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Install Rust

Before installing Bulwark, we’ll need the Rust toolchain available. You can skip this step if it’s already available in your environment. Full installation instructions cover additional details and environments, but for most *nix based systems this is all you need:

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

If you prefer to avoid shell pipe installs, there are signed standalone installers.

Install Bulwark

Once the Rust toolchain is installed, we can obtain the Bulwark CLI via Cargo, which is included with the toolchain.

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cargo install bulwark-cli

GitHub Releases

Precompiled CLI binaries may also be downloaded from the project’s GitHub releases.


Currently, no official project Docker images are being published. Official Docker images will be released once Bulwark publishes a version 1.0.0.


Before building Bulwark, the WebAssembly WASI target should be installed.

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rustup target add wasm32-wasi

It is otherwise a standard build process.

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cargo build --release

The bulwark-cli binary will be in the target/release directory. Additionally, it is possible to install the bulwark-cli binary from the repository’s root directory instead of from the published crate:

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cargo install --path .