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Compile Cargo project with zig as linker

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Compile Cargo project with zig as linker for easier cross compiling.


cargo install cargo-zigbuild

You can also install it using pip which will also install ziglang automatically:

pip install cargo-zigbuild

We also provide a Docker image which has macOS SDK pre-installed in addition to cargo-zigbuild and Rust, for example to build for x86_64 macOS:

docker run --rm -it -v $(pwd):/io -w /io messense/cargo-zigbuild \
  cargo zigbuild --release --target x86_64-apple-darwin

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  1. Install zig following the official documentation, on macOS, Windows and Linux you can also install zig from PyPI via pip3 install ziglang
  2. Install Rust target via rustup, for example, rustup target add aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu
  3. Run cargo zigbuild, for example, cargo zigbuild --target aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu

Specify glibc version

cargo zigbuild supports passing glibc version in --target option, for example, to compile for glibc 2.17 with the aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu target:

cargo zigbuild --target aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu.2.17


  1. Currently only Linux, macOS and Windows gnu targets are supported, other target platforms can be added if you can make it work, pull requests are welcome.
  2. Only current Rust stable and nightly versions are regularly tested on CI, other versions may not work.

Known upstream zig issues:

  1. zig cc: parse -target and -mcpu/-march/-mtune flags according to clang: Some Rust targets aren't recognized by zig cc, for example armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf
  2. glibc 2.27 or older: fcntl64 not found, but zig's glibc headers refer it
  3. zig cc does not define aarch64 outline atomics


This work is released under the MIT license. A copy of the license is provided in the LICENSE file.

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