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Bindings to D-Bus, which is a bus commonly used on Linux for inter-process communication

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D-Bus bindings for Rust

crates.io API documentation license

The main dbus crate is fairly mature and the features you need should be all there. Breaking changes can still happen, but not often. If you're currently using 0.6.x of dbus and want to upgrade to 0.7.x, you can read changes in dbus-rs 0.7.

  • Use Connection to connect to the system or session bus.
  • Use Message to send and receive messages. Get and append arguments of all types (including Unix Fd), see the argument guide for details.
  • Build method dispatching servers using the tree module. Standard D-Bus interfaces (introspection, properties, object manager) are supported.

If you have questions or comments that the documentation cannot answer in an easy way, filing an issue with your question is fine. Pull requests that improve the code, documentation, etc, are welcome!

Additional crates

  • dbus-codegen installs a binary tool which generates Rust code from D-Bus XML introspection data. The readme contains an introduction to how to use it.
  • libdbus-sys contains the raw FFI bindings to libdbus.
  • dbus-tokio integrates D-Bus with Tokio. It will be deprecated or rewritten from scratch when Tokio has caught up with std::future and async/await. API documentation



This example opens a connection to the session bus and asks for a list of all names currently present.

let conn = Connection::new_session()?;
let obj = conn.with_path("org.freedesktop.DBus", "/", 5000);
let (names,): (Vec<String>,) = obj.method_call("org.freedesktop.DBus", "ListNames", ())?;
for name in names { println!("{}", name); }

You can try a similar example (which has more comments) by running:

cargo run --example client


This example grabs the com.example.dbustest bus name, registers the /hello path and adds a method which returns a string. It then listens for incoming D-Bus events and handles them accordingly.

let c = Connection::new_session()?;
c.request_name("com.example.dbustest", false, true, false)?;
let f = Factory::new_fn::<()>();
let tree = f.tree(())
    .add(f.object_path("/hello", ()).introspectable()
        .add(f.interface("com.example.dbustest", ())
            .add_m(f.method("Hello", (), |m| {
                let n: &str = m.msg.read1()?;
                let s = format!("Hello {}!", n);
    ).add(f.object_path("/", ()).introspectable());
loop { c.process(Duration::from_millis(1000))?; }

You can try a similar example (which has more comments) by running:

cargo run --example server

Or a more advanced server example:

cargo run --example adv_server

More examples are available in the examples directory.


Libdbus 1.6 or higher, and latest stable release of Rust. If you run Ubuntu, this translates to Ubuntu 14.04 or later, having the libdbus-1-dev and pkg-config packages installed while building, and the libdbus-1-3 package installed while running.

However, if you enable the feature no-string-validation, you might be able to build and run with older versions of the D-Bus library. This feature skips an extra check that a specific string (e g a Path, ErrorName etc) conforms to the D-Bus specification, which might also make things a tiny bit faster. But - if you do so, and then actually send invalid strings to the D-Bus library, you might get a panic instead of a proper error.

Cross compiling libdbus might be tricky because it binds to a C library, there are some notes here.


Apache 2.0 / MIT dual licensed. Any PR you make is assumed to have this license.