Building WASM with Rust

There are several options to build Rust into WebAssembly. cargo-web was the preferred way for yew, but nowadays yew also supports wasm-bindgen and this opens up some possibilities for javascript interop.

First, you will need to install some tools:

cargo install wasm-pack
yarn global add parcel
yarn add -D

Write some of the dependencies into Cargo.toml, use versions at least as specified here to enable wasm-bindgen support.

yew = "0.7.0"
stdweb = "0.4.17"
console_error_panic_hook = "0.1.6"
log = "0.4.7"
wasm-bindgen = "^0.2"
web_logger = "0.2.0"

crate-type = ["cdylib", "rlib"]   # IMPORTANT!

Add some helper lines to yarn config:

"scripts": {
    "start": "parcel index.html",
    "build": "parcel build index.html"

yarn start will do a hot-reloadable debug build of your code. It takes some time on first run to build rust code, so be patient. yarn build could be used to bundle a package.

Your index.html should load JS wrapper that runs webassembly script:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <script src="js/index.js"></script>

And the said wrapper is in js/index.js:

import module from '../lib/Cargo.toml';;

I have my cdylib library for the web assembly code in the workspace under lib that's why the path looks like this. Adjust to your configuration. Remember to build a library crate, not a binary!

NOTE: To build something useful with yew you can start from this excellent tutorial in 3 parts: Hunt the Wumpus, Part 2, Part 3.

Now just start it:

yarn start

Let's go!