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A cargo extension for specifying supported targets for a crate

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cargo-ft (cargo filter target) is a cargo extension for specifying supported targets for a crate.


When your workspace grows, you can have crates targeting different platforms. For example, you can have a crate for desktop platforms (Linux, Windows and MacOS), a crate for Android and a crate for WASM. When you run cargo check/clippy in your CI, you must manually include/exclude some crates when checking for Linux, for Android and for WASM. You also need to update the inclusion/exclusion list of crates when adding or removing crates in your workspace.

This cargo extension allows you to declare the supported targets directly in the Cargo.toml so they can be skipped during build, or error early when asking to build the crate explicitly. Using the previously mentioned workspace with 3 crates, executing cargo ft check --target x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu will only check the desktop crate while executing cargo ft check --target wasm32-unknown-unknown will only check the wasm crate.


Use cargo to install cargo-ft.

cargo install --locked cargo-ft


By default, if the metadata is missing or empty, the tool assumes the crate supports all targets.

If you want to control the supported targets, start by declaring the supported targets of your crates in their Cargo.toml like this :

targets = ["wasm32-unknown-unknown"]

Then, prefix your build, check, clippy or run command, or any command where you can specify a target with ft to filter unsupported targets.

Some examples :

# Run cargo build on crates supporting the host target
cargo ft build # Instead of cargo build

# Run cargo clippy on crates supporting wasm32
cargo ft clippy --workspace --all-targets --all-features --target wasm32-unknown-unknown -- -D warnings # Instead of cargo clippy ...

This tool was created in response to a need we encountered with multi-targets workspace with lots of binaries. The following issues shows us we are not alone, even if the needs are probably not exactly the same :

All those issues mention the need to slim down the Cargo.lock with only target relevant dependencies. It is not done in this extension because either you only use cargo-ft for everything, or cargo and cargo-ft will fight every time changing the Cargo.lock. This feature is probably only doable directly in cargo.


Pull requests are welcome. For major changes, please open an issue first to discuss what you would like to change.

Please make sure to update tests as appropriate.

Please make sure to use conventional commits


This project is licensed under the Apache-2.0 license.

See LICENSE and NOTICE for details.


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