How To Install Rust On Ubuntu 16.04

How To Install Rust On Ubuntu 16.04


What is Rust? Quoting Rust website:

Rust is a system programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevent segfaults and guarantees thread safety.

Several features of Rust language:

  • zero-cost abstraction
  • move semantics
  • guarantted memory safety
  • threads without data races
  • trait-based generics
  • Pattern matching
  • Type inference
  • Minimal runtime
  • Efficient C bindings

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to install Rust on Ubuntu 16.04. We’ll install Rust from Ubuntu repository and also install latest stable version of Rust from Rust website.

Install Rust from Ubuntu Repository

Update repository metadata using command below

$ sudo apt-get update

Install rust using command below

$ sudo apt-get install rustc

This will install rustc and required dependencies.

install rust ubuntu 16.04

Press Y to continue.

After installation finished we can check rustc version using -V flag.

$ rustc -V
rustc 1.15.1

Install Latest Version of Rust on Ubuntu 16.04

We already installed Rust from Ubuntu Repository, the version shipped with Ubuntu is not always the latest stable version.

To install latest stable version of Rust we can install it from Rust website using custom install script.

Run command below to install latest stable version of Rust

$ curl -sSf | sh

Since we already have Rust installed it will give us error message:

info: downloading installer
error: it looks like you have an existing installation of Rust at:
error: /usr/bin
error: rustup cannot be installed alongside Rust. Please uninstall first
error: if this is what you want, restart the installation with `-y'
error: cannot install while Rust is installed

The installer cannot continue since it detect a rust compiler installed on /usr/bin. Let’s remove rust that we installed from Ubuntu repository using command below.

$ sudo apt-get -y remove rustc

Remove unused applications that was installed as rustc package dependencies.

$ sudo apt -y autoremove

Now let’s install rust. Please note that this will install Rust on our home directory so Rust will only available for our current user and not for all users on the system.

$ curl -sSf | sh
info: downloading installer

Welcome to Rust!

This will download and install the official compiler for the Rust programming 
language, and its package manager, Cargo.

It will add the cargo, rustc, rustup and other commands to Cargo's bin 
directory, located at:


This path will then be added to your PATH environment variable by modifying the
profile file located at:


You can uninstall at any time with rustup self uninstall and these changes will
be reverted.

Current installation options:

   default host triple: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
     default toolchain: stable
  modify PATH variable: yes

1) Proceed with installation (default)
2) Customize installation
3) Cancel installation

Choose 1

info: syncing channel updates for 'stable-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu'
info: latest update on 2017-07-20, rust version 1.19.0 (0ade33941 2017-07-17)
info: downloading component 'rustc'
 37.6 MiB /  37.6 MiB (100 %)   5.5 MiB/s ETA:   0 s                
info: downloading component 'rust-std'
 55.6 MiB /  55.6 MiB (100 %)   5.4 MiB/s ETA:   0 s                
info: downloading component 'cargo'
info: downloading component 'rust-docs'
info: installing component 'rustc'
info: installing component 'rust-std'
info: installing component 'cargo'
info: installing component 'rust-docs'
info: default toolchain set to 'stable'

  stable installed - rustc 1.19.0 (0ade33941 2017-07-17)

Rust is installed now. Great!

To get started you need Cargo's bin directory ($HOME/.cargo/bin) in your PATH 
environment variable. Next time you log in this will be done automatically.

To configure your current shell run source $HOME/.cargo/env

Latest stable version of Rust installed. At the time of this writing the latest stable versionis 1.19.0

We need to run load Cargo’s bin directory located in $HOME/.cargo/bin to get started

$ source $HOME/.cargo/env

Let’s check rust version installed

$ rustc -V
rustc 1.19.0 (0ade33941 2017-07-17)

Check where rustc installed

$ which rustc

Hello Rust from Xenial

Create new file named with contents below:

fn main() {

    println!("Hello Rust From Xenial! - howtodojo");

Compile the source code using command below

$ rustc 

This time we will get error message similar to output below

error: could not exec the linker `cc`: No such file or directory (os error 2)

This is because Rust doesn’t have its own linker so we need to install gcc to help rust compiling code. Let’s install gcc

$ sudo apt-get install gcc

Compile the code

$ rustc 

The result will be named hello. When we check the file type we will get it’s a Linux ELF 64-bit file.

$ file hello
hello: ELF 64-bit LSB shared object, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked, interpreter /lib64/, for GNU/Linux 2.6.32, BuildID[sha1]=65a62f130512190581f42c8d7b23265072442624, not stripped

Now let’s run our first rust program

$ ./hello
Hello Rust From Xenial! - howtodojo


In this tutorial we learned how-to install Rust from Ubuntu repository. We also learned installing latest stable version of Rust using a script from Rust website.

We also created our first Hello Rust application and compile it. Have fun with Rust!

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