Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment with Go (Golang)

CircleCI has built-in support to compile, test, and deploy Go applications. We inspect your code before each build to infer your dependencies and tests. If your project has any additional requirements, you can augment or override our inferred commands via a circle.yml file checked into your repo’s root directory.


The pre-installed version of Go depends on which image your build is using:

Ubuntu 14.04:1.7.4

Ubuntu 12.04:1.5.3


Unlike some other languages on CircleCI, you would not specify the Go version in the machine section of circle.yml.


By default, CircleCI will run go get to retrieve all of your project’s dependencies. This means that any dependency that exists as an import within the source code will be brought in. These packages are stored within the Go Workspace (/home/ubuntu/.go_workspace), which is a cached directory. This means that in future builds, packages that haven’t changed don’t need to be re-downloaded, which saves build time.

Next CircleCI runs go build to build your project and all dependencies.

You can customize what happens in the dependencies phase by using pre, override, or post. The circle.yml equivalent of CircleCI’s Inference is the following:

    # './...' is a relative pattern which means all subdirectories
    - go get -t -d -v ./...
    - go build -v


CircleCI has pre-installed more than a dozen databases and queues, including PostgreSQL and MySQL. If needed, you can manually set up your test database from circle.yml.


Go has a lovely testing framework built right into its toolset. CircleCI takes advantage of that and by default will run go test. Of course you can run any additional tests and commands in the pre, override, and post sections. See test configuration for more information.

Note: Remember that unlike other build phases, commands in test will run regardless of whether the previous command failed or not.

The circle.yml equivalent of CircleCI’s Inference is the following:

    # './...' is a relative pattern which means all subdirectories
    - go test -v -race ./...


CircleCI offers first-class support for deployment. When a build is green (all tests pass), CircleCI will deploy your project as directed in your circle.yml file. We can deploy to popular PaaS’s as well as generic physical and virtual servers under your control.


    # GOROOT is not set by default
    GOROOT: ""
    PATH: "/usr/local/go/bin:/usr/local/go_workspace/bin:~/.go_workspace/bin:${PATH}"
    GOPATH: "${HOME}/.go_workspace:/usr/local/go_workspace:${HOME}/.go_project"

Every project built on CircleCI has a standard CircleCI environment that they’re built in. The following is what we configure specifically for Go projects.

The go binary is located in the default location of /usr/local/go/bin/go. Since the install is in the default location, GOROOT is not set. If you install your own version of Go, make sure to set the location in GOROOT.

CircleCI places all projects in the ubuntu user’s home directory as /home/ubuntu/<REPO_NAME>. To work with Go’s expected directory structure, a symlink is placed to your project’s directory at /home/ubuntu/.go_project/src/<USER>/<REPO_NAME> (this happens at dependencies stage, unless that section is overridden).

Project dependencies are placed in their own workspace. For example, if we imported a package called ‘calculator’ from the Acme company, it would be downloaded to /home/ubuntu/.go_workspace/src/