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Command line and library for generating Rust types from Avro schemas

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A command line tool and library for generating serde-compatible Rust types from Avro schemas. The apache-avro crate, which is re-exported, provides a way to read and write Avro data with such types.

Command line usage

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Available options rsgen-avro --help:

Generate Rust types from Avro schemas


  <GLOB_PATTERN>  Glob pattern to select Avro schema files
  <OUTPUT_FILE>   The file where Rust types will be written, '-' for stdout

      --fmt              Run rustfmt on the resulting <output-file>
      --nullable         Replace null fields with their default value when deserializing
      --precision <P>    Precision for f32/f64 default values that aren't round numbers [default: 3]
      --union-deser      Custom deserialization for apache-avro multi-valued union types
      --chrono-dates     Use chrono::NaiveDateTime for date/timestamps logical types
      --derive-builders  Derive builders for generated record structs
      --derive-schemas   Derive AvroSchema for generated record structs
  -h, --help             Print help
  -V, --version          Print version

Library usage

As a libray, the basic usage is:

use rsgen_avro::{Source, Generator};

let raw_schema = r#"
    "type": "record",
    "name": "test",
    "fields": [
        {"name": "a", "type": "long", "default": 42},
        {"name": "b", "type": "string"}

let source = Source::SchemaStr(&raw_schema);
let mut out = std::io::stdout();

let g = Generator::new().unwrap();
g.gen(&source, &mut out).unwrap();

This will generate the following output:

#[derive(Debug, PartialEq, Eq, Clone, serde::Deserialize, serde::Serialize)]
pub struct Test {
    #[serde(default = "default_test_a")]
    pub a: i64,
    pub b: String,

fn default_test_a() -> i64 { 42 }

Various Schema sources can be used with Generator::gen(source, output) method:

pub enum Source<'a> {
    Schema(&'a rsgen_avro::Schema),    // Avro schema enum re-exported from `apache-avro`
    Schemas(&'a [rsgen_avro::Schema]), // A slice of Avro schema enums
    SchemaStr(&'a str),                // Schema as a json string
    GlobPattern(&'a str),              // Glob pattern to select schema files

Note also that the Generator can be customized with a builder:

let gen = rsgen_avro::Generator::builder()

See GeneratorBuilder documentation for all available options.


  • Avro schema namespace fields are ignored, therefore record names within a schema (and across schemas) must not conflict (i.e. must be unique).
  • Rust Option<T> are supported through Avro unions having "null" in their first position only (See #39)


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