Appendix C: Feature Gates

Various feature gate exist in Amethyst, with different purposes. In this chapter, we will go through each of the feature gate types.

Crate Enabling Feature Gates

To reduce compilation times, you can disable features that are not needed for your project.

When compiling, you can use the following Cargo parameters:

cargo (build/test/run) --no-default-features --features feature1,feature2,feature3

At the time of writing, the list of features of this type is the following:

  • animation
  • audio
  • gltf
  • locale
  • network

The full list of available features is available in the Cargo.toml file. The available features might change from time to time.


To enable the profiler, you can use the following feature:

cargo (build/test/run) --features profiler

The next time you will run a project, upon closing it, a file will be created at the root of the project called thread_profile.json. You can open this file using the chromium browser (or google chrome) and navigating to chrome://tracing


Enabling the nightly feature adds a bit of debug information when running into runtime issues. To use it, you need to use the nightly rust compiler toolchain.

Here is how to enable it:

cargo (build/test/run) --features nightly

The most common use of this feature is to find out the type name of the resource that is missing, such as when a Resources::fetch() or World::read_resource() invocation fails.

Amethyst as a dependency

When using Amethyst as a dependency of your project, you can use the following to disable default features and enable other ones.

version = "*"
default-features = false 
features = ["audio", "animation"] # you can add more or replace those