#graphviz #dot #graph #ffi #c

sys graphviz-ffi

FFI bindings for the graphviz C lib generated with rust-bindgen

3 releases

0.1.2 Sep 14, 2021
0.1.1 Jul 29, 2020
0.1.0 Jul 29, 2020

#421 in Visualization

MIT license



FFI bindings for the Graphviz C library generated with Rust-bindgen. Very unsafe and not very usable in my opinion.

Other similar crates

I discovered that the graphviz-sys crate (which is almost exactly the same as this crate) existed when I decided to publish this crate on crates.io. Nevertheless I decided to publish it since I'd like (one day) to crate safe API bindings for the graphviz library. Any help with that would be appreciated.

How to use

One example of use of the graphviz C library (from this document, although slightly modified) is

#include <graphviz/gvc.h>

int main(int argc, char**argv){
    FILE *fp;
    if (argc > 1)
        fp = fopen(argv[1], "r");
        fp = stdin;

    GVC_t *gvc = gvContext();
    Agraph_t *g = agread(fp, 0);

    gvLayout(gvc, g, "dot");
    gvRender(gvc, g, "plain", stdout);

    gvFreeLayout(gvc, g);

    return gvFreeContext(gvc);

A similar Rust code would be

use graphviz_ffi::{
    agclose, agread, fopen, gvContext, gvFreeContext, gvFreeLayout, gvLayout, gvRender, stdin,

macro_rules! to_c_string {
    ($str:expr) => {

fn main() {
    unsafe {
        let fp = match std::env::args().nth(1) {
            Some(path) => fopen(to_c_string!(path), to_c_string!("r")),
            None => stdin,

        let gvc = gvContext();
        let g = agread(fp as _, 0 as _);

        gvLayout(gvc, g, to_c_string!("dot"));
        gvRender(gvc, g, to_c_string!("plain"), stdout);

        gvFreeLayout(gvc, g);


No runtime deps

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