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Not to be confused with Go! (programming language), an agent-based language released in 2003.
Paradigm compiled, concurrent, imperative, structured
Designed by Robert Griesemer
Rob Pike
Ken Thompson
Developer Google Inc.
First appeared 2009; 6 years ago (2009)
Stable release version 1.5.1[1] / 8 September 2015; 31 days ago (2015-09-08)
Typing discipline strong, static, inferred, structural[2]
Implementation language Go, Asm
OS Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD,[3] MS Windows, Plan 9,[4] DragonFly BSD, Solaris
License BSD-style[5] + Patent grant[6]
Filename extensions .go
Website golang.org
Major implementations
gc, gccgo
Influenced by
C, occam, Limbo, Modula, Newsqueak, Oberon, Pascal,[7] Smalltalk[8]

Go, also commonly referred to as golang, is a programming language developed at Google[9] in 2007 by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson.[7] It is a statically typed language with syntax loosely derived from that of C, adding garbage collection, type safety, some structural typing capabilities,[2] additional built-in types such as variable-length arrays & key-value maps, and a large standard library.

The language was announced in November 2009 and is now used in some of Google's production systems.[10] Go's "gc" compiler targets the Linux, OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Plan 9, DragonFly BSD, Solaris, and Windows operating systems and the i386, Amd64, ARM and IBM POWER processor architectures.[11] A second compiler, gccgo, is a GCC frontend.[12][13]

Android support was added in version 1.4, which has since been ported to also run on iOS.[14]


Ken Thompson states that, initially, Go was purely an experimental project. Referring to himself along with the other original authors of Go, he states:[15]

When the three of us [Thompson, Rob Pike, and Robert Griesemer] got started, it was pure research. The three of us got together and decided that we hated C++. [laughter] ... [Returning to Go,] we started off with the idea that all three of us had to be talked into every feature in the language, so there was no extraneous garbage put into the language for any reason.

Rob Pike, at a talk in San Francisco in 2012:[16]

Back around September 2007, I was doing some minor but central work on an enormous Google C++ program, one you've all interacted with, and my compilations were taking about 45 minutes on our huge distributed compile cluster. An announcement came around that there was going to be a talk presented by a couple of Google employees serving on the C++ standards committee. They were going to tell us what was coming in C++11. In the span of an hour at that talk we heard about something like 35 new features that were being planned. At this point I asked myself a question: Did the C++ committee really believe that what was wrong with C++ was that it didn't have enough features?

Robert Griesemer, at the GopherCon 2015:[17]

It was clear what was wrong with C++ - it was very complex, hard to understand, missing concurrency support, didn’t scale, and had really long build times. A common pattern at Google was that someone would have an issue with C++. They’d send out an email soliciting advice; everyone would reply with a different answer. Finally, at the end of the day, the C++ guru on the team (who wrote the book at the subject) would reply with a definitive answer. This process was clearly broken.

The history of the language before its first release, back to 2007, is covered in the language's FAQ.[18]

Language design[edit]

Go is recognizably in the tradition of C, but makes many changes to improve conciseness, simplicity, and safety. The following is a brief overview of the features which define Go:

  • A syntax and environment adopting patterns more common in dynamic languages:[19]
    • Optional concise variable declaration and initialization through type inference (x := 0 not int x = 0;).
    • Fast compilation times.[20]
    • Remote package management (go get)[21] and online package documentation.[22]
  • Distinctive approaches to particular problems:
  • A desire to keep the language specification simple enough to hold in a programmer's head,[23] in part by omitting features common to similar languages; see § Omissions.

Frequent criticisms assert that:

The language designers argue that these trade-offs are important to Go's success,[29] and explain some particular decisions at length,[30] though they do express openness to adding some form of generic programming in the future, and to pragmatic improvements in areas like standardizing ways to apply code generation[31] and reducing garbage collection pause times.[32]


Go's syntax include changes from C aimed at keeping code concise and readable. A combined declaration/initialization operator was introduced that allows the programmer to write i := 3 or s := "some words", without specifying the types of variables. This contrasts with C's int i = 3; and const char *s = "some words";. Semicolons still terminate statements, but are implicit when they would occur at the end of a line. Functions may return multiple values, and returning a result, err pair is the conventional way a function indicates an error to its caller in Go.[a] Go adds literal syntaxes for initializing struct parameters by name, and for initializing maps and slices. As an alternative to C's three-statement for loop, Go's range expressions allow concise iteration over arrays, slices, strings, and maps.


Go has a number of built-in types, including numeric ones (byte, int64, float32, etc.), booleans and character strings (string). Strings are immutable; built-in operators and keywords (rather than functions) provide concatenation, comparison, and UTF-8 encoding and decoding.[33] Record types can be defined with the struct keyword.

For each type T and each non-negative integer constant n, there is an array type denoted [n]T; arrays of differing lengths are thus of different types. Dynamic arrays are available as "slices", denoted []T for some type T. These have a length and a capacity specifying when new memory needs to be allocated to expand the array. Several slices may share their underlying memory.[34][35][36]

Pointers are available for all types, and the pointer-to-T type is denoted *T. Pointer operations are limited to indirection; there is no pointer arithmetic (except via the special unsafe.Pointer type provided by the standard library).

For a pair of types K, V, the type map[K]V is the type of hash tables mapping type-K keys to type-V values. Hash tables are built into the language, with special syntax and built-in functions. Finally, chan T is a channel that allows sending values of type T between concurrently running processes; see § Concurrency.

Aside from its support for interfaces, Go's type system is nominal: the type keyword can be used to define a new named type, which is distinct from all other types that have the same layout (in the case of a struct, the same members in the same order). Some conversions between types (e.g., between the various integer types) are pre-defined and adding a new type may define additional conversions, but these must always be invoked explicitly.[37] For example, the type keyword can be used to define a type for IPv4 addresses, which are 32-bit unsigned integers:

type ipv4addr uint32

With this type definition, ipv4addr(x) interprets the uint32 value x as an IP address. Simply assigning x to a variable of type ipv4addr is a type error.

Constant expressions may be either typed or "untyped"; they are given a type when assigned to a typed variable, if the value they represent passes a compile-time check.[38]

Function types are indicated by the func keyword; they take zero or more parameters and return zero or more values, all of which are typed. The parameter and return values determine a function type; thus, func(string, int32) (int, error) is the type of functions that take a string and a 32-bit signed integer, and return a signed integer (of default width) and a value of the built-in interface type error.

Any named type has a method set associated with it. The IP address example above can be extended with a method for converting an address to a human-readable representation, viz.,

// Is this the zero broadcast address
func (addr ipv4addr) ZeroBroadcast() bool {
    return addr == 0xFFFFFFFF

Due to nominal typing, this method definition adds a method to ipv4addr, but not on uint32. While methods have special definition and call syntax, there is no distinct method type.[39]

Interface system[edit]

Go provides two features that replace class inheritance. The first is embedding, an automated form of composition. The second are its interfaces.

An interface specifies a set of types by listing required methods: for example, implementing io.Reader requires a Read method that takes a []byte and returns a count of bytes read and any error.[40] Any type having such a method satisfies the interface implicitly, without the programmer having to specify in the code that the type is a Reader. Code calling Read needn't know whether it's reading from an HTTP connection, a file, an in-memory buffer, or any other source.

Go's standard library defines interfaces for a number of concepts: input sources and output sinks, sortable collections, objects printable as strings, hash functions, and so on.

Go types don't declare which interfaces they implement: having the required methods is implementing the interface. In formal language, Go's interface system provides structural rather than nominal typing.

The example below uses the io.Reader and io.Writer interfaces to test Go's implementation of SHA-256 on a standard test input, 1,000,000 repeats of the character "a". RepeatByte implements an io.Reader yielding an infinite stream of repeats of a byte, similar to Unix /dev/zero. The main() function uses RepeatByte to stream a million repeats of "a" into the hash function, then prints the result, which matches the expected value published online.[41] Even though both reader and writer interfaces are needed to make this work, the code needn't mention either; the compiler infers what types implement what interfaces:

package main

import (

type RepeatByte byte

func (r RepeatByte) Read(p []byte) (n int, err error) {
    for i := range p {
        p[i] = byte(r)
    return len(p), nil

func main() {
    testStream := RepeatByte('a')
    hasher := sha256.New()
    io.CopyN(hasher, testStream, 1000000)
    fmt.Printf("%x", hasher.Sum(nil))

(Run or edit this example online.)

Also note type RepeatByte is defined as a byte, not a struct. Named types in Go needn't be structs, and any named type can have methods defined, satisfy interfaces, and act, for practical purposes, as objects; the standard library, for example, stores IP addresses in byte slices.[42]

Besides calling methods via interfaces, Go allows converting interface values to other types with a run-time type check. The language constructs to do so are the type assertion,[43] which checks against a single potential type, and the type switch,[44] which checks against multiple types.

interface{}, the empty interface, is an important corner case because it can refer to an item of any concrete type, including builtin types like string. Code using the empty interface can't simply call methods (or built-in operators) on the referred-to object, but it can store the interface{} value, try to convert it to a more useful type via a type assertion or type switch, or inspect it with Go's reflect package.[45] Because interface{} can refer to any value, it's a limited way to escape the restrictions of static typing, like void* in C but with additional run-time type checks.

Interface values are implemented using pointer to data and a second pointer to run-time type information.[46] Like some other types implemented using pointers in Go, interface values are nil if uninitialized.[47] Unlike in environments like Java's virtual machine, there is no object header; the run-time type information is only attached to interface values. So, the system imposes no per-object memory overhead for objects not accessed via interface, similar to C structs or C# ValueTypes.

Go does not have interface inheritance,[disputed ] but one interface type can embed another; then the embedding interface requires all of the methods required by the embedded interface.[48]

Package system[edit]

In Go's package system, each package has a path (e.g., "compress/bzip2" or "golang.org/x/net/html") and a name (e.g., bzip2 or html). References to other packages' definitions must always be prefixed with the other package's name, and only the capitalized names from other packages are accessible: io.Reader is public but bzip2.reader is not.[49] The go get command can retrieve packages stored in a remote repository such as Github or Google Code, and package paths often look like partial URLs for compatibility.[50]

Concurrency: goroutines, channels, and select[edit]

Go provides facilities for writing concurrent programs that share state by communicating.[51][52][53] Concurrency refers not only to multithreading and CPU parallelism, which Go supports, but also to asynchrony: letting slow operations like a database or network-read run while the program does other work, as is common in event-based servers.[54]

Go's concurrency-related syntax and types include:

  • The go statement, go func(), starts a function in a new light-weight process, or goroutine
  • Channel types, chan type, provide type-safe, synchronized, optionally buffered channels between goroutines, and are useful mostly with two other facilities:
    • The send statement, ch <- x sends x over ch
    • The receive operator, <- ch receives a value from ch
    • Both operations block until the channel is ready for communication
  • The select statement uses a switch-like syntax to wait for communication on any one out of a set of possible channels, or tries non-blocking communication[55]

From these tools one can build concurrent constructs like worker pools, pipelines (in which, say, a file is decompressed and parsed as it downloads), background calls with timeout, "fan-out" parallel calls to a set of services, and others.[56] Channels have also found uses further from the usual notion of interprocess communication, like serving as a concurrency-safe list of recycled buffers,[57] implementing coroutines (which helped inspire the name goroutine),[58] and implementing iterators.[59]

While the communicating-processes model is favored in Go, it isn't the only one: memory can be shared across goroutines (see below), and the standard sync module provides locks and other primitives.[60]

Suitability for parallel programming[edit]

Although Go's concurrency features are not aimed primarily at parallel processing,[54] they can be used to program shared memory multi-processor machines. Various studies have been done into the effectiveness of this approach.[61] One of these studies compared the size (in lines of code) and speed of programs written by a seasoned programmer not familiar with the language and corrections to these programs by a Go expert (from Google's development team), doing the same for Chapel, Cilk and Intel TBB. The study found that the non-expert tended to write divide-and-conquer algorithms with one go statement per recursion, while the expert wrote distribute-work-synchronize programs using one goroutine per processor. The expert's programs were usually faster, but also longer.[62]

Lack of race condition safety[edit]

There are no restrictions on how goroutines access shared data, making race conditions possible. Specifically, unless a program explicitly synchronizes via channels or other means, writes from one goroutine might be partly, entirely, or not at all visible to another, often with no guarantees about ordering of writes.[63] Furthermore, Go's internal data structures like interface values, slice headers, hash tables, and string headers are not immune to race conditions, so type and memory safety can be violated in multithreaded programs that modify shared instances of those types without synchronization.[64][65]

Idiomatic Go minimizes sharing of data (and thus potential race conditions) by communicating over channels, and a race-condition tester is included in the standard distribution to help catch unsafe behavior. Still, while Go provides building blocks that can be used to write correct, comprehensible concurrent code, arbitrary code isn't guaranteed to be safe.

Some concurrency-related structural conventions of Go (channels and alternative channel inputs) are derived from Tony Hoare's communicating sequential processes model. Unlike previous concurrent programming languages such as occam or Limbo (a language on which Go co-designer Rob Pike worked),[66] Go does not provide any built-in notion of safe or verifiable concurrency.[63]


Go deliberately omits certain features common in other languages, including (implementation) inheritance, generic programming, assertions, pointer arithmetic, implicit type conversions, and conservative memory usage.

Of these language features, the Go authors express an openness to generic programming, explicitly argue against assertions and pointer arithmetic, while defending the choice to omit type inheritance as giving a more useful language, encouraging instead the use of interfaces to achieve dynamic dispatch[b] and composition to reuse code. Composition and delegation are in fact largely automated by struct embedding; according to researchers Schmager et al., this feature "has many of the drawbacks of inheritance: it affects the public interface of objects, it is not fine-grained (i.e, no method-level control over embedding), methods of embedded objects cannot be hidden, and it is static", making it "not obvious" whether programmers will not overuse it to the extent that programmers in other languages are reputed to overuse inheritance.[67]

Regarding generic programming, some built-in functions are in fact type-generic, but these are treated as special cases; Rob Pike calls this a weakness of the language that may at some point be changed.[34] The Google team that designs the language built at least one compiler for an experimental Go dialect with generics, but didn't release it.[68]

After initially omitting exceptions, the exception-like panic/recover mechanism was eventually added to the language, which the Go authors advise using for unrecoverable errors such as those that should halt an entire program or server request, or as a shortcut to propagate errors up the stack within a package (but not across package boundaries; there, error returns are the standard API).[69][70][71][72]

Conventions and code style[edit]

The Go authors and community put substantial effort into molding the style and design of Go programs:

  • Indentation, spacing, and other surface-level details of code are automatically standardized by the go fmt tool. golint does additional style checks automatically.
  • Tools and libraries distributed with Go suggest standard approaches to things like API documentation (godoc[73]), testing (go test), building (go build), package management (go get), and so on.
  • Syntax rules require things that are optional in other languages, for example by banning cyclic dependencies, unused variables or imports, and implicit type conversions.
  • The omission of certain features (for example, functional-programming shortcuts like map and C++-style try/finally blocks) tends to encourage a particular explicit, concrete, and imperative programming style.
  • Core developers write extensively about Go idioms, style, and philosophy, in the Effective Go document and code review comments reference, presentations, blog posts, and public mailing list messages.

Language tools[edit]

Go includes the same sort of debugging, testing, and code-vetting tools as many language distributions. The Go distribution includes, among other tools,

  • go build, which builds Go binaries using only information in the source files themselves, no separate makefiles
  • go test, for unit testing and microbenchmarks
  • go fmt, for formatting code
  • go get, for retrieving and installing remote packages
  • go vet, a static analyzer looking for potential errors in code
  • go run, a shortcut for building and executing code
  • godoc, for displaying documentation or serving it via HTTP
  • gorename, for renaming variables, functions, and so on in a type-safe way
  • go generate, a standard way to invoke code generators

It also includes profiling and debugging support, runtime instrumentation (to, for example, track garbage collection pauses), and a race condition tester.

There is an ecosystem of third-party tools that add to the standard distribution, such as gocode, which enables code autocompletion in many text editors, goimports (by a Go team member), which automatically adds/removes package imports as needed, errcheck, which detects code that might unintentionally ignore errors, and more. Plugins exist to add language support in widely used text editors, and at least one IDE, LiteIDE, is branded as "a simple, open source, cross-platform Go IDE."[74]


Hello world[edit]

Here is a Hello world program in Go:

package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
    fmt.Println("Hello, World")

(Run or edit this example online.)


This imitates the Unix echo command in Go:[75]

package main

import (

func main() {
    omitNewline := flag.Bool("n", false, "don't print final newline")
    flag.Parse() // Scans the arg list and sets up flags.

    str := strings.Join(flag.Args(), " ")
    if *omitNewline {
    } else {

File Read[edit]

// Reading and writing files are basic tasks needed for
// many Go programs. First we'll look at some examples of
// reading files.

package main

import (

// Reading files requires checking most calls for errors.
// This helper will streamline our error checks below.
func check(e error) {
    if e != nil {

func main() {

    // Perhaps the most basic file reading task is
    // slurping a file's entire contents into memory.
    dat, err := ioutil.ReadFile("/tmp/dat")

    // You'll often want more control over how and what
    // parts of a file are read. For these tasks, start
    // by `Open`ing a file to obtain an `os.File` value.
    f, err := os.Open("/tmp/dat")

    // Read some bytes from the beginning of the file.
    // Allow up to 5 to be read but also note how many
    // actually were read.
    b1 := make([]byte, 5)
    n1, err := f.Read(b1)
    fmt.Printf("%d bytes: %s\n", n1, string(b1))

    // You can also `Seek` to a known location in the file
    // and `Read` from there.
    o2, err := f.Seek(6, 0)
    b2 := make([]byte, 2)
    n2, err := f.Read(b2)
    fmt.Printf("%d bytes @ %d: %s\n", n2, o2, string(b2))

    // The `io` package provides some functions that may
    // be helpful for file reading. For example, reads
    // like the ones above can be more robustly
    // implemented with `ReadAtLeast`.
    o3, err := f.Seek(6, 0)
    b3 := make([]byte, 2)
    n3, err := io.ReadAtLeast(f, b3, 2)
    fmt.Printf("%d bytes @ %d: %s\n", n3, o3, string(b3))

    // There is no built-in rewind, but `Seek(0, 0)`
    // accomplishes this.
    _, err = f.Seek(0, 0)

    // The `bufio` package implements a buffered
    // reader that may be useful both for its efficiency
    // with many small reads and because of the additional
    // reading methods it provides.
    r4 := bufio.NewReader(f)
    b4, err := r4.Peek(5)
    fmt.Printf("5 bytes: %s\n", string(b4))

    // Close the file when you're done (usually this would
    // be scheduled immediately after `Open`ing with
    // `defer`).



Notable users[edit]

Some notable open-source applications in Go include:

Other companies and sites using Go (generally together with other languages, not exclusively) include:[78][79]

  • Google, for many projects, notably including download server dl.google.com[80][81][82]
  • Dropbox, migrated some of their critical components from Python to Go[83]
  • CloudFlare, for their delta-coding proxy Railgun, their distributed DNS service, as well as tools for cryptography, logging, stream processing, and accessing SPDY sites.[84][85]
  • SoundCloud, for "dozens of systems"[86]
  • The BBC, in some games and internal projects
  • Novartis, for an internal inventory system
  • Splice, for the entire backend (API and parsers) of their online music collaboration platform.[87]
  • Cloud Foundry, a platform as a service
  • CoreOS, a Linux-based operating system that utilizes Docker containers
  • MongoDB, tools for administering MongoDB instances
  • Zerodha, for realtime peering and streaming of market data
  • Chango, a programmatic advertising company uses Go in its real-time bidding systems.[88]
  • SendGrid, a Boulder, Colorado-based transactional email delivery and management service.[89]
  • Plug.dj, an interactive online social music streaming website.[90]


Go's initial release led to much discussion.

The interface system, and the deliberate omission of inheritance, were praised by Michele Simionato, who likened these language characteristics to those of Standard ML, calling it "a shame that no popular language has followed [this] particular route in the design space".[91]

Dave Astels at Engine Yard wrote:[92]

Go is extremely easy to dive into. There are a minimal number of fundamental language concepts and the syntax is clean and designed to be clear and unambiguous. Go is still experimental and still a little rough around the edges.

Ars Technica interviewed Rob Pike, one of the authors of Go, and asked why a new language was needed. He replied that:[93]

It wasn't enough to just add features to existing programming languages, because sometimes you can get more in the long run by taking things away. They wanted to start from scratch and rethink everything. ... [But they did not want] to deviate too much from what developers already knew because they wanted to avoid alienating Go's target audience.

Go was named Programming Language of the Year by the TIOBE Programming Community Index in its first year, 2009, for having a larger 12-month increase in popularity (in only 2 months, after its introduction in November) than any other language that year, and reached 13th place by January 2010,[94] surpassing established languages like Pascal. As of June 2015, its ranking had dropped to below 50th in the index, placing it lower than COBOL and Fortran.[95]

Regarding Go, Bruce Eckel has stated:[96]

The complexity of C++ (even more complexity has been added in the new C++), and the resulting impact on productivity, is no longer justified. All the hoops that the C++ programmer had to jump through in order to use a C-compatible language make no sense anymore -- they're just a waste of time and effort. Now, Go makes much more sense for the class of problems that C++ was originally intended to solve.

A 2011 evaluation of the language and its gc implementation in comparison to C++ (GCC), Java and Scala by a Google engineer found that

Go offers interesting language features, which also allow for a concise and standardized notation. The compilers for this language are still immature, which reflects in both performance and binary sizes.

— R. Hundt[97]

The evaluation got a rebuttal from the Go development team. Ian Lance Taylor, who had improved the Go code for Hundt's paper, had not been aware of the intention to publish his code, and says that his version was "never intended to be an example of idiomatic or efficient Go"; Russ Cox then did optimize the Go code, as well as the C++ code, and got the Go code to run slightly faster than C++ and more than an order of magnitude faster than the "optimized" code in the paper.[98]


Go's mascot is a gopher designed by Renée French, who also designed Glenda, the Plan 9 Bunny. The mascot is based on one French had previously drawn for a WFMU fundraiser T-shirt.[99] The logo and mascot are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.[100]

Naming dispute[edit]

On the day of the general release of the language, Francis McCabe, developer of the Go! programming language (note the exclamation point), requested a name change of Google's language to prevent confusion with his language.[101] The issue was closed by a Google developer on 12 October 2010 with the custom status "Unfortunate" and with the following comment: "there are many computing products and services named Go. In the 11 months since our release, there has been minimal confusion of the two languages."[102]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Usually, exactly one of the result and error values has a value other than the type's zero value; sometimes both do, as when a read or write can only be partially completed, and sometimes neither, as when a read returns 0 bytes. See Semipredicate problem: Multivalued return.
  2. ^ Questions "How do I get dynamic dispatch of methods?" and and "Why is there no type inheritance?" in the language FAQ.[7]


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External links[edit]


Go's open-source libraries include:

  • Go's standard library, which covers a lot of fundamental functionality:
    • Algorithms: compression, cryptography, sorting, math, indexing, and text and string manipulation.
    • External interfaces: I/O, network clients and servers, parsing and writing common formats, running system calls, and interacting with C code.
    • Development tools: reflection, runtime control, debugging, profiling, unit testing, synchronization, and parsing Go.
  • Third-party libraries with more specialized tools:

Some sites help index the libraries outside the Go distribution:

Community and conferences[edit]

  • Gopher Academy, Gopher Academy is a group of developers working to educate and promote the golang community.
  • Golangprojects.com, lists programming jobs and projects where companies are looking for people that know Go
  • GopherCon The first Go conference. Denver, Colorado, USA April 24–26, 2014
  • Gopher Gala The first Golang hackathon. Jan 23 - 25 2015.
  • GopherConIndia The first Go conference in India. Bangalore Feb. 19-21 2015
  • GolangUK The first Golang conference in UK. London 21st Aug 2015
  • dotGo European conference. Paris, France November 9, 2015