created_at2023-07-08 11:28:01.903324
updated_at2023-11-25 01:50:28.493782
descriptionEffortlessly embed TOML files into your Rust code as static data with custom data structures.
Piepmatz (cptpiepmatz)




Effortlessly embed TOML files into your Rust code as static data with custom data structures.

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Embed TOML files into your Rust binaries via a procedural macro. This library enables the inclusion of TOML files at compile-time and generates static data structures that can be directly accessed by your Rust code without the need for runtime parsing.

Key Features

  • πŸ“ Embed TOML configuration files effortlessly.
  • πŸ”¨ Generate reliable Rust data structures to represent your TOML contents.
  • πŸ”§ Customize your generated types with prefixes and suffixes for flexibility.
  • 🚦 Enjoy clear and concise compile-time error messages for easier debugging.


First, make sure to add static-toml to your Cargo.toml dependencies: Either by command line:

cargo add static-toml

Or by adding it to your Cargo.toml directly:

static-toml = "1"

Then, make use of the static_toml! macro to include your TOML file:

# message.toml

welcome = "Welcome to our application!"
update = "Your data has been updated successfully."

file_not_found = "The requested file could not be found."
permission_denied = "You do not have permission to perform this action."
static_toml::static_toml! {
    static MESSAGES = include_toml!("messages.toml");

const WELCOME_MESSAGE: &str =;

This will read your TOML file and generate Rust data structures accordingly. Now you can access the values from the TOML file with ease.

In addition to using static, the static_toml! macro also allows the use of const for embedding TOML data. This can be particularly useful in scenarios where a constant value is required, such as within const functions or for const generics. To use this feature, simply replace static with const in the macro call when necessary.

Customization Options

You can configure how the macro should generate data types:

static_toml! {
        prefix = Prefix, 
        suffix = Suffix, 
        root_mod = cfg, 
        values_ident = items, 
        prefer_slices = false
    static CONFIG = include_toml!("config.toml");
  • prefix: Adds a prefix to the generated data types. It's recommended to use PascalCase for the prefix.

  • suffix: Similar to prefix, but it’s a suffix.

  • root_mod: Sets the identifier for the root module that will contain the data types for the TOML file.

  • values_ident: When generating data types for arrays, this specifies a different name for the modules and data types (default is values).

  • prefer_slices: Determines whether the macro should generate fixed-size slices for arrays. If set to false, tuples will be generated (default is true).

Enhancing Your Types

You can use doc comments, derive attributes, and other attributes. Additionally, you can set visibility. Your code can be clean and descriptive.

static_toml! {
    /// The configuration.
    pub static CONFIG = include_toml!("config.toml");

Error Handling

Encounter compile errors? No worries. static-toml provides informative error messages, whether it's TOML parsing or file access issues.


Suppose you have a simple TOML file like this:

# config.toml
url = "localhost"
port = 5432

Use the static_toml! macro:

static_toml! {
    static CONFIG = include_toml!("config.toml");

And just like that, you have Rust data structures ready to use.

assert_eq!(CONFIG.database.url, "localhost");
assert_eq!(CONFIG.database.port, 5432);
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