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app rustup_prompt_helper

A small command line utility that prints the active rustup toolchain for the current working directory

3 stable releases

Uses old Rust 2015

1.1.0 Jan 26, 2017
1.0.1 Dec 13, 2016
1.0.0 Nov 18, 2016



rustup prompt helper

A small command line utility that prints the name of the selected rust toolchain for the current working directory. It helps creating informative command line prompts or scripts where the alternative is piping the output of rustup command through other tools. While that approach is fine it is slower and if you have a busy prompt it can create a noticeable delay every time you press enter.

The output of rustup_prompt_helper should be identical to the following command, as of rustup version 1.0.0

rustup show | tail -n 3 | head -n 1 |  cut -d '-' -f 1

Example usage

You can install rustup_prompt_helper with the cargo. Make sure that cargo's binary directory is part of your PATH environment variable.

cargo install rustup_prompt_helper


Here is simple bash prompt example. Place it in your ~/.bashrc and it will show the currently selected toolchain in the prompt if the directory contains a Cargo.toml file.

function rust_toolchain {
   if [ -f Cargo.toml ]; then
      echo " [rust:$(rustup_prompt_helper)]"

PS1='[\u@\h \W]$(rust_toolchain) \$ '


Fish shell uses the fish_prompt function to create a prompt. It can be customized by creating a .config/fish/functions/fish_prompt.fish file.

For a complete example see my fish prompt config.

Handling errors

All errors are silenced by default. If an error happens the program will simply exit without printing anything. While error silencing is generally not the greatest idea, this program's output should be printed directly into shell prompts and spilling a large error message into a prompt can cause all kinds of trouble.

To see error messages simply pass any argument to the tool like -debug for example.


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