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This is a Vim plugin that provides Rust file detection, syntax highlighting, formatting, Syntastic integration, and more.


Use one of the following package managers:

  • Vim8 packages:
    • git clone ~/.vim/pack/plugins/start/rust.vim
  • Vundle:
    • Add Plugin 'rust-lang/rust.vim' to ~/.vimrc
    • :PluginInstall or $ vim +PluginInstall +qall
    • Note: Vundle will not automatically detect Rust files properly if filetype on is executed before Vundle. Please check the quickstart for more details. Errors such as Not an editor command: RustFmt may occur if Vundle is misconfigured with this plugin.
  • Pathogen:
    • git clone --depth=1 ~/.vim/bundle/rust.vim
  • vim-plug:
    • Add Plug 'rust-lang/rust.vim' to ~/.vimrc
    • :PlugInstall or $ vim +PlugInstall +qall
  • dein.vim:
    • Add call dein#add('rust-lang/rust.vim') to ~/.vimrc
    • :call dein#install()
  • NeoBundle:
    • Add NeoBundle 'rust-lang/rust.vim' to ~/.vimrc
    • Re-open vim or execute :source ~/.vimrc


Error checking with Syntastic

rust.vim automatically registers cargo as a syntax checker with Syntastic, if nothing else is specified. See :help rust-syntastic for more details.

Source browsing with Tagbar

rust.vim has builtin ctags/ definitions for Tagbar which are loaded if Tagbar is installed.

Formatting with rustfmt

The :RustFmt command will format your code with rustfmt if installed.

Placing let g:rustfmt_autosave = 1 in your ~/.vimrc will enable automatic running of :RustFmt when you save a buffer.

Do :help :RustFmt for further formatting help and customization options.

Playpen integration

Note: This feature requires webapi-vim to be installed.

The :RustPlay command will send the current selection, or if nothing is selected the current buffer, to the Rust playpen.

If you set g:rust_clip_command RustPlay will copy the url to the clipboard.

  • Mac:

      let g:rust_clip_command = 'pbcopy'
  • Linux:

      let g:rust_clip_command = 'xclip -selection clipboard'


Further help can be found in the documentation with :Helptags then :help rust.

Detailed help can be found in the documentation with :help rust. Helptags (:help helptags) need to be generated for this plugin in order to navigate the help. Most plugin managers will do this automatically, but check their documentation if that is not the case.


Like Rust, rust.vim is primarily distributed under the terms of both the MIT license and the Apache License (Version 2.0). See LICENSE-APACHE and LICENSE-MIT for details.