This guide assumes a Linux like environment. Although, the commands should be easily modified to other environments.

Install Rust

The easiest way to install Rust and its associated tooling is with Rustup. The second command is needed to updated the current shell.

$ curl -sSf | sh
$ source $HOME/.cargo/env

Because these are relatively new targets, it is best to use the nightly release of Rust in order to get recent improvements.

$ rustup install nightly
$ rustup default nightly

Next we must install the asm.js and WebAssembly targets.

$ rustup target add asmjs-unknown-emscripten
$ rustup target add wasm32-unknown-emscripten

Install Emscripten

Download and extract the the portable Emscripten SDK in the emsdk_portable folder run the following:

Note: git, cmake and g++ must be installed. They can probably be easily installed with your OS's package manager.

$ source ./
$ emsdk update
$ emsdk install sdk-incoming-64bit
$ emsdk activate sdk-incoming-64bit

After going through the installation process, we can simply source the file to add the Emscripten toolchain to our path. This is necessary before compiling Rust code to the asm.js or WebAssembly targets. The second line checks that the Emscripten compiler (emcc) is available and its version (1.37.3 of the time of this writing).

$ source <path/to>/
$ emcc --version

Hello World!

Now let's verify our toolchain setup with a simple "Hello World!" example.

Create a new file called and paste the following.

fn main() {
    println!("Hello World!");

Now compile the file with the asm.js target.

$ rustc --target=asmjs-unknown-emscripten -o hello.html

This should produce two files a hello.js file and a hello.html file open the hello.html in a browser and you should see "Hello World!" printed in the console. Congratulations, you are running Rust in the browser!

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