Setup for Linux

This setup is only needed for development. Consumers of Tauri apps will not have to do any of this.

This page provides a complete guide to install Tauri along with its dependencies. Because Tauri is a polyglot toolchain and involves complex installation instructions, we want to make sure anybody will manage to set it up by reading this guide without having to open another documentation.

Additionally, it contains nice tips and tools that will help you if you're beginning with Node.js or Rust and security.

: This step is required
: This step is skippable if already satisfied (e.g. you already have Node.js/Rust installed)
: This step is purely informational

1. System Dependencies 

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install libwebkit2gtk-4.0-dev \
    build-essential \
    curl \
    libssl-dev \
    appmenu-gtk3-module \

2. Node.js Runtime and Package Manager 

Node.js (npm included)

We recommend using nvm to manage your Node.js runtime. It allows you to easily switch versions and update Node.js.

$ curl -o- | bash

Once nvm is installed, close and reopen your terminal, then install the lastest version of Node.js and npm:

$ nvm install node --latest-npm
$ nvm use node

If you have any problems with nvm, please consult their project readme.

Optional Node.js Package Manager

You may want to use an alternative to npm:

3. Rustc and Cargo Package Manager 

The following command will install rustup, the official installer for Rust.

$ curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh

To make sure that Rust has been installed successfully, run the following command:

$ rustc --version
latest update on 2019-12-19, rust version 1.40.0

You may need to restart your terminal if the command does not work.

4. Tauri Bundler 

If you already had rustup installed before following this guide, make sure that you update Rust:

$ rustup update stable

After you have installed Rust and other required dependencies, it is wise to restart your terminal before continuing.

Install Tauri bundler through Cargo:

$ cargo install tauri-bundler --force

5. For Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Users 

In order to run a graphical application with WSL, you need to download one of these X servers: Xming, Cygwin X, and vcXsrv. Since vcXsrv has been used internally, it's the one we recommend to install.

WSL Version 1

Open the X server and then run export DISPLAY=:0 in the terminal. You should now be able to run any graphical application via the terminal.

WSL Version 2

You'll need to run a command that is slightly more complex than WSL 1: export DISPLAY=$(/etc/resolv.conf < awk '/nameserver/ {print $2}'):0 and you need to add -ac to the X server as an argument.


Now that you have set up the Linux-specific dependencies for Tauri, learn how to add Tauri to your project.