2D, RenderTexture2D, Font, Mesh, Shader, Material, Model, Wave, Sound, Music, and AudioStream.
  • Functions dealing with string data take in &str and/or return an owned String, for the sake of safety.
  • In C, LoadFontData returns a pointer to a heap-allocated array of CharInfo structs. In this Rust binding, said array is copied into an owned Vec<CharInfo>, the original data is freed, and the owned Vec is returned.
  • In C, GetDroppedFiles returns a pointer to an array of strings owned by raylib. Again, for safety and also ease of use, this binding copies said array into a Vec<String> which is returned to the caller.
  • I've tried to make linking automatic, though I've only tested on Windows. Other platforms may have other considerations.


  • In addition to the base library, there is also a convenient ease module which contains various interpolation/easing functions ported from raylib's easings.h, as well as a Tween struct to assist in using these functions.
  • Equivalent math and vector operations, ported from raymath.h, are impled on the various Vector and Matrix types. Operator overloading is used for more intuitive design.

Future Goals

  • Port raylib examples over to Rust.
  • More tests.
  • More platform testing.
  • Even more testing.
  • Physac port?
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