Rust Analyzer


For non-Cargo projects, rust-analyzer depends on a rust-project.json file at the root of the project that describes its structure. The rust_analyzer rule facilitates generating such a file.


First, add the following to the WORKSPACE file:

load("@rules_rust//tools/rust_analyzer:deps.bzl", "rust_analyzer_deps")


Next, add the following lines to the .bazelrc file of your workspace:


This will ensure rust source code is available to rust-analyzer. Users can also set include_rustc_srcs = True on any rust_repository or rust_repositories calls in the workspace but the environment variable has higher priority and can override the attribute.

Finally, add a rule to the root BUILD file like the following.

load("@rules_rust//rust:defs.bzl", "rust_analyzer")

    name = "rust_analyzer",
    targets = [
        # all the binary/library targets you want in the rust-project.json

A list of rust_analyzer compatible targets can be found by usign the following query:

bazel query 'kind("rust_*library|rust_binary", //...:all)'

Note: All rust_* targets provided to the root rust_analyzer must have //visibility:public.

Run bazel run @rules_rust//tools/rust_analyzer:gen_rust_project whenever dependencies change to regenerate the rust-project.json file. It should be added to .gitignore because it is effectively a build artifact. Once the rust-project.json has been generated in the project root, rust-analyzer can pick it up upon restart.


To set this up using VSCode, users should first install the rust_analyzer plugin. With that in place, the following task can be added to the .vscode/tasks.json file of the workspace to ensure a rust-project.json file is created and up to date when the editor is opened.

    "version": "2.0.0",
    "tasks": [
            "label": "Generate rust-project.json",
            "command": "bazel",
            "args": ["run", "@rules_rust//tools/rust_analyzer:gen_rust_project"],
            "options": {
                "cwd": "${workspaceFolder}"
            "group": "build",
            "problemMatcher": [],
            "presentation": {
                "reveal": "never",
                "panel": "dedicated",
            "runOptions": {
                "runOn": "folderOpen"


rust_analyzer(name, targets)

Produces a rust-project.json for the given targets. Configure rust-analyzer to load the generated file via the linked projects mechanism.


Name Description Type Mandatory Default
name A unique name for this target. Name required  
targets List of all targets to be included in the index List of labels optional []



Annotates rust rules with RustAnalyzerInfo later used to build a rust-project.json


Name Type
deps String
proc_macro_deps String
crate String


Name Description Type Mandatory Default
name A unique name for this target. Name required