#protobuf #prost #serde #derive


A prost toolkit to build protobuf with extra derive/attrs support

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Uses new Rust 2021

0.5.0 Oct 7, 2022
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Two crates are provided to facilitate prost to better work with protobuf:

  • prost-serde: help you to generate serde compatible code with prost and protobuf files. More in documentation.
  • prost-helper: macros and functions to facilitate prost. More in documentation.

Using prost-helper in a Cargo Project

First, add prost-serde and prost-helper to your Cargo.toml:

prost-helper = "0.6"

prost-serde = "0.3"

Then copy the default_build_config.json to your project and customize it. See more information in prost-serde/examples/build_config.json. Then you could add this in your build.rs:

fn main() {
    let json = include_str!("path/to/your/build_config.json");

That's it!

If you'd like to generate the implementation for From trait to Vec<u8>, or TryFrom trait from Vec<u8> to protobuf data structure, you could use prost_into_vec! and vec_try_into_prost! macros. Here is an example:

use prost::Message;
use std::convert::TryInto;

#[derive(Clone, PartialEq, Eq, Message)]
pub struct Hello {
    #[prost(string, tag = "1")]
    pub msg: String,

// implement the traits
prost_into_vec!(Hello, 32);

let hello = Hello::default();

// use `Into` to convert message to `Vec<u8>`
let data: Vec<u8> = hello.into();

// use `TryInto` to convert `Vec<u8>` back to message
let hello_result: Result<Hello, prost::DecodeError> = data.try_into();

Have fun with prost!


prost-helper is distributed under the terms of MIT.

See LICENSE for details.

Copyright 2021 Tyr Chen


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