cargo-fetch - Fetch dependencies of a package from the network

NAME  SYNOPSIS  DESCRIPTION  OPTIONS  Fetch options  Display Options  Manifest Options  Common Options  ENVIRONMENT  EXIT STATUS  EXAMPLES  SEE ALSO 


cargo−fetch — Fetch dependencies of a package from the network


cargo fetch [options]


If a Cargo.lock file is available, this command will ensure that all of the git dependencies and/or registry dependencies are downloaded and locally available. Subsequent Cargo commands will be able to run offline after a cargo fetch unless the lock file changes.

If the lock file is not available, then this command will generate the lock file before fetching the dependencies.

If −−target is not specified, then all target dependencies are fetched.

See also the cargo−prefetch <−prefetch> plugin which adds a command to download popular crates. This may be useful if you plan to use Cargo without a network with the −−offline flag.


Fetch options

−−target triple

Fetch for the given architecture. The default is all architectures. The general format of the triple is <arch><sub>−<vendor>−<sys>−<abi>. Run rustc −−print target−list for a list of supported targets. This flag may be specified multiple times.

This may also be specified with the config value <https://doc.rust−>.

Note that specifying this flag makes Cargo run in a different mode where the target artifacts are placed in a separate directory. See the build cache <https://doc.rust−−cache.html> documentation for more details.

Display Options

−v, −−verbose

Use verbose output. May be specified twice for “very verbose” output which includes extra output such as dependency warnings and build script output. May also be specified with the term.verbose config value <https://doc.rust−>.

−q, −−quiet

Do not print cargo log messages. May also be specified with the term.quiet config value <https://doc.rust−>.

−−color when

Control when colored output is used. Valid values:

auto (default): Automatically detect if color support is available on the terminal.

always: Always display colors.

never: Never display colors.

May also be specified with the term.color config value <https://doc.rust−>.

Manifest Options

−−manifest−path path

Path to the Cargo.toml file. By default, Cargo searches for the Cargo.toml file in the current directory or any parent directory.

−−frozen, −−locked

Either of these flags requires that the Cargo.lock file is up−to−date. If the lock file is missing, or it needs to be updated, Cargo will exit with an error. The −−frozen flag also prevents Cargo from attempting to access the network to determine if it is out−of−date.

These may be used in environments where you want to assert that the Cargo.lock file is up−to−date (such as a CI build) or want to avoid network access.


Prevents Cargo from accessing the network for any reason. Without this flag, Cargo will stop with an error if it needs to access the network and the network is not available. With this flag, Cargo will attempt to proceed without the network if possible.

Beware that this may result in different dependency resolution than online mode. Cargo will restrict itself to crates that are downloaded locally, even if there might be a newer version as indicated in the local copy of the index. See the cargo−fetch(1) command to download dependencies before going offline.

May also be specified with the net.offline config value <https://doc.rust−>.

Common Options


If Cargo has been installed with rustup, and the first argument to cargo begins with +, it will be interpreted as a rustup toolchain name (such as +stable or +nightly). See the rustup documentation <https://rust−> for more information about how toolchain overrides work.

−−config KEY=VALUE or PATH

Overrides a Cargo configuration value. The argument should be in TOML syntax of KEY=VALUE, or provided as a path to an extra configuration file. This flag may be specified multiple times. See the command−line overrides section <https://doc.rust−−line−overrides> for more information.


Changes the current working directory before executing any specified operations. This affects things like where cargo looks by default for the project manifest (Cargo.toml), as well as the directories searched for discovering .cargo/config.toml, for example. This option must appear before the command name, for example cargo −C path/to/my−project build.

This option is only available on the nightly channel <https://doc.rust−−07−nightly−rust.html> and requires the −Z unstable−options flag to enable (see #10098 <−lang/cargo/issues/10098>).

−h, −−help

Prints help information.

−Z flag

Unstable (nightly−only) flags to Cargo. Run cargo −Z help for details.


See the reference <https://doc.rust−−variables.html> for details on environment variables that Cargo reads.


0: Cargo succeeded.

101: Cargo failed to complete.


1. Fetch all dependencies:

cargo fetch


cargo(1), cargo−update(1), cargo−generate−lockfile(1)

Updated 2024-01-29 - |