pest is a general purpose parser written in Rust with a focus on accessibility, correctness, and performance. It uses parsing expression grammars (or PEG) as input, which are similar in spirit to regular expressions, but which offer the enhanced expressivity needed to parse complex languages.
The recommended way to start parsing with pest is to read the official book.
Other helpful resources:
- API reference on docs.rs
- play with grammars and share them on our fiddle
- leave feedback, ask questions, or greet us on Gitter
The core of pest is the trait
Parser, which provides an interface to the parsing
Grammar definitions reside in custom
.pest files located in the crate
Parsers are automatically generated from these files using
#[derive(Parser)] and a special
#[grammar = "..."] attribute on a dummy struct.
#[derive(Parser)] #[grammar = "path/to/my_grammar.pest"] // relative to src struct MyParser;
The syntax of
.pest files is documented in the
Grammars can also be inlined by using the
#[grammar_inline = "..."] attribute.
&strwhich provides useful methods to manually parse that string.
&str, supplying it to a closure