clang-sys 0.23.0

Rust bindings for libclang.

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Rust bindings for libclang.

If you are interested in a Rust wrapper for these bindings, see clang-rs.

Supported on the stable, beta, and nightly Rust channels.

Released under the Apache License 2.0.

See for guidelines on contributing to this repository.

Supported Versions

To target a version of libclang, enable one of the following Cargo features:

If you do not enable one of these features, the API provided by libclang 3.5 will be available by default.


By default, this crate will attempt to link to libclang dynamically. In this case, this crate depends on the libclang shared library ( on Linux, libclang.dylib on OS X, libclang.dll on Windows). If you want to link to libclang statically instead, enable the static Cargo feature. In this case, this crate depends on the LLVM and Clang static libraries. If you don't want to link to libclang at compiletime but instead want to load it at runtime, enable the runtime Cargo feature.

These libraries can be either be installed as a part of Clang or downloaded here.

Note: This crate supports finding versioned instances of (e.g., or In the case where there are multiple instances to choose from, this crate will prefer an unversioned instance first, then the version with the shortest and highest version. For example, the following instances of are listed in descending order of preference:


Note: The downloads for LLVM and Clang 3.8 and later do not include the libclang.a static library. This means you cannot link to any of these versions of libclang statically unless you build it from source.

Environment Variables

The following environment variables, if set, are used by this crate to find the required libraries and executables:

  • LLVM_CONFIG_PATH (compiletime) - provides a path to an llvm-config executable
  • LIBCLANG_PATH (compiletime) - provides a path to a directory containing a libclang shared library
  • LIBCLANG_STATIC_PATH (compiletime) - provides a path to a directory containing LLVM and Clang static libraries
  • CLANG_PATH (runtime) - provides a path to a clang executable



First, the libclang shared library will be searched for in the directory provided by the LIBCLANG_PATH environment variable if it was set. If this fails, the directory returned by llvm-config --libdir will be searched. Failing that, the directories in the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable will be searched. If none of these approaches is successful, a list of likely directories will be searched (e.g., /usr/local/lib on Linux).

On Linux, running an executable that has been dynamically linked to libclang may require you to add a path to to the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable. The same is true on OS X, except the DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable is used instead.

On Windows, running an executable that has been dynamically linked to libclang requires that libclang.dll can be found by the executable at runtime. See here for more information.


The availability of llvm-config is not optional for static linking. Ensure that an instance of this executable can be found on your system's path or set the LLVM_CONFIG_PATH environment variable. The required LLVM and Clang static libraries will be searched for in the same way as the shared library is searched for, except the LIBCLANG_STATIC_PATH environment variable is used in place of the LIBCLANG_PATH environment variable.


The clang_sys::load function is used to load a libclang shared library for use in the thread in which it is called. The clang_sys::unload function will unload the libclang shared library. clang_sys::load searches for a libclang shared library in the same way one is searched for when linking to libclang dynamically at compiletime.