CLI Options for wasmtime

The wasmtime CLI is organized into a few subcommands. If no subcommand is provided it'll assume run, which is to execute a wasm file. The subcommands supported by wasmtime are:


This is a general subcommand used to print help information to the terminal. You can execute any number of the following:

$ wasmtime help
$ wasmtime --help
$ wasmtime -h
$ wasmtime help run
$ wasmtime run -h

When in doubt, try running the help command to learn more about functionality!


This is the wasmtime CLI's main subcommand, and it's also the default if no other subcommand is provided. The run command will execute a WebAssembly module. This means that the module will be compiled to native code, instantiated, and then optionally have an export executed.

The wasmtime CLI will automatically hook up any WASI-related imported functionality, but at this time if your module imports anything else it will fail instantiation.

The run command takes one positional argument which is the name of the module to run:

$ wasmtime run foo.wasm
$ wasmtime foo.wasm

Note that the wasmtime CLI can take both a binary WebAssembly file (*.wasm) as well as the text format for WebAssembly (*.wat):

$ wasmtime foo.wat


The wast command executes a *.wast file which is the test format for the official WebAssembly spec test suite. This subcommand will execute the script file which has a number of directives supported to instantiate modules, link tests, etc.

Executing this looks like:

$ wasmtime wast foo.wast


This subcommand is used to control and edit local Wasmtime configuration settings. The primary purpose of this currently is to configure how Wasmtime's code caching works. You can create a new configuration file for you to edit with:

$ wasmtime config new

And that'll print out the path to the file you can edit.


This is an experimental subcommand to compile a WebAssembly module to native code. Work for this is still heavily under development, but you can execute this with:

$ wasmtime wasm2obj foo.wasm foo.o