Crate artichoke_backend[][src]

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artichoke-backend crate provides a Ruby interpreter. It is currently implemented with mruby bindings exported by the sys module.

Execute Ruby Code

artichoke-backend crate exposes several mechanisms for executing Ruby code on the interpreter.

Evaling Source Code

The artichoke-backend interpreter implements Eval from artichoke-core.

use artichoke_backend::prelude::*;

let mut interp = artichoke_backend::interpreter()?;
let result = interp.eval(b"10 * 10")?;
let result = result.try_convert_into::<i64>(&interp)?;
assert_eq!(result, 100);

Calling Functions on Ruby Objects

Values returned by the artichoke-backend interpreter implement Value from artichoke-core, which enables calling Ruby functions from Rust.

use artichoke_backend::prelude::*;

let mut interp = artichoke_backend::interpreter()?;
let result = interp.eval(b"'ruby funcall'")?;
let result = result.funcall(&mut interp, "length", &[], None)?;
let result = result.try_convert_into::<i64>(&mut interp)?;
assert_eq!(result, 12);

Virtual Filesystem and Kernel#require

The artichoke-backend interpreter includes an in-memory virtual filesystem. The filesystem stores Ruby sources and Rust extension functions that are similar to MRI C extensions.

The virtual filesystem enables applications built with artichoke-backend to require sources that are embedded in the binary without host filesystem access.

Embed Rust Types in Ruby Values

artichoke-backend exposes a concept similar to data-typed values in MRI and mruby.

When Rust types implement a special trait, they can be embedded in a Ruby Value and passed through the Ruby VM as a Ruby object. Classes defined in this way can define methods in Rust or Ruby.

Examples of these types include:

  • Regexp and MatchData, which are backed by regular expressions from the onig and regex crates.
  • ENV, which glues Ruby to an environ backend.

Converters Between Ruby and Rust Types

The convert module provides implementations for conversions between boxed Ruby values and native Rust types like i64 and HashMap<String, Option<Vec<u8>>> using an artichoke-backend interpreter.


pub use crate::error::Error;
pub use crate::error::RubyException;


A “prelude” for users of the artichoke-core crate.

Functions for interacting directly with mruby structs from sys.

Virtual filesystem.

Conversions between platform strings and bytes.

A “prelude” for users of the artichoke-backend crate.

Utilities for working with Ruby Strings.

Rust bindings for mruby, customized for Artichoke.


Extract sys::mrb_values from a sys::mrb_state to adapt a C entry point to a Rust implementation of a Ruby function.

Extract an Artichoke instance from the userdata on a sys::mrb_state.


Interpreter instance.

Interpreter guard that prepares an Artichoke to re-enter an FFI boundary.


Create and initialize an Artichoke interpreter.

Create and initialize an Artichoke interpreter with build metadata.