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Generated SDKs for Rust now available on the Buf Schema Registry

Jun 13, 2024/4 min read

Authored by Stefan VanBuren

We’re excited to announce that in addition to Go, JavaScript/TypeScript, Java/Kotlin, Python, and Swift, the Buf Schema Registry now provides generated SDKs for Rust. Our Rust SDK crates are available natively to the Rust ecosystem using a custom crate registry that’s powered by our zero-dependency remote plugins platform. For Rust SDKs, we’re now offering the popular community-maintained neoeinstein-prost and neoeinstein-tonic compiler wrappers for the widely used Prost and Tonic projects.

How we did it

All of our generated SDKs provide native integration with ecosystem package management tooling, which for the Rust ecosystem means Cargo.

To date, our other integrations have relied on lazy source code generation, which entails waiting for a request for a specific package version, either fetching the generated package from the cache or running code generation on the fly, returning the package, and caching it for future requests.

A challenge we encountered with Rust is that Cargo’s index pages require a checksum to exist for all crate versions, meaning that to populate an index version, we’d need to have already created the .crate file and hashed it. We wanted to be able to generate an SDK for any combination of module commit and plugin version, but we wanted to avoid needing to pre-generate all possible combinations (which is what we would need to do to precompute all the necessary checksums) because most combinations would never be used.

To balance Cargo’s requirement for a checksum with our desire to not generate everything up front, the Buf Schema Registry only pre-generates SDKs for module commit and plugin version combinations that we have evidence a consumer is interested in. On the initial request of a crate index page (typically triggered by a cargo add, which you can find on the SDKs tab of your repository), we register interest in that repository, causing new pushes to the default label to automatically enqueue for generation. (And generation is fast—you’ll never notice a significant lag between a push and the version available in the index.)

Additionally, by navigating to labels and commits in your repository, generation is queued for those commits and labels (and future commits to the same labels), ensuring your selected version is available in the crate index. All of this is explained in our Cargo docs—let us know if anything isn’t clear.

Example usage

Here’s a quick example using generated SDKs for Rust to query the BSR’s Registry API for information about an organization (specifically, our own bufbuild organization).

To start with, create a new Rust project:

$ cargo new buf-test
$ cd buf-test
$ mkdir .cargo

Next, edit the .cargo/config.toml file in your project to add Buf as a new Cargo registry. (You can find all of these steps easily by visiting the SDKs page for your repository and selecting Rust.) Your .cargo/config.toml file should look like this:

# .cargo/config.toml
index = "sparse+"
credential-provider = "cargo:token"

Next, create an authentication token to securely authenticate with the BSR, substituting your <token>:

$ cargo login --registry buf "Bearer <token>"

From there, you need to add a few dependencies:

$ # Add our generated SDKs!
$ cargo add --registry buf bufbuild_registry_community_neoeinstein-prost
$ cargo add --registry buf bufbuild_registry_community_neoeinstein-tonic
$ cargo add tonic --features tls-roots # Enable the features we need
$ cargo add tokio --features macros,rt-multi-thread # Async runtime

Next, you need some client code to interact with the API. In src/, add the following code:

use bufbuild_registry_community_neoeinstein_prost::buf::registry::owner::v1::{
    organization_ref::Value, GetOrganizationsRequest, OrganizationRef,
use bufbuild_registry_community_neoeinstein_tonic::buf::registry::owner::v1::tonic::organization_service_client::OrganizationServiceClient;

async fn main() -> Result<(), Box<dyn std::error::Error>> {
    let mut client = OrganizationServiceClient::connect("").await?;
    let get_organizations_response = client
        .get_organizations(tonic::Request::new(GetOrganizationsRequest {
            organization_refs: vec![OrganizationRef {
                value: Some(Value::Name("bufbuild".into())),

    let bufbuild_org = get_organizations_response.into_inner().organizations[0].to_owned();
        "The {} org was created at {} (unix time)",,


Finally, you can run the client, getting information about the bufbuild organization from

$ cargo run
# ... more output ...
The bufbuild org was created at 1622148241 (unix time)

$ date -r 1622148241
Thu May 27 16:44:01 EDT 2021

This is our initial foray into the Rust world—we welcome your feedback, so get in touch on our Slack channel or shoot us an email at with questions and suggestions!

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