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crates.io docs.rs

js-sandbox is a Rust library for executing JavaScript code from Rust in a secure sandbox. It is based on the Deno project and uses serde_json for serialization.

This library's primary focus is embedding JS as a scripting language into Rust. It does not provide all possible integrations between the two languages, and is not tailored to JS's biggest domain as a client/server side language of the web.

Instead, js-sandbox focuses on calling standalone JS code from Rust, and tries to remain as simple as possible in doing so. The typical use case is a core Rust application that integrates with scripts from external users, for example a plugin system or a game that runs external mods.

This library is in early development, with a basic but powerful API. The API may still evolve considerably.


Print from JavaScript

The Hello World example -- print something using JavaScript -- is one line, as it should be:

fn main() {
    js_sandbox::eval_json("console.log('Hello Rust from JS')").expect("JS runs");

Call a JS function

A very basic application calls a JavaScript function sub() from Rust. It passes an argument and accepts a return value, both serialized via JSON:

use js_sandbox::{Script, AnyError};

fn main() -> Result<(), AnyError> {
    let js_code = "function sub(a, b) { return a - b; }";
    let mut script = Script::from_string(js_code)?;

    let result: i32 = script.call("sub", (7, 5))?;

    assert_eq!(result, 2);

An example that serializes a JSON object (Rust -> JS) and formats a string (JS -> Rust):

use js_sandbox::{Script, AnyError};
use serde::Serialize;

struct Person {
    name: String,
    age: u8,

fn main() -> Result<(), AnyError> {
    let src = r#"
        function toString(person) {
            return "A person named " + person.name + " of age " + person.age;

    let mut script = Script::from_string(src)?;

    let person = Person { name: "Roger".to_string(), age: 42 };
    let result: String = script.call("toString", (person,))?;

    assert_eq!(result, "A person named Roger of age 42");

Load JS file

JavaScript files can be loaded from any Path at runtime (e.g. 3rd party mods).

If you want to statically embed UTF-8 encoded files in the Rust binary, you can alternatively use the std::include_str macro.

use js_sandbox::Script;

fn main() {
    // (1) at runtime:
    let mut script = Script::from_file("script.js").expect("load + init succeeds");

    // (2) at compile time:
    let code: &'static str = include_str!("script.js");
    let mut script = Script::from_string(code).expect("init succeeds");

    // use script as usual

Maintain state in JavaScript

It is possible to initialize a stateful JS script, and then use functions to modify that state over time. This example appends a string in two calls, and then gets the result in a third call:

use js_sandbox::{Script, AnyError};

fn main() -> Result<(), AnyError> {
    let src = r#"
        var total = '';
        function append(str) { total += str; }
        function get()       { return total; }"#;

    let mut script = Script::from_string(src)?;

    let _: () = script.call("append", ("hello",))?;
    let _: () = script.call("append", (" world",))?;
    let result: String = script.call("get", ())?;

    assert_eq!(result, "hello world");

Call a script with timeout

The JS code may contain long- or forever-running loops that block Rust code. It is possible to set a timeout, after which JavaScript execution is aborted.

use js_sandbox::{Script, JsError};

fn main() -> Result<(), JsError> {
    use std::time::Duration;
    let js_code = "function run_forever() { for(;;) {} }";
    let mut script = Script::from_string(js_code)?

    let result: Result<String, JsError> = script.call("run_forever", ());

        "Uncaught Error: execution terminated".to_string()



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