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std::detect - Rust's standard library run-time CPU feature detection

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The private std::detect module implements run-time feature detection in Rust's standard library. This allows detecting whether the CPU the binary runs on supports certain features, like SIMD instructions.


std::detect APIs are available as part of libstd. Prefer using it via the standard library than through this crate. Unstable features of std::detect are available on nightly Rust behind the feature(stdsimd) feature-gate.

If you need run-time feature detection in #[no_std] environments, Rust core library cannot help you. By design, Rust core is platform independent, but performing run-time feature detection requires a certain level of cooperation from the platform.

You can then manually include std_detect as a dependency to get similar run-time feature detection support than the one offered by Rust's standard library. We intend to make std_detect more flexible and configurable in this regard to better serve the needs of #[no_std] targets.


  • std_detect_dlsym_getauxval (enabled by default, requires libc): Enable to use libc::dlsym to query whether getauxval is linked into the binary. When this is not the case, this feature allows other fallback methods to perform run-time feature detection. When this feature is disabled, std_detect assumes that getauxval is linked to the binary. If that is not the case the behavior is undefined.

  • std_detect_file_io (enabled by default, requires std): Enable to perform run-time feature detection using file APIs (e.g. /proc/cpuinfo, etc.) if other more performant methods fail. This feature requires libstd as a dependency, preventing the crate from working on applications in which std is not available.

Platform support

  • All x86/x86_64 targets are supported on all platforms by querying the cpuid instruction directly for the features supported by the hardware and the operating system. std_detect assumes that the binary is an user-space application. If you need raw support for querying cpuid, consider using the cupid crate.

  • Linux:

    • arm{32, 64}, mips{32,64}{,el}, powerpc{32,64}{,le}: std_detect supports these on Linux by querying ELF auxiliary vectors (using getauxval when available), and if that fails, by querying /proc/cpuinfo.
    • arm64: partial support for doing run-time feature detection by directly querying mrs is implemented for Linux >= 4.11, but not enabled by default.
  • FreeBSD:

    • arm64: run-time feature detection is implemented by directly querying mrs.


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