Crate risc0_build

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Build RISC Zero zkVM guest code and provide handles to the host side.

In order for the host to execute guest code in the RISC Zero zkVM, the host must be provided a compiled RISC-V ELF file and the corresponding ImageID. This crate contains the functions needed to take zkVM guest code, build a corresponding ELF file and ImageID, and make the ImageID and a path to the ELF file available for the host to use.

Using risc0-build to build guest methods

Using this crate can be a bit delicate, so we encourage you to follow along in our RISC Zero Rust Starter repository. In that repository, risc0-build is used in the methods directory.

Guest methods are embedded for the host to use by calling embed_methods (or embed_methods_with_options) in a build script. An example file would look like

fn main() {

This requires including risc0-build as a build dependency. You will also need add a [package.metadata.risc0] section to your cargo file. In this section, put a methods field with a list of relative paths containing the guest code. For example, if your guest code is in the guest directory, then Cargo.toml might include

risc0-build = "0.12"

methods = ["guest"]

This builds a file in your cargo output directory which you must then include for the host to use. For example, you might make a file src/ containing

include!(concat!(env!("OUT_DIR"), "/"));

This process will generate an image ID (*_ID) and the contents of an ELF file (*_ELF). The names will be derived from the name of the ELF binary, which will be converted to ALL_CAPS to comply with Rust naming conventions. Thus, if a method binary is named multiply, the image ID will be named methods::MULTIPLY_ID and the contents of the ELF file will be named methods::MULTIPLY_ELF. These are included at the beginning of the host-side code:



Options defining how to embed a guest package in embed_methods_with_options.


Embeds methods built for RISC-V for use by host-side dependencies.
Embeds methods built for RISC-V for use by host-side dependencies. Specify custom options for a guest package by defining its GuestOptions. See embed_methods.