created_at2022-02-05 23:20:17.754028
updated_at2024-01-15 23:47:51.716448
descriptionSet up a modern rust+react web app by running one command.
Haris (Wulf)



Create Rust App

License: MIT OR Apache-2.0

Set up a modern rust+react web app by running one command. Join us on discord.


  • Rust
  • diesel_cli
    • For SQLite, if you don't wish to dynamically link diesel_cli with your system's libsqlite3, you may run cargo install diesel_cli --no-default-features --features sqlite-bundled.


cargo install create-rust-app_cli

Quick start

create-rust-app my-todo-app
# .. select backend framework, plugins, etc.
# Code-gen resources for your project
cd ./my-todo-app
# .. select resource type / properties


1. Project creation

create-rust-app create <project_name>
  • Run frontend & backend with a single command: cargo fullstack
  • Rust backend
    • One of the following frameworks:
      • actix-web
      • poem (support temporarily on hold, use version 9.2.2: cargo install create-rust-app_cli@9.2.2)
    • Database migrations (using
      • Generate diesel structs and types by running cargo dsync in your project (see codegen section below).
    • Sending mail
    • PostgreSQL, SQLite 3.35+ support
    • ViteJS (blazing fast frontend compile speeds)
    • SSR templating with an option to include bundles that are automatically code-split
      • The /views folder contains all templates
      • The /frontend/bundles folder contains all the bundles which can be included in your views via {{bundle(name="MyBundle.tsx")}}
    • Automatically route to your single page application(s)
      • Use create_rust_app::render_single_page_application("/app","your_spa.html") (if you're using Poem, the parameters are slightly different, an example is provided in the function's documentation)
  • React frontend (or install your own framework!)
    • Typescript, with backend type definition generation (run cargo tsync in your project folder; see codegen section below)
    • Routing (via react-router-dom)
    • Typed react-query hooks generation ($ cd my_project && create-rust-app, then select "Generate react-query hooks")

Available Plugins

  • Authentication (+ Authorization) plugin

    • Add JWT token-based auth with a simple command
    • Session management: restoration of previous session, revoking of refresh tokens
    • Credentials management/recovery
    • Email validation / activation flow
    • Adds frontend UI + react hooks
    • Adds auth service, and user / session models
    • Block your endpoints via Auth guard
    • Follows OWASP security best practices
    • RBAC permissions out of the box (assign roles and permissions to users)
  • Social authentication (OIDC) plugin

    • Adds Oauth2-based authentication (requires auth plugin)
    • Just configure some OIDC providers:
    app.app_data(Data::new(AuthConfig {
      oidc_providers: vec![GOOGLE(

    Then, redirect your users to start the flow!

    <a href={"/api/auth/google"}>Login with Google</a>
  • Container plugin

    • Dockerfile to containerize your rust app into a single image
  • Development plugin

    • View your database via the admin portal at localhost:3000/admin (still in development)
    • A "devbox" on the frontend indicates when the backend is compiling or when the database is not reachable
    • Moreover, the devbox displays when migrations are pending + includes a "run migrations" button
    • In-browser compilation errors and migration checking:
  • Storage plugin

    • Adds Storage extractor which allows you to upload/download files from an S3-compatible object store

    • Seamlessly add single or multiple attachments to your models using Attachment::*!

    • Here are some examples:

      • Adding an avatar to a user in your users table:
      let s3_key = Attachment::attach("avatar", "users", user_id, AttachmentData {
          file_name: "image.png",
          data: bytes
      • Getting the url for the attachment
      let storage: Storage // retreive this via the appropriate extractor in your frameowrk of choice
      let url = storage.download_uri(s3_key)?;

      (note: see Attachment::* and Storage::* for more functionality!)

  • GraphQL plugin

    • Adds all the boilerplate necessary to expose GraphQL
    • Requires the auth plugin: authentication and authorization setup out-of-the-box
    • Find a graphql playground at localhost:3000/graphql
  • Utoipa plugin

    • Uses the utoipa crate to add OpenAPI documentation and serve it in a SwaggerUI playground.
    • Find the playground at http://localhost:3000/swagger-ui/
    • Requires the backend be Actix (for now ;) )
    • check out this page to see how to document your own API endpoints with a variety of backends
    • Has a soft dependency on the Auth plugin
  • Tasks Plugin

    • For running background jobs, currently only supports actix-web and postgresql
    • Uses fang under the hood and all it's features are exposed.
    • Add a task to the queue with create_rust_app::tasks::queue()
    • Run the queue with cargo run --bin tasks
  • Workspace Support (Enabled by default, not tied to a feature flag)

    • allows you to organize your rust app in workspaces, and changes the defaults for the environment variables that specify paths to various important places.
    • to organize you project as a workspace:
      • enable this feature
      • refactor your codebase into workspaces (see #194)
      • Optional: set the following environment variables (paths are relative to the directory you call cargo fullstack/backend/run from)
        • CRA_MANIFEST_PATH: default ./frontend/dist/manifest.json when called from workspace root, ../frontend/dist/manifest.json otherwise.
        • CRA_FRONTEND_DIR: default ./frontend when called from workspace root, ../frontend otherwise.
        • CRA_VIEWS_GLOB: default backend/views/\*\*/\*.html when called from workspace root, views/\*\*/\*.html otherwise.
      • Note that in any non-standard setup, you will need to set the above environment variables to the correct values for your project to ensure correct behavior.

2. Code-gen to reduce boilerplate

cargo dsync
  • Run this commmand to generate diesel model structs and queries in your backend/models folder!
  • See dsync docs here
cargo tsync
  • Run this command to generate typescript types for your rust code marked with #[tsync::tsync]. You'll find the output for this command here: frontend/src/types/rust.d.ts.
  • See tsync docs here
cd my_project && create-rust-app
  • CRUD code-gen to reduce boilerplate
    • Scaffolds the db model, endpoints service file, and hooks it up in your /api!
  • react-query hooks generation for frontend
    • Generates a hook for each handler function defined in the services/ folder
    • Edit generated hooks afterwards -- they won't be regenerated unless you delete (or rename) the hook!

Walkthrough (old)



Questions and comments are welcome in the issues section!

If you're experiencing slow compilation time, make sure there isn't any bloat in the template files (look for node_modules or typescript / parcel caches and delete them). Moreover, you can try using the mold linker which may also improve compilation times.

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