SIP 004 - The `spin build` command

Summary: A Spin command for building components locally.


Created: April 22, 2022

Updated: May 10, 2022


A Spin application is made up of one or more components. When developing a multi-component application, it is very common to have multiple directories with source code for components — and when making a changes to components, having to manually go into the each component directory, compile the component, then go back to the directory with spin.toml can be a very repetitive task.


This SIP proposes a new top level Spin command that would execute the command field on the component configuration in a local spin.toml manifest file:

id = "hello"
source = "target/wasm32-wasi/release/spinhelloworld.wasm"

command = "cargo build --target wasm32-wasi --release"

The spin build command would execute the command set by each component, thus building all components with a single command.

As of #352, the basic spin build command described in this document has been implemented in Spin.

Future design considerations

  • do we need an application-level build section?
  • do we need pre and post sections to execute before and after command?
  • do we need the ability to set environment variables for build commands?
  • do we need OS / arch specific commands? ([[]])?
  • setting a directory to watch for changes and re-build?
  • option to automatically run spin up after building?