[][src]Crate configure_me

This crate aims to help with reading configuration of application from files, environment variables and command line arguments, merging it together and validating. It auto-generates most of the code for you based on configuration (heh) file. It creates a struct for you, which contains all the parsed and validated fields, so you can access the information quickly easily and idiomatically.

This is currently only a facade for the dependencies, the core of the crate is in configure_me_codegen crate.

Important: In order to use this crate, you need to create a build script using configure_me_codegen to generate the code that will use this crate! See the example.


Let's say, your application needs these parametrs to run:

  • Port - this is mandatory
  • IP address to bind to - defaults to
  • Path to TLS certificate - optional, the server will be unsecure if not given

First create config_spec.toml configuration file specifying all the parameters:

name = "port"
type = "u16"
optional = false
# This text will be used in the documentation (help etc)
# It's not mandatory, but your progam will be ugly without it.
doc = "Port to listen on."
name = "bind_addr"
# Yes, this works and  you can use your own T: Deserialize + FromStr as well!
type = "::std::net::Ipv4Addr" 
default = "::std::net::Ipv4Addr::new(0, 0, 0, 0)" # Rust expression that creates the value
doc = "IP address to bind to."
name = "tls_cert"
type = "::std::path::PathBuf"
doc = "Path to the TLS certificate. The connections will be unsecure if it isn't provided."
# optional = true is the default, no need to add it here
# If the type is optional, it will be represented as Option<T>
# e.g. Option<::std::path::PathBuf> in this case.

Then, create a simple build script:

This example is not tested
extern crate configure_me;
fn main() {

Add dependencies to Cargo.toml:

# ...
build = "build.rs"
configure_me = "0.3"
# Yes, this must be here too.
serde = "1"
configure_me_codegen = "0.3"

And finally add appropriate incantiations into src/main.rs:

This example is not tested
extern crate configure_me;
fn main() {
    // This will read configuration from "/etc/my_awesome_server/server.conf" file and
    // the command-line arguments.
    let (server_config, _remaining_args) = Config::including_optional_config_files(&["/etc/my_awesome_server/server.conf]").unwrap_or_exit();
    // Your code here
    // E.g.:
    let listener = std::net::TcpListener::bind((server_config.bind_addr, server_config.port)).expect("Failed to bind socket");


pub extern crate serde;
pub extern crate toml;
pub extern crate parse_arg;