include_dir 0.7.3

Embed the contents of a directory in your binary


Continuous Integration license

An evolution of the include_str!() and include_bytes!() macros for embedding an entire directory tree into your binary.

Rendered Documentation:

Getting Started

The include_dir!() macro works very similarly to the normal include_str!() and include_bytes!() macros. You pass the macro a file path and assign the returned value to some static variable.

use include_dir::{include_dir, Dir};

static PROJECT_DIR: Dir = include_dir!("$CARGO_MANIFEST_DIR");

// of course, you can retrieve a file by its full path
let lib_rs = PROJECT_DIR.get_file("src/").unwrap();

// you can also inspect the file's contents
let body = lib_rs.contents_utf8().unwrap();

// you can search for files (and directories) using glob patterns
#[cfg(feature = "glob")]
    let glob = "**/*.rs";
    for entry in PROJECT_DIR.find(glob).unwrap() {
        println!("Found {}", entry.path().display());


  • Embed a directory tree into your binary at compile time
  • Find a file in the embedded directory
  • Search for files using a glob pattern (requires the globs feature)
  • File metadata (requires the metadata feature)

To-Do list:

  • Compression?