#path #applications #directory #configuration #data #extend #dirs-next


Additional functions for application paths, based on the dirs-next crate

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0.1.1 Mar 2, 2021
0.1.0 Mar 2, 2021

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Crate xdirs

Additional functions for application paths, based on dirs-next.

MIT License Minimum Rust Version crates.io docs.rs Build Audit GitHub stars

This crate extends the set of paths used by an application to store data and configuration. It compliments functions such as cache_dir, config_dir, and data_dir with versions with a suffix _for that take an application name. It is not the case that, for all of such paths, it is safe to append an application name to the generic path, and so these additional functions will ensure the correct construction of the application-specific path.

This is an alternative to the directories-next and maintains a closer interface to dirs-next.

Generic Form dirs Application-Specific Form
cache_dir Yes cache_dir_for
config_dir Yes config_dir_for
data_dir Yes data_dir_for
data_local_dir Yes data_local_dir_for
favorites_dir No favorites_dir_for
log_dir No log_dir_for
preference_dir No preference_dir_for
template_dir Yes template_dir_for

The column dirs denotes whether the generic form is present in the dirs or dirs-next crate.


use xdirs::{application_dir, config_dir_for, log_dir_for};

const APP_NAME: &str = env!("CARGO_PKG_NAME");

let where_is_my_app_installed = application_dir();
let where_do_i_read_my_config = config_dir_for(APP_NAME);
let where_do_i_write_log_files = log_dir_for(APP_NAME);

Additional Functions

The following may be used to determine the location for installed applications.

  • application_dir
  • application_shared_dir
  • user_application_dir

Finally, for systems that support a notion of an application container or bundle, the following will provide the location to these directories. Currently these only provide values on macOS.

  • app_container_dir_for
  • app_container_executable_dir_for
  • user_app_container_dir_for
  • user_app_container_executable_dir_for

As is the case for dirs-next, this library provides the location of these directories by leveraging the mechanisms defined by


Version 0.1.1

  • Added: example and text to README.
  • Fixed: documentation links and table of functions.

Version 0.1.0

  • Initial version: all primary functions tested on Linux (Ubuntu), macOS, and Windows.
  • Documentation: included function doc with the same form as dirs_next.


  • Support WASM target, dist-next does.
  • Look into flatpack, app-image, or snap app container support.