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Plain text tables, aligned automatically

3 releases

0.1.2 Sep 19, 2018
0.1.1 Sep 18, 2018
0.1.0 Sep 18, 2018

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tabular: plain text tables in Rust

Build Status Crates.io License: MIT License: Apache 2.0

Builds plain, automatically-aligned tables of monospaced text. This is basically what you want if you are implementing ls.


use tabular::{Table, Row};
use std::path::Path;

fn ls(dir: &Path) -> ::std::io::Result<()> {
    let mut table = Table::new("{:>}  {:<}{:<}  {:<}");
    for entry_result in ::std::fs::read_dir(dir)? {
        let entry    = entry_result?;
        let metadata = entry.metadata()?;

             .with_cell(if metadata.permissions().readonly() {"r"} else {""})
             .with_cell(if metadata.is_dir() {"d"} else {""})

    print!("{}", table);



produces something like

1198     target/.rustc_info.json
1120  d  target/doc
 192  d  target/package
1056  d  target/debug

Other features

  • The Table::with_header() and Table::add_header() methods add lines that span all columns.

  • The [row!] macro builds a row with a fixed number of columns using less syntax.

  • The Table::set_line_end() method allows changing the line ending to include a carriage return (or whatever you want).


It's on crates.io, so you can add

tabular = "0.1.2"

to your Cargo.toml.

Feature unicode-width is enabled be default; it depends on the unicode-width crate. You can turn it off with:

tabular = { version = "0.1.2", default-features = false }

Note that without unicode-width, alignment will be based on the count of the std::str::Chars iterator.

This crate supports Rust version 1.18.0 and later.

See also

You may also want:

  • text-tables – This is more automatic than tabular. You give it an array of arrays, it renders a nice table with borders. Tabular doesn't do borders.

  • prettytable — This has an API more similar to tabular’s in terms of building a table, but it does a lot more, including, color, borders, and CSV import.