Attribute Macro safer_ffi::ffi_export

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Export a function to be callable by C.


use ::safer_ffi::prelude::ffi_export;

/// Add two integers together.
fn add (x: i32, y: i32) -> i32
    x + y
  • ensures that the generated headers will include the following definition:

    #include <stdint.h>
    /* \brief
     * Add two integers together.
    int32_t add (int32_t x, int32_t y);
  • exports an add symbol pointing to the C-ABI compatible int32_t (*)(int32_t x, int32_t y) function.

    (The crate type needs to be cdylib or staticlib for this to work, and, of course, the C compiler invocation needs to include -L path/to/the/compiled/library -l name_of_your_crate)

    • when in doubt, use staticlib.


You can use any Rust types in the singature of an #[ffi_export]- function, provided each of the types involved in the signature is ReprC.

Otherwise the layout of the involved types in the C world is undefined, which #[ffi_export] will detect, leading to a compilation error.

To have custom structs implement ReprC, it suffices to annotate the struct definitions with the #[derive_ReprC] (on top of the obviously required #[repr(C)]).