Calling External Code

Functions from other languages might violate the guarantees of Rust. Calling them is thus unsafe:

extern "C" {
    fn abs(input: i32) -> i32;

fn main() {
    unsafe {
        // Undefined behavior if abs misbehaves.
        println!("Absolute value of -3 according to C: {}", abs(-3));

This is usually only a problem for extern functions which do things with pointers which might violate Rust’s memory model, but in general any C function might have undefined behaviour under any arbitrary circumstances.

The "C" in this example is the ABI; other ABIs are available too.