Export Variables, Functions and Sub-Modules From a Script

The easiest way to expose a collection of functions as a self-contained module is to do it via a Rhai script itself.

See the section on Creating a Module from AST for more details.

The script text is evaluated, variables are then selectively exposed via the export statement. Functions defined by the script are automatically exported.

Modules loaded within this module at the global level become sub-modules and are also automatically exported.

Export Global Variables

The export statement, which can only be at global level, exposes selected variables as members of a module.

Variables not exported are private and hidden. They are merely used to initialize the module, but cannot be accessed from outside.

Everything exported from a module is constant (i.e. read-only).

// This is a module script.

let hidden = 123;       // variable not exported - default hidden
let x = 42;             // this will be exported below

export x;               // the variable 'x' is exported under its own name

export const x = 42;    // convenient short-hand to declare a constant and export it
                        // under its own name

export let x = 123;     // variables can be exported as well, though it'll still be constant

export x as answer;     // the variable 'x' is exported under the alias 'answer'
                        // another script can load this module and access 'x' as 'module::answer'

    let inner = 0;      // local variable - it disappears when the statement block ends,
                        //                  therefore it is not 'global' and cannot be exported

    export inner;       // <- syntax error: cannot export a local variable

Multiple Exports

One export statement can export multiple variables, even under multiple names.

// The following exports three variables:
//   - 'x' as 'x' and 'hello'
//   - 'y' as 'foo' and 'bar'
//   - 'z' as 'z'
export x, x as hello, x as world, y as foo, y as bar, z;

Export Functions

All functions are automatically exported, unless it is explicitly opt-out with the private prefix.

Functions declared private are hidden to the outside.

fn main() {
// This is a module script.

fn inc(x) { x + 1 }     // script-defined function - default public

private fn foo() {}     // private function - hidden

private functions are commonly called to initialize the module. They cannot be called apart from this.


All loaded modules are automatically exported as sub-modules.

To prevent a module from being exported, load it inside a block statement so that it goes away at the end of the block.

// This is a module script.

import "hello" as foo;      // exported as sub-module 'foo'

    import "world" as bar;  // not exported - the module disappears at the end
                            //                of the statement block and is not 'global'