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Textwrap is a library for wrapping and indenting text. It is most often used by command-line programs to format dynamic output nicely so it looks good in a terminal. You can also use Textwrap to wrap text set in a proportional font—such as text used to generate PDF files, or drawn on a HTML5 canvas using WebAssembly.


To use the textwrap crate, add this to your

textwrap = "0.14"

By default, this enables word wrapping with support for Unicode strings. Extra features can be enabled with Cargo features—and the Unicode support can be disabled if needed. This allows you slim down the library and so you will only pay for the features you actually use. Please see the Cargo Features in the crate documentation for a full list of the available features.


API documentation

Getting Started

Word wrapping is easy using the

fn main() {
    let text = "textwrap: an efficient and powerful library for wrapping text.";
    println!("{}", textwrap::fill(text, 28));

The output is wrapped within 28 columns:

textwrap: an efficient
and powerful library for
wrapping text.

Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the first line is 22 columns wide. So why is the word “and” put in the second line when there is space for it in the first line?

The explanation is that textwrap does not just wrap text one line at a time. Instead, it uses an optimal-fit algorithm which looks ahead and chooses line breaks which minimize the gaps left at ends of lines.

Without look-ahead, the first line would be longer and the text would look like this:

textwrap: an efficient and
powerful library for
wrapping text.

The second line is now shorter and the text is more ragged. The kind of wrapping can be configured via


If you enable the

Cargo feature, you get support for automatic hyphenation for about 70 languages via high-quality TeX hyphenation patterns.

Your program must load the hyphenation pattern and configure

to use it:
use hyphenation::{Language, Load, Standard};
use textwrap::{fill, Options};

fn main() { let hyphenator = Standard::from_embedded(Language::EnglishUS).unwrap(); let options = Options::new(28).word_splitter(hyphenator); let text = "textwrap: an efficient and powerful library for wrapping text."; println!("{}", fill(text, &options)); }

The output now looks like this:

textwrap: an efficient and
powerful library for wrap-
ping text.

The US-English hyphenation patterns are embedded when you enable the

feature. They are licensed under a permissive license and take up about 88 KB in your binary. If you need hyphenation for other languages, you need to download a precompiled
and load it yourself. Please see the
for details.

Wrapping Strings at Compile Time

If your strings are known at compile time, please take a look at the procedural macros from the



The library comes with a collection of small example programs that shows various features.

If you want to see Textwrap in action right away, then take a look at

, which shows how to wrap sans-serif, serif, and monospace text. It uses WebAssembly and is automatically deployed to

For the command-line examples, you’re invited to clone the repository and try them out for yourself! Of special note is

. This is a demo program which demonstrates most of the available features: you can enter text and adjust the width at which it is wrapped interactively. You can also adjust the

used to see the effect of different
s and wrap algorithms.

Run the demo with

$ cargo run --example interactive

The demo needs a Linux terminal to function.

Release History

Please see the CHANGELOG file for details on the changes made in each release.


Textwrap can be distributed according to the MIT license. Contributions will be accepted under the same license.

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