Rust is detected if a Cargo.toml file is found.

Environment Variables#

  • ROCKET_ADDRESS= Allows Rocket apps to accept non-local connections


By default the latest stable version of Rust available in this rust-overlay is used. The version can be overridden with either

  • a .rust-version file
  • The rust-version property of Cargo.toml
  • setting the NIXPACKS_RUST_VERSION environment variable
  • A rust-toolchain.toml file




The Rust provider will build for the musl target by default so that a statically linked binary can be created. This creates a much smaller image size. However, if you do not want to build for the musl target you can set NIXPACKS_NO_MUSL=1.

cargo build --release


If your project has multiple binaries, you can specify which one to run with the NIXPACKS_RUST_BIN environment variable. Optionally, it can override with the default_run property in Cargo.toml under the [package] section.



These directories are cached between builds

  • Build: ~/.cargo/git
  • Build: ~/.cargo/registry
  • Build: target


Nixpacks will auto-detect if you are using Cargo Workspaces. This checks workspace.default_members first and then workspace.members. It also respects the workspace.exclude field.

To set which workspace Nixpacks will build, just set the NIXPACKS_CARGO_WORKSPACE environment variable and Nixpacks will use it as the --package argument.