Kinded crate released

GitHub Repository: GitHub - greyblake/kinded: Generate Rust enum kind types without boilerplate.
Blog Post: Handling Rust enum variants with kinded crate | Serhii Potapov (greyblake)

Over the past weekend, I've developed a compact macro crate called "kinded" which, in essence, generates a new copyable enum (referred to as a "kind" enum) based on a given enum. This new enum retains the same variants as the original, but without any associated data.

For instance, consider the following code snippet:

use kinded::Kinded;

enum Beverage {

The macro generates the following output:

#[derive(Debug, Clone, Copy, PartialEq, Eq)]
enum BeverageKind {
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I'm not sure it's super idiomatic to emit other items from a derive macro, especially if there's not even a trait impl derived. A regular macro or attribute macro could be used instead. I'd love to hear others' opinions on this, as I have a similar situation in one of my projects.


A derive macro always leaves the original intact. Other macro types can change or even remove the original.

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I see what you mean.
With nutype I do use regular proc macro.

However, here when we write #[derive(Kinded)] it actually implements Kinded trait for Beverage, e.g.:

impl Kinded for Beverage {
    type Kind = BeverageKind;

    fn kind(&self) -> BeverageKind {
        match self {
            Beverage::Mate => BeverageKind::Mate,
            Beverage::Coffee(_) => BeverageKind::Coffee,

This is essentially the same as the already-existing EnumDiscriminants derive macro in the widely-used strum crate.


Thanks for bringing this.
I know about enum-kinds, but I did not know that strum can solve this problem too.
Quesiton: does strum provide any kind of traits with an associated discriminant type?

My original need for this trait was too have a trait, so I can build abstract function on top of it.
This is an example where I use it:

I don't think there's a separate trait, but it does impl From<&TheEnum> for TheEnumDiscriminant.

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