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Install Go Lang on MacOS with Homebrew!

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais

I’ve started learning Go lang. It seems to be built by the right people with the right expectations. So, the first thing I did was install go on Mac with Homebrew.

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First of all export some paths, and save them in your .zshrc or .bashrc files for easy use. Use sudo if you get error.

# Go development
export GOPATH="${HOME}/.go"
export GOROOT="$(brew --prefix golang)/libexec"
export PATH="$PATH:${GOPATH}/bin:${GOROOT}/bin"
test -d "${GOPATH}" || mkdir "${GOPATH}"
test -d "${GOPATH}/src/github.com" || mkdir -p "${GOPATH}/src/github.com"

Then finally install go, with Homebrew.

brew install go

Also a bunch of dev tools!

go get golang.org/x/tools/cmd/godoc

go get github.com/golang/lint/golint

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And we’re done. Let me know if you have any issues.

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  • gman100
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    gman100 gman100

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    Creating a ~/.bashrc file as instructed above didn’t set the environment variables, to fix I created a ~/.bash_profile (I didn’t have one) and added the following to it:

    [[ -s ~/.bashrc ]] && source ~/.bashrc


  • gman100
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    gman100 gman100

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    godoc is bundled with the base Go install but golint isn’t.


  • Karan Harsh Wardhan
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    Karan Harsh Wardhan Karan Harsh Wardhan

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    Karans-MacBook-Pro:~ karanharshwardhan$ test โ€“d โ€œ${GOPATH}/src/github.comโ€ || mkdir โ€“p โ€œ${GOPATH}/src/github.comโ€
    -bash: test: โ€“d: unary operator expected
    mkdir: โ€“p: File exists
    mkdir: โ€œ/Users/karanharshwardhan/.go/src: No such file or directory


  • Karan H
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    Karan H Karan H

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    i get this error when i execute the commands and i don’t really understand how to fix it?

    Karans-MacBook-Pro:~ karanharshwardhan$ test โ€“d โ€œ${GOPATH}/src/github.comโ€ || mkdir โ€“p โ€œ${GOPATH}/src/github.comโ€
    -bash: test: โ€“d: unary operator expected
    mkdir: โ€“p: File exists
    mkdir: โ€œ/Users/karanharshwardhan/.go/src: No such file or directory


    • Graham Land
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      Graham Land Graham Land

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      Don’t cut and paste from the browser – try typing the commands in as the quotes are not the standard posix character set


    • gman100
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      gman100 gman100

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      Your command has smart quotes try the following
      test โ€“d “${GOPATH}/src/github.com” || mkdir โ€“p “${GOPATH}/src/github.com”


      • gman100
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        gman100 gman100

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        Wow, my browser added smart quotes (โ€œโ€) to my last response, you will need normal quotes.


  • William Grisaitis
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    William Grisaitis William Grisaitis

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    Typo with `test-d “${GOPATH}/src/github.com” || mkdir -p “${GOPATH}/src/github.com”` :)


  • Kokila Alupotha
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    Kokila Alupotha Kokila Alupotha

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    GOROOT=”$(brew –prefix golang)/libexec”
    puting these lines in your .zshrc file will significantly slow down terminal open time.
    What I did is get the output of `brew –prefix golang` and put it like this ‘/usr/local/opt/go/libexec’


    • Ahmad Awais
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      Ahmad Awais Ahmad Awais

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      That makes a lot of sense. Thank you.


      • Patrick
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        Patrick Patrick

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        I’ve heard setting GOROOT is not even necessary.


  • Rahul Bohra
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    Rahul Bohra Rahul Bohra

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    This command doesn’t work

    `go get github.com/golang/lint/golint`

    instead this works

    `go get golang.org/x/lint/golint`

    ERROR Faced :

    package github.com/golang/lint/golint: code in directory /Users/USERNAME/go/src/github.com/golang/lint/golint expects import “golang.org/x/lint/golint”


  • Rahul Bohra
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    Rahul Bohra Rahul Bohra

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    Also, need to know your theme name or if its open source then please share the link, would like to use for mine


  • Shankar
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    Shankar Shankar

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    – Your website is super fast
    – Your instructions were super fast
    – My installations after following your instructions are super fast
    – The Go plugin you recommended is super fast !!!!!!!


    • Ahmad Awais
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      Ahmad Awais Ahmad Awais

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      Haha. I’m so glad that you found it all useful. :)


  • Weslley
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    Weslley Weslley

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    Why you’d created a hidden folder to $GOPATH variable?

    Btw, thank you for homebrew installation support!


  • Mat Jovanovic
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    Mat Jovanovic Mat Jovanovic

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    Your golint repo is wrong, I’d switch to golang.org/x/lint/golint

    Everything else is awesome, thanks!!!