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Cargo downloads your Rust project’s dependencies and compiles your project.

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Installing Cargo

Cargo is distributed by default with Rust, so if you've got rustc installed locally you probably also have cargo installed locally.

If, however, you would like to install Cargo from the nightly binaries that are generated, you may also do so! Note that these nightlies are not official binaries, so they are only provided in one format with one installation method. Each tarball below contains a top-level script to install Cargo.

Note that if you're on Windows you will have to run the script from inside an MSYS shell, likely from a MinGW-64 installation.

Compiling from Source

Cargo requires the following tools and packages to build:

  • rustc
  • python
  • curl (on Unix)
  • cmake
  • OpenSSL headers (only for Unix, this is the libssl-dev package on ubuntu)

Cargo can then be compiled like many other standard unix-like projects:

git clone
cd cargo
git submodule update --init
python -B src/etc/
./configure --local-rust-root="$PWD"/rustc
make install

More options can be discovered through ./configure, such as compiling cargo for more than one target. For example, if you'd like to compile both 32 and 64 bit versions of cargo on unix you would use:

$ ./configure --target=i686-unknown-linux-gnu,x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu

Adding new subcommands to Cargo

Cargo is designed to be extensible with new subcommands without having to modify Cargo itself. See the Wiki page for more details and a list of known community-developed subcommands.

Contributing to the Docs

To contribute to the docs, all you need to do is change the markdown files in the src/doc directory.

Reporting Issues

Found a bug? We'd love to know about it!

Please report all issues on the github issue tracker.


Cargo is primarily distributed under the terms of both the MIT license and the Apache License (Version 2.0).


Third party software

This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit (

In binary form, this product includes software that is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2, with a linking exception, which can be obtained from the upstream repository.