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The Servo Parallel Browser Project

Servo is a prototype web browser engine written in the Rust language. It is currently developed on OS X and Linux.

Note: Servo always requires a specific version of Rust - building against a released version of Rust will not work, nor will the Rust 'master' branch. The commit below will probably work. If it does not then the topic in #servo might know better.

  • Last known-good Rust commit: 754704ea9442ce92602f8022f6c979824b016842


First, you need the Rust compiler, built from the exact commit listed above.

On OS X (homebrew):

brew install
brew install cairo

On OS X (MacPorts):

sudo port install autoconf213 cairo +x11 +quartz

On Debian-based Linuxes:

sudo apt-get install libcairo2-dev libpango1.0-dev autoconf2.13 freeglut3-dev


git clone git://
cd servo
mkdir -p build && cd build
make check-servo && make
./servo ../src/test/hello.html

If rustc is not installed then add RUSTC=/path/to/rustc to your make commands.

Build Workarounds


Currently, the Makefile for the rust-azure submodule has hardcoded library paths that assumes cairo has been installed with homebrew or MacPorts. If you have installed cairo via another methods or a different version, you will need to change the library path.

This problem should go away once Issue #40 is fixed, and an externally-built cairo is no longer needed.