Scope – Maintaining State

By default, Rhai treats each Engine invocation as a fresh one, persisting only the functions that have been registered but no global state.

This gives each evaluation a clean starting slate.

In order to continue using the same global state from one invocation to the next, such a state (a Scope) must be manually created and passed in.

All Scope variables and constants have values that are Dynamic, meaning they can store values of any type.

Under sync, however, only types that are Send + Sync are supported, and the entire Scope itself will also be Send + Sync. This is extremely useful in multi-threaded applications.


A newly-added variable or constant shadows previous ones of the same name.

In other words, all versions are kept for variables and constants, but only the latest ones can be accessed via get_value<T>, get_mut<T> and set_value<T>.

Essentially, a Scope is always searched in reverse order.

Tip: The lifetime parameter

Scope has a lifetime parameter, in the vast majority of cases it can be omitted and automatically inferred to be 'static.

Currently, that lifetime parameter is not used. It is there to maintain backwards compatibility as well as for possible future expansion when references can also be put into the Scope.

The lifetime parameter is not guaranteed to remain unused for future versions.

In order to put a Scope into a struct, use Scope<'static>.

Tip: The const generic parameter

Scope also has a const generic parameter, which is a number that defaults to 8. It indicates the number of entries that the Scope can keep inline without allocations.

The larger this number, the larger the Scope type gets, but allocations will happen far less frequently.

A smaller number makes Scope smaller, but allocation costs will be incurred when the number of entries exceed the inline capacity.

Scope API

new instance methodcreate a new empty Scope
with_capacity instance methodcreate a new empty Scope with a specified initial capacity
lennumber of variables/constants currently within the Scope
rewindrewind (i.e. reset) the Scope to a particular number of variables/constants
clearremove all variables/constants from the Scope, making it empty
is_emptyis the Scope empty?
is_constantis the particular variable/constant in the Scope a constant?
push, push_constantadd a new variable/constant into the Scope with a specified value
push_dynamic, push_constant_dynamicadd a new variable/constant into the Scope with a Dynamic value
set_or_push<T>set the value of the last variable within the Scope by name if it exists and is not constant; add a new variable into the Scope otherwise
containsdoes the particular variable or constant exist in the Scope?
get_value<T>get the value of the last variable/constant within the Scope by name
set_value<T>set the value of the last variable within the Scope bu ma,e, panics if it is constant
remove<T>remove the last variable/constant from the Scope by name, returning its value
getget a reference to the value of the last variable/constant within the Scope by name
get_mutget a reference to the value of the last variable within the Scope by name, None if it is constant
set_aliasexported the last variable/constant within the Scope by name
iter, iter_raw, IntoIterator::into_iterget an iterator to the variables/constants within the Scope
Extend::extendadd variables/constants to the Scope

Scope public API

For details on the Scope API, refer to the documentation online.


With the serde feature, Scope is serializable and deserializable via serde.

Custom types stored in the Scope, however, are serialized as full type-name strings. Data in custom types are not serialized.


In the following example, a Scope is created with a few initialized variables, then it is threaded through multiple evaluations.

use rhai::{Engine, Scope, EvalAltResult};

let engine = Engine::new();

// First create the state
let mut scope = Scope::new();

// Then push (i.e. add) some initialized variables into the state.
// Remember the system number types in Rhai are i64 (i32 if 'only_i32')
// and f64 (f32 if 'f32_float').
// Better stick to them or it gets hard working with the script.
scope.push("y", 42_i64)
     .push("z", 999_i64)
     .push_constant("MY_NUMBER", 123_i64)       // constants can also be added
     .set_value("s", "hello, world!");          // 'set_value' adds a new variable when one doesn't exist

// First invocation
engine.run_with_scope(&mut scope, 
    let x = 4 + 5 - y + z + MY_NUMBER + s.len;
    y = 1;

// Second invocation using the same state.
// Notice that the new variable 'x', defined previously, is still here.
let result = engine.eval_with_scope::<i64>(&mut scope, "x + y")?;

println!("result: {result}");                   // prints 1103

// Variable y is changed in the script - read it with 'get_value'
assert_eq!(scope.get_value::<i64>("y").expect("variable y should exist"), 1);

// We can modify scope variables directly with 'set_value'
scope.set_value("y", 42_i64);
assert_eq!(scope.get_value::<i64>("y").expect("variable y should exist"), 42);

Engine API Using Scope

Engine API methods that accept a Scope parameter all end in _with_scope, making that Scope (and everything inside it) available to the script:

Engine APINot available under

Don’t forget to rewind

Variables or constants defined at the global level of a script persist inside the custom Scope even after the script ends.

let mut scope = Scope::new();

engine.run_with_scope(&mut scope, "let x = 42;")?;

// Variable 'x' stays inside the custom scope!
engine.run_with_scope(&mut scope, "print(x);")?;    //  prints 42

Due to variable shadowing, new variables/constants are simply added on top of existing ones (even when they already exist), so care must be taken that new variables/constants inside the custom Scope do not grow without bounds.

let mut scope = Scope::new();

// Don't do this - this creates 1 million variables named 'x'
//                 inside 'scope'!!!
for _ in 0..1_000_000 {
    engine.run_with_scope(&mut scope, "let x = 42;")?;

// The 'scope' contains a LOT of variables...
assert_eq!(scope.len(), 1_000_000);

// Variable 'x' stays inside the custom scope!
engine.run_with_scope(&mut scope, "print(x);")?;    //  prints 42

In order to remove variables or constants introduced by a script, use the rewind method.

// Run a million times
for _ in 0..1_000_000 {
    // Save the current size of the 'scope'
    let orig_scope_size = scope.len();

    engine.run_with_scope(&mut scope, "let x = 42;")?;

    // Rewind the 'scope' to the original size

// The 'scope' is empty
assert_eq!(scope.len(), 0);

// Variable 'x' is no longer inside 'scope'!
engine.run_with_scope(&mut scope, "print(x);")?;    //  error: variable 'x' not found