[][src]Crate indicatif

indicatif is a library for Rust that helps you build command line interfaces that report progress to users. It comes with various tools and utilities for formatting anything that indicates progress.

Platform support:

  • Linux
  • OS X
  • Windows (colors require Windows 10)

Best paired with other libraries in the family:

Crate Contents

Progress Bars and Spinners

indicatif comes with a ProgressBar type that supports both bounded progress bar uses as well as unbounded "spinner" type progress reports. Progress bars are Sync and Send objects which means that they are internally locked and can be passed from thread to thread.

Additionally a MultiProgress utility is provided that can manage rendering multiple progress bars at once (eg: from multiple threads).

To whet your appetite, this is what this can look like:

Progress bars are manually advanced and by default draw to stderr. When you are done, the progress bar can be finished either visibly (eg: the progress bar stays on the screen) or cleared (the progress bar will be removed).

use indicatif::ProgressBar;

let bar = ProgressBar::new(1000);
for _ in 0..1000 {
    // ...

General progress bar behaviors:

  • if a non terminal is detected the progress bar will be completely hidden. This makes piping programs to logfiles make sense out of the box.
  • a progress bar only starts drawing when set_message, inc, set_position or tick are called. In some situations you might have to call tick once to draw it.
  • progress bars should be explicitly finished to reset the rendering for others. Either by also clearing them or by replacing them with a new message / retaining the current message.
  • the default template renders neither message nor prefix.


Progress bars can be styled with simple format strings similar to the ones in Rust itself. The format for a placeholder is {key:options} where the options part is optional. If provided the format is this:

[<^>]           for an optional alignment specification
WIDTH           an optional width as positive integer
!               an optional exclamation mark to enable truncation
.STYLE          an optional dot separated style string
/STYLE          an optional dot separated alternative style string

For the style component see Styled::from_dotted_str for more information.

Some examples for templates:

[{elapsed_precise}] {bar:40.cyan/blue} {pos:>7}/{len:7} {msg}

This sets a progress bar that is 40 characters wide and has cyan as primary style color and blue as alternative style color. Alternative styles are currently only used for progress bars.

Example configuration:

This example is not tested
    .template("[{elapsed_precise}] {bar:40.cyan/blue} {pos:>7}/{len:7} {msg}")

The following keys exist:

  • bar: renders a progress bar. By default 20 characters wide. The style string is used to color the elapsed part, the alternative style is used for the bar that is yet to render.
  • wide_bar: like bar but always fills the remaining space.
  • spinner: renders the spinner (current tick char)
  • prefix: renders the prefix set on the progress bar.
  • msg: renders the currently set message on the progress bar.
  • wide_msg: like msg but always fills the remaining space and truncates.
  • pos: renders the current position of the bar as integer
  • len: renders the total length of the bar as integer
  • bytes: renders the current position of the bar as bytes.
  • percent: renders the current position of the bar as a percentage of the total length.
  • total_bytes: renders the total length of the bar as bytes.
  • elapsed_precise: renders the elapsed time as HH:MM:SS.
  • elapsed: renders the elapsed time as 42s, 1m etc.
  • eta_precise: the remaining time (like elapsed_precise).
  • eta: the remaining time (like elapsed).

The design of the progress bar can be altered with the integrated template functionality. The template can be set by changing a ProgressStyle and attaching it to the progress bar.

Human Readable Formatting

There are some formatting wrappers for showing elapsed time and file sizes for human users:

This example is not tested
use std::time::Instant;
use indicatif::{HumanDuration, HumanBytes};

let started = Instant::now();
println!("The file is {} large", HumanBytes(file.size));
println!("The script took {}", HumanDuration(started.elapsed()));



Formats bytes for human readability using ISO/IEC prefixes


Formats bytes for human readability using SI prefixes


Wraps an std duration for human basic formatting.


Formats bytes for human readability


Wraps an std duration for human readable formatting.


Manages multiple progress bars from different threads.


A progress bar or spinner.


Iterator for wrap_iter.


Reader for wrap_read.


Target for draw operations


Controls the rendering style of progress bars.