Each toolchain has several "components", some of which are required (like
rustc) and some that are optional (like
rustup component command is used to manage the installed components. For example,
rustup component list to see a list of available and installed
Components can be added when installing a toolchain with the
flag. For example:
rustup toolchain install nightly --component rust-docs
Components can be added to an already-installed toolchain with the
rustup component command:
rustup component add rust-docs
To make it easier to choose which components are installed,
rustup has the
concept of "profiles" which provide named groupings of different components.
See the Profiles chapter for more detail.
Most components have a target-triple suffix, such as
rustc-x86_64-apple-darwin, to signify the platform the component is for.
The set of available components may vary with different releases and toolchains. The following is an overview of the different components:
rustc— The Rust compiler.
cargo— Cargo is a package manager and build tool.
rustfmt— Rustfmt is a tool for automatically formatting code.
rust-std— This is the Rust standard library. There is a separate
rust-stdcomponent for each target that
rustcsupports, such as
rust-std-x86_64-pc-windows-msvc. See the Cross-compilation chapter for more detail.
rust-docs— This is a local copy of the Rust documentation. Use the
rustup doccommand to open the documentation in a web browser. Run
rustup doc --helpfor more options.
rls— RLS is a language server that provides support for editors and IDEs.
clippy— Clippy is a lint tool that provides extra checks for common mistakes and stylistic choices.
miri— Miri is an experimental Rust interpreter, which can be used for checking for undefined-behavior.
rust-src— This is a local copy of the source code of the Rust standard library. This can be used by some tools, such as RLS, to provide auto-completion for functions within the standard library; Miri which is a Rust interpreter; and Cargo's experimental build-std feature, which allows you to rebuild the standard library locally.
rust-analysis— Metadata about the standard library, used by tools like RLS.
rust-mingw— This contains a linker and platform libraries for building on the
llvm-tools-preview— This is an experimental component which contains a collection of LLVM tools.
rustc-dev— This component contains the compiler as a library. Most users will not need this; it is only needed for development of tools that link to the compiler, such as making modifications to Clippy.
Not all components are available for all toolchains. Especially on the nightly channel, some components may not be included if they are in a broken state. The current status of all the components may be found on the rustup components history page. See the Nightly availability section for more details.