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Anaconda Rust offers auto completion, auto formatting and linting for Rust language that will never freeze your Sublime Text 3



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AnacondaRust offers auto completion, auto formatting and linting for Rust language that will never freeze your Sublime Text 3

Supported Platforms

AnacondaRUST has been tested in GNU/Linux, OS X and Windows 10 with excellent results, take into account that this plugin is in a very early state and probably there are bugs to fix and things to improve. The current status in the different platforms is:

OS Status
GNU/Linux stable
OS X stable
Windows stable


  1. Anaconda plugin for Sublime Text 3
  2. Rust compiler (rustc) and cargo
  3. Racer code completion
  4. rustfmt >= 0.5.0 code formatter
  5. Rust standard lib sources


If Anaconda is not already installed you must install it using the Command Palette, if it's already installed just skip to the Install Rustc section.

Install Anaconda

  1. Show the Command Palette (Cmd + Shift + P on OS X or Ctrl + Shift + P on Linux/Windows)
  2. Type install, then select Package Control: Install package from the options list
  3. Type anaconda and press Enter

Install Rust

If you have rustc and cargo already installed in your system, skip to the Install Racer section.

There are too many ways to install rust in different operating systems, the following is just a general overview, please, refer to the Rust Language Site for details about how to install it in case that you have doubts.

GNU/Linux and OS X

We can simply install rust in GNU/Linux and OS X by copying and pasting the following command in a terminal:

curl -sSf https://static.rust-lang.org/rustup.sh | sh

The command above will download and install the last stable rust version into your /usr/local/ directory (you may need root access to do so).

Note: All major GNU/Linux distributions offer rust as a pre-compiled binary in their package manager systems, you can install it using your distribution package manager if you want, whatever works for you should be fine.

Windows 10 (probably others are fine)

The easiest way to install rust in Windows is by downloading the Windows binary installers (.msi) from https://www.rust-lang.org/downloads.html take into account that there are two different versions of the C/C++ Application Binary Interface (ABI) one for GNU and other for MSVC which one to pick is a very important decision as it will determine if you can compile Rust code that binds with C or C++ libraries in your system (for example rust-crypto).

It is important to understand that to compile some rust packages that includes some C bindings you need to install a compiler that generates binaries with a compatible ABI with your rust compiler ABI. That means install MinGW/MSYS2 toolchain or Microsoft Visual C++ Build Tools (or alternatively Visual Studio and select the C++ tools during installation)

How can I choose my ABI?

Simple, if you use MinGW/MSYS2 toolchain to compile C and C++ code in your Windows just download the GNU ABI version of the installer, otherwise you should download the MSVC version as probably all the applications and libraries in your Windows are compiled using some version of the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler.

Install Racer

If racer is already installed in your system just skip to the Install rustfmt section. Racer is easily installed using cargo as:

cargo install racer

That will download all the source code, compile and install racer into your cargo binary directory, cargo is great.

Install rustfmt

If rustfmt is already installed in your system just skip to the Install AnacondaRUST section. rustfmt is easily installed using cargo as:

cargo install rustfmt

The command above will download compile and install rustfmt in your system, again, cargo is great.

Note: install rustfmt 0.5.0 or better for a smoothly integration, older versions give problems when used in anaconda_rust

Install AnacondaRUST

To install AnacondaRUST you just need to follow the steps below:

  1. Show the Command Palette (Cmd + Shift + P on OS X or Ctrl + Shift + P on Linux/Windows)
  2. Type install then select Package Control: Install package from the options list
  3. Type anaconda_rust and press Enter

Configure AnacondaRUST

Anaconda could work out of the box if rustc, racer and rustfmt are available in your PATH, you already downloaded the rust source code and the environment variable RUST_SRC_PATH is set to the path where your rust source code is downloaded to, that would be a perfect scenario that probably is not gonna happen so read carefully the steps below in order to make your AnacondaRUST works.

Download Rust Source Code

You may be wondering why I want you to download Rust source code if you already installed rust in the previous section, the reason is simple, racer needs access to the rust's source code to be able to offer auto completion for the rust's standard library. The Rust sources can be downloaded from their site https://www.rust-lang.org/downloads.html just download the source for the same version that you already installed in your system.

Configure Binary Paths

Open AnacondaRUST configuration using Preferences -> Package Settings -> AnacondaRUST and set the path to your racer and rustfmt binaries. For example:

    "rustc_binary_path": "/usr/bin/rustc",
    "racer_binary_path": "/home/damnwidget/.cargo/bin/racer",
    "rustfmt_binary_path": "/home/damnwidget/.cargo/bin/rustfmt"

Configure Rust Source Code Path

Now you need to tell AnacondaRUST where your copy of the Rust's source code lives in your system, add the path to your AnacondaRUST configuration like:

    "rust_src_path": "/home/damnwidget/downloads/languages/rust/sources/1.8.0/src",

Set the RUST_SRC_PATH environment variable and leaving the rust_src_path config empty may work in Operating Systems where the environment vars are passed to the Sublime Text 3 executable, sadly this doesn't always work so I really recommend to set your AnacondaRUST settings to prevent future problems.

Linter Options

AnacondaRUST (obviously) includes a linter for Rust code, the linter runs asynchronous as usual, it runs every time that you save your file.

Disable the linter

AnacondaRUST linter is enabled by default, it can be totally disabled setting anaconda_rust_linting to false in the configuration.

Goto Definition

AnacondaRUST includes a Goto Definition feature but it does not add key bindings by default. You can access the Goto Rust Definition feature through the Command Palette, anyway, if you want to add a key binding for it you could use something like:

    "command": "rust_goto", "keys": ["ctrl+r", "ctrl+g"], "context": [
        {"key": "selector", "operator": "equal", "operand": "source.rust"}

Show Documentation

If racer 1.2.10 or higher is installed, anacondaRUST can offer documentation using the Control Palette or the Contextual Menu, you can also add a shortcut like:

    "command": "rust_doc", "keys": ["ctrl+r", "ctrl+d"], "context": [
        {"key": "selector", "operator": "equal", "operand": "source.rust"}


As usual for all my Sublime Text plugins, this software is licensed under the GPLv3 terms.


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