Fix: error: could not find `Cargo.toml` in Users or any parent directory

% cargo run

error: could not find `Cargo.toml` in `/Users/c2ctechtv/Desktop` or any parent directory

If you get Cargo.toml could not be found error when you try to run your Rust application using cargo run or build command, there could be a few reasons for it.

Reasons for the Cargo.toml not found Error

  1. You were not inside your rust project when you ran the cargo run or build command.
  2. You provided the wrong path to the rust project when you ran the cargo run command.
  3. The Cargo.toml file is missing in your project.


  • Make sure you are within the working directory of your project.
    % cd /Users/c2ctechtv/Desktop/hello_cargo
    % % ls -l
    total 16
    -rw-r--r--  1 c2ctechtv  staff  155 Jul 18 22:48 Cargo.lock
    -rw-r--r--  1 c2ctechtv  staff  180 Jul 18 22:47 Cargo.toml
    drwxr-xr-x  3 c2ctechtv  staff   96 Jul 18 22:48 src
    drwxr-xr-x@ 5 c2ctechtv  staff  160 Jul 18 22:48 target
    % cargo run
        Finished dev [unoptimized + debuginfo] target(s) in 0.03s
         Running `target/debug/hello_cargo`
    Hello, world!
Rust Cargo - How to fix rror- could not find Cargo.toml in Users or any parent directory

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