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Install Rust

To install Rust, if you are running Unix,
run the following in your terminal, then follow the onscreen instructions.

curl -sSf | sh

If you are running Windows,
download and run rustup‑init.exe then follow the onscreen instructions.

Notes about Rust installation

Toolchain management with rustup

Rust is installed and managed by the rustup tool. Rust has a 6-week rapid release process and supports a great number of platforms , so there are many builds of Rust available at any time. rustup manages these builds in a consistent way on every platform that Rust supports, enabling installation of Rust from the beta and nightly release channels as well as support for additional cross-compilation targets.

For more information see the rustup documentation.

Configuring the PATH environment variable

In the Rust development environment, all tools are installed to the ~/.cargo/bin directory, and this is where you will find the Rust toolchain, including rustc, cargo, and rustup.

Accordingly, it is customary for Rust developers to include this directory in their PATH environment variable. During installation rustup will attempt to configure the PATH. Because of differences between platforms, command shells, and bugs in rustup, the modifications to PATH may not take effect until the console is restarted, or the user is logged out, or it may not succeed at all.

If, after installation, running rustc --version in the console fails, this is the most likely reason.

Windows considerations

On Windows, Rust additionally requires the C++ build tools for Visual Studio 2013 or later. The easiest way to acquire the build tools is by installing Microsoft Visual C++ Build Tools 2017 which provides just the Visual C++ build tools. Alternately, you can install Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio 2015, or Visual Studio 2013 and during install select the "C++ tools".

For further information about configuring Rust on Windows see the Windows-specific rustup documentation.

Other installation methods

The installation described above, via rustup, is the preferred way to install Rust for most developers. However, Rust can be installed via other methods as well.