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tor-config: Tools for configuration management in Arti


This crate is part of Arti, a project to implement Tor in Rust.

It provides types for handling configuration values, and general machinery for configuration management.

Configuration in Arti

The configuration for the arti command line program, and other programs which embed Arti reusing the configuration machinery, works as follows:

  1. We use tor_config::ConfigurationSources to enumerate the various places where configuration information needs to come from, and configure how they are to be read. arti uses ConfigurationSources::from_cmdline.

  2. ConfigurationSources::load actually reads all of these sources, parses them (eg, as TOML files), and returns a config::Config. This is a tree-structured dynamically typed data structure, mirroring the input configuration structure, largely unvalidated, and containing everything in the input config sources.

  3. We call one of the tor_config::resolve family. This maps the input configuration data to concrete ConfigBuilder s for the configuration consumers within the program. (For arti, that’s TorClientConfigBuilder and ArtiBuilder). This mapping is done using the Deserialize implementations on the Builders. resolve then calls the build() method on each of these parts of the configuration which applies defaults and validates the resulting configuration.

    It is important to call resolve once for all the configuration consumers, so that it sees a unified view of which config settings in the input were unrecognized, and therefore may need to be reported to the user. See the example in the load module documentation.

  4. The resulting configuration objects (eg, TorClientConfig, ArtiConfig) are provided to the code that must use them (eg, to make a TorClient).

See the tor_config::load module-level documentation. for an example.

⚠ Stability Warning ⚠

The design of this crate, and of the configuration system for Arti, is likely to change significantly before the release of Arti 1.0.0. For more information see ticket #285.


pub use cmdline::CmdLine;
pub use config as config_crate;
pub use educe;
pub use load::resolve;
pub use serde;
pub use sources::ConfigurationSources;


Implement a configuration source based on command-line arguments.

Lists in builders

Processing a config::Config into a validated configuration

ConfigurationSources: Helper for handling configuration files


Define accessor methods for a configuration item which is a list

Define a list builder struct for use with define_list_builder_accessors

Defines standard impls for a struct with a Builder, incl Default

Helper for assisting with macro “argument” defaulting


A path in a configuration file: tilde expansion is performed, along with expansion of certain variables.

A mutable configuration object.


An error that has occurred while expanding a path.

An error related to an option passed to Arti via a configuration builder.

Rules for reconfiguring a running Arti instance.

An error caused when attempting to reconfigure an existing Arti client, or one of its modules.


Resolves an Option<Option<T>> (in a builder) into an Option<T>