Project Setup

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,

you must first invent the universe.

~ Carl Sagan

Welcome to the exciting world of game development!

To get started, we'll first need to setup our project structure.

Creating the Project Structure

Let's create a new project! We will call our engine the phantom game engine.

cargo new --lib phantom
cd phantom

Now we can create all of the libraries and applications we will need for this project.

# Applications
cargo new --vcs none apps/editor
cargo new --vcs none apps/viewer

# Libraries
cargo new --lib crates/phantom_app
cargo new --lib crates/phantom_audio
cargo new --lib crates/phantom_dependencies
cargo new --lib crates/phantom_gui
cargo new --lib crates/phantom_render
cargo new --lib crates/phantom_world

A Window Icon

For our window, we'll want a nice looking icon. Let's copy the following png into a folder for later use.


mkdir assets/icons
pushd assets/icons
curl -O

Code Linting

To perform code linting we'll use clippy.

First, let's install clippy:

rustup update
rustup component add clippy

And then add a configuration file at the root named clippy.toml with the following contents:

too-many-lines-threshold = 80
too-many-arguments-threshold = 5

These can be any settings you like, of course. Here is a list of valid clippy options.

Lints will be performed automatically by vscode. To lint manually, you can run cargo clippy -p phantom.

Code Formatting

To perform code formatting we'll use rustfmt.

First, let's install rustfmt:

rustup update
rustup component add rustfmt

And then add a configuration file at the root named rustfmt.toml with the following contents:

max_width = 100

These can be any settings you like, of course. Here is a list of valid rustfmt settings.

Formatting can be performed automatically by vscode. To format the project manually, you can run cargo fmt --workspace.

Add a Readme

Our looks like this:

# Phantom

Phantom is a 3D game engine written in Rust!

## Development Prerequisites

- [Rust](

## Instructions

To run the visual editor for Phantom, run this command in the root directory:

`cargo run --release --bin editor`.

Putting It All Together

Now to connect our existing projects to one another, we'll have to update the contents of some of our new source files.

Connecting Our Libraries

Our game engine is designed as a library. We will want to make the various parts of the engine accessible by re-exporting them.

Our Cargo.toml at the root should look like this:

name = "phantom"
version = "0.1.0"
edition = "2021"

default-members = ["apps/*"]
members = ["apps/*", "crates/*"]

phantom_app = { path = "crates/phantom_app" }
phantom_audio = { path = "crates/phantom_audio" }
phantom_dependencies = { path = "crates/phantom_dependencies" }
phantom_gui = { path = "crates/phantom_gui" }
phantom_render = { path = "crates/phantom_render" }
phantom_world = { path = "crates/phantom_world" }

Next, the src/ should look like this:

pub mod app {
    pub use phantom_app::*;

pub mod audio {
    pub use phantom_audio::*;

pub mod dependencies {
    pub use phantom_dependencies::*;

pub mod gui {
    pub use phantom_gui::*;

pub mod render {
    pub use phantom_render::*;

pub mod world {
    pub use phantom_world::*;

This lets us access the public exports of all of our engine libraries, and applications will only need a single import of our main engine library.

Handling Dependencies

To handle dependencies consistently across all of our projects, we have created a phantom_dependencies project. Here will we list all of our dependencies and re-export them. This helps ensure the same version of any given dependency is used across all of our modules.

For the following apps:

  • phantom_app
  • phantom_audio
  • phantom_gui
  • phantom_render
  • phantom_world

Add our phantom_dependencies crate as a dependency in the corresponding Cargo.toml:

phantom_dependencies = { path = "../phantom_dependencies" }

Some macros only work if the crate they are exported from is included in the dependencies for the project it is used in, but this will cover the majority of our dependencies.

Connecting our Apps

For the following apps:

  • editor
  • viewer

Add our main phantom crate as a dependency in the corresponding Cargo.toml:

phantom = { path = "../.." }

Verifying your Project

Check your project so far with the following command:

cargo check