1. Examples
  2. Custom Service
cargo shuttle init --no-framework

This will simply initialize a new cargo crate with a dependency on shuttle-service. We also need to add sqlx and shuttle-shared-db for this example, make sure your Cargo.toml looks like the one below.

name = "custom-service"
version = "0.1.0"
edition = "2021"


shuttle-service = { version = "0.9.0" }
shuttle-shared-db = { version = "0.9.0", features = ["postgres"] }
sqlx = { version = "0.6", features = ["runtime-tokio-native-tls", "postgres"] }

This section will explain how to create a custom shuttle service. To do this we need to return a struct from our shuttle_service::main function that implements shuttle_service::Service.

In this simple example we will implement Service for a PgPool, that will simply return ‘Hello world’ from the database on startup. In Rust we can’t implement foreign traits for foreign types, so we have to create a wrapper around our PgPool.

struct PoolService {
    pool: sqlx::PgPool,

Then we need to implement shuttle_service::Service for our wrapper. If you need to bind to an address, for example if you’re implementing service for an HTTP server, you can use the addr argument from bind. You can only have one HTTP service bound to the addr, but you can start other services that don’t rely on binding to a socket. A common usecase is starting an HTTP server like axum, alongside a serenity bot that doesn’t need to bind to a socket. Then you would include both in the same wrapper struct, and start them as normal in the bind function.

impl shuttle_service::Service for PoolService {
    async fn bind(
        mut self: Box<Self>,
        _addr: std::net::SocketAddr,
    ) -> Result<(), shuttle_service::error::Error> {


To finish up, we return the wrapper struct from our shuttle_service::main function:

use shuttle_service::error::CustomError;

async fn init(
    #[shuttle_shared_db::Postgres] pool: sqlx::PgPool,
) -> Result<PoolService, shuttle_service::Error> {
    Ok(PoolService { pool })

impl PoolService {
    async fn start(&self) -> Result<(), CustomError> {
        let (rec,): (String,) = sqlx::query_as("SELECT 'Hello world'")

        assert_eq!(rec, "Hello world");


Try it out with the run command:

cargo shuttle run