Deploy Rust apps

Rust support is in beta

If you encounter an issue, please contact the support.

Clever Cloud allows you to deploy Rust web applications. This page will explain you how to set up your application to run it on our service.

You do not need to change a lot in your application, the requirements will help you to configure your apps with some mandatory files to add, and properties to setup.


Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety. You can build Rust web services with frameworks like Iron

Create an application

Refer to the page Deploy an application on Clever Cloud.

Necessary information

Be sure that:

  • you have pushed in master branch
  • you listen on port 8080
  • you have committed Cargo.lock
  • you have at least one binary target in Cargo.toml


The result of cargo build --release --locked must be an executable which starts a web server listening on

For instance, a minimal iron application can look like this:

extern crate iron;

use iron::prelude::*;
use iron::status;

fn main() {
    fn hello_world(_: &mut Request) -> IronResult<Response> {
        Ok(Response::with((status::Ok, "Hello World!")))

    let _server = Iron::new(hello_world).http("").unwrap();
    println!("On 8080");

Multiple binary targets

If your Cargo.toml defines multiple targets, you must specify the one you want to run, with the CC_RUST_BIN environment variable. If CC_RUST_BIN is specified, then the executable produced by this target is used to start the application.


Make sure to list all your dependencies in Cargo.toml. For the example above, you need:

name = "my-app"
version = "0.1.0"
authors = []

iron = "0.4.0"

Compiled dependencies are cached by default to speed up deployments. You can disable dependencies caching completely by removing the CC_CACHE_DEPENDENCIES environment variable. If you want to rebuild your application from scratch, you can select "rebuild and restart" from the console or launch clever restart --without-cache from CLI.

Private dependencies

If you use dependencies on a private git repository inside your project, it needs a bit of configuration until this cargo issue has been resolved

First, you need to use the HTTPS url as the git url for your dependency in your Cargo.toml:

private-dep = { git = "" }

Then, you need to create a personal access token. It allows to not use your password:

Once you have the token, we need to tell Git to use a credential store. For that, we are going to create it.

Create a clevercloud/ file at the root of your application and paste:

#!/usr/bin/env bash

git config --global credential.helper store
echo "https://${GIT_USERNAME}:${GIT_PASSWORD}" > ~/.git-credentials
chmod 600 ~/.git-credentials

If you have multiple private repositories, add them accordingly.

Now, go into the environment variables page of your application and create those environment variables:

  • GIT_USERNAME: your github / gitlab / other username
  • GIT_PASSWORD: your github / gitlab / other password
  • CC_PRE_BUILD_HOOK: clevercloud/
  • CC_POST_BUILD_HOOK: rm /home/bas/.git-credentials

It adds the git configuration before the build start and it cleans it after the build has been done.

Rust channels

By default, your application is built with the latest stable version. If you require beta, nightly or a specific Rust version, you can set CC_RUSTUP_CHANNEL to beta, nightly or a specific version (eg. 1.36.0). The build uses rustup to select the Rust version you need.

Cargo features

You can enable specific features for your crate by settings the CC_RUST_FEATURES environment variable to the list of features to enable.

Environment injection

Clever Cloud can inject environment variables that are defined in the dashboard and by add-ons linked to your application.

You can access environment variables with std::env::var(<KEY_NAME>).

If environment variables are needed for your application to work properly, the best solution is to load them in your main function and use .expect to fail early with a descriptive error.

use std::env;

fn main() {
    let my_config_value = env::var("MY_KEY").expect("Missing env var `MY_KEY`");


For more information, you can read about environment variables on Clever Cloud.

Deploy on Clever Cloud

Application deployment on Clever Cloud is via Git. Follow these steps to deploy your application.

Deployment Video

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