I have published a new cargo plugin called
The intention is that you can type
cargo quickinstall $CRATE
cargo install $CRATE
and it will install pre-compiled binaries instead of compiling them on your machine.
cargo install cargo-quickinstall is also super-quick. On my machine, "Updating crates.io index" takes 13 seconds, and the rest takes 1 second. This means that you can use it to speed up your CI pipeline if you depend on any binary crates.
The crate builder is currently working its way down the 100 most popular binary crates (1 per hour on GitHub Actions, to avoid taking the piss), but it also collects statistics of which crates people have asked for, so I can build anything that people request a lot.
I don't currently support Windows, and I would really love some help with that.
I would also really love some feedback to help shape my roadmap. Please comment here or on Gitter if you have any thoughts.