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This document will explain how Cargo’s configuration system works, as well as available keys or configuration. For configuration of a project through its manifest, see the manifest format.

Hierarchical structure

Cargo allows to have local configuration for a particular project or global configuration (like git). Cargo also extends this ability to a hierarchical strategy. If, for example, Cargo were invoked in /home/foo/bar/baz, then the following configuration files would be probed for:

With this structure you can specify local configuration per-project, and even possibly check it into version control. You can also specify personal default with a configuration file in your home directory.

Configuration format

All configuration is currently in the TOML format (like the manifest), with simple key-value pairs inside of sections (tables) which all get merged together.

Configuration keys

All of the following keys are optional, and their defaults are listed as their value unless otherwise noted.

Key values that specify a tool may be given as an absolute path, a relative path or as a pathless tool name. Absolute paths and pathless tool names are used as given. Relative paths are resolved relative to the parent directory of the .cargo directory of the config file that the value resides within.


An array of paths to local repositories which are to be used as overrides for

dependencies. For more information see the Specifying Dependencies guide.

paths = ["/path/to/override"]


This is your name/email to place in the authors section of a new Cargo.toml

that is generated. If not present, then git will be probed, and if that is

not present then $USER and $EMAIL will be used.

name = "..." email = "..."

By default cargo new will initialize a new Git repository. This key can be

set to hg to create a Mercurial repository, or none to disable this


vcs = "none"

For the following sections, $triple refers to any valid target triple, not the

literal string "$triple", and it will apply whenever that target triple is

being compiled to.


For Cargo builds which do not mention --target, this is the linker

which is passed to rustc (via -C linker=). By default this flag is not

passed to the compiler.

linker = ".."


Similar to the above linker configuration, but this only applies to

when the $triple is being compiled for.

linker = ".."

custom flags to pass to all compiler invocations that target $triple

this value overrides build.rustflags when both are present

rustflags = ["..", ".."]

Configuration keys related to the registry

[registry] index = "..." # URL of the registry index (defaults to the central repository) token = "..." # Access token (found on the central repo’s website)

[http] proxy = "host:port" # HTTP proxy to use for HTTP requests (defaults to none) # in libcurl format, e.g. "socks5h://host:port" timeout = 60000 # Timeout for each HTTP request, in milliseconds cainfo = "cert.pem" # Path to Certificate Authority (CA) bundle (optional) check-revoke = true # Indicates whether SSL certs are checked for revocation

[build] jobs = 1 # number of parallel jobs, defaults to # of CPUs rustc = "rustc" # the rust compiler tool rustdoc = "rustdoc" # the doc generator tool target = "triple" # build for the target triple target-dir = "target" # path of where to place all generated artifacts rustflags = ["..", ".."] # custom flags to pass to all compiler invocations

[term] verbose = false # whether cargo provides verbose output color = 'auto' # whether cargo colorizes output

Network configuration

[net] retry = 2 # number of times a network call will automatically retried

Alias cargo commands. The first 3 aliases are built in. If your

command requires grouped whitespace use the list format.

[alias] b = "build" t = "test" r = "run" rr = "run --release" space_example = ["run", "--release", "--", ""command list""] ```

Environment variables

Cargo can also be configured through environment variables in addition to the TOML syntax above. For each configuration key above of the form the environment variable CARGO_FOO_BAR can also be used to define the value. For example the key can also be defined by CARGO_BUILD_JOBS.

Environment variables will take precedent over TOML configuration, and currently only integer, boolean, and string keys are supported to be defined by environment variables.

In addition to the system above, Cargo recognizes a few other specific environment variables.