About scraped examples

Rustdoc will automatically scrape examples of documented items from the examples/ directory of a project. These examples will be included within the generated documentation for that item. For example, if your library contains a public function:

// src/lib.rs
pub fn a_func() {}

And you have an example calling this function:

// examples/ex.rs
fn main() {

Then this code snippet will be included in the documentation for a_func.

How to read scraped examples

Scraped examples are shown as blocks of code from a given file. The relevant item will be highlighted. If the file is larger than a couple lines, only a small window will be shown which you can expand by clicking ↕ in the top-right. If a file contains multiple instances of an item, you can use the ≺ and ≻ buttons to toggle through each instance.

If there is more than one file that contains examples, then you should click “More examples” to see these examples.

How Rustdoc scrapes examples

When you run cargo doc, Rustdoc will analyze all the crates that match Cargo’s --examples filter for instances of items that occur in the crates being documented. Then Rustdoc will include the source code of these instances in the generated documentation.

Rustdoc has a few techniques to ensure this doesn’t overwhelm documentation readers, and that it doesn’t blow up the page size:

  1. For a given item, a maximum of 5 examples are included in the page. The remaining examples are just links to source code.
  2. Only one example is shown by default, and the remaining examples are hidden behind a toggle.
  3. For a given file that contains examples, only the item containing the examples will be included in the generated documentation.

More information

If you want more information about this feature, please read the corresponding chapter in the Rustdoc book.