The rust-cookbook provides examples on the usage of the most common Rust crates. As a learning task I sent a pull request to this repository to provide a new example of the usage of the threadpool crate.

In this example, the Walkdir crate is used to get all the iso files in a folder tree and then calculates the SHA1 sum for every file found.

The full code can be found here and the raw version can be seen here.


If you see the raw version, you’ll notice the # commenting out some parts of the code. This is used to hide code from the rendered example.

The example is based on error_chain crate in order to use the ? operator to return Result types.

Code explanation

Creating the pool

let pool = ThreadPool::new(num_cpus::get());
let (tx, rx) = channel();

Here the threadpool is created using the number of cpus available on the system. To get that number, the num_cpus crate is used. Then a channel is created to perform the communication between threads, in this example in a Multiple Producers Single Consumer way.

Walking the folder and launching threads.

for entry in WalkDir::new("/home/user/Downloads")
    .filter_map(|e| e.ok())
    .filter(|e| !e.path().is_dir() && is_iso(e.path())) {
        let path = entry.path().to_owned();
        let tx = tx.clone();
        pool.execute(move || {
            let digest = compute_digest(path);
            tx.send(digest).expect("Could not send data!");

A lot of things are happening in this code block (the beauty of Rust). First Walkdir::new("/the/folder").follow_links(true).into_iter() returns an iterator for every file and folder under the supplied path. Then .filter_map(|e| e.ok()) filters only the files that are able to be opened.

.filter(|e| !e.path().is_dir() && is_iso(e.path())) filters the directoies and the non iso files.

Launching threads

Now we have only the interested “iso” files and we are ready to launch the threads.

let path = entry.path().to_owned();
let tx = tx.clone();
pool.execute(move || {
    let digest = compute_digest(path);
    tx.send(digest).expect("Could not send data!");

path and tx needs to be cloned as the threads runs in a different scope. pool.execute(move ||) moves the variables in the scope into the lamda.

Inside the pool only two lines are run. The first one runs the compute_digest(path) function and then tx.send sends the result to the receiver.

Check if is iso

fn is_iso(entry: &Path) -> bool {
    match entry.extension() {
        Some(e) if e.to_string_lossy().to_lowercase() == "iso" => true,
        _ => false,

This function receives a Path reference and returns a bool if the extension is “iso”.

A match statement for entry.extension() checks is the file has “iso extension”.

Compute digest

fn compute_digest<P: AsRef<Path>>(filepath: P) -> Result<(Digest, P)> {
    let mut buf_reader = BufReader::new(File::open(&filepath)?);
    let mut context = Context::new(&SHA1);
    let mut buffer = [0; 1024];

    loop {
        let count = buffer)?;
        if count == 0 {

    Ok((context.finish(), filepath))

This function returns a referenced Path and returns a Result<(Digest, P)> where P is the received Path.

Then a BufReader is used to read the file. The Context type helps tu read the by in chunks of 1024 bytes. This is useful to read big files without loading all file in memory.

Receive results

for t in rx.iter() {
    let (sha, path) = t?;
    println!("{:?} {:?}", sha, path);

rx.iter() is used to receive all the results from the threads. The received result is unwrap and printed.

The drop(tx) at the beginning helps to avoid that rx.iter() hangs forever.