goenv -- Go environment manager

1. What's this

goenv is command line tool to create Go project.

2. Install

2.0 pre-requirements

  • In advance of using installation scripts, please make sure directories specified by $GOENVGOROOT and $GOENVTARGET exist and those permissions are correctly set.
  • Make sure git is installed.

2.1 Fast installation

If you are already using Go and have existing GOROOT with built Go binaries and you do not need to install Go binaries with goof command, install goenv with

To install goenv, get all code for it and put built program into appropriate directory:

$ git clone
$ cd goenv
$ go build -o goenv -ldflags "-s -w" *.go
$ chmod +x goenv
$ cp goenv /path/to/bindir

or you can run a following command for procedure all above:

$ export GOENVTARGET=/path/to/install/target
$ curl -L | zsh

(Author is using zsh)

2.2 Go initial installation

You have to set following variables beforehand:

  • GOENVGOROOT: Go binary install target. All Go binaries are installed under this directory.
  • GOENVTARGET: goenv install target. goenv and are installed here.
  • GOENVHOME: All workspaces created with goof command are here.

ex) ~/.zshrc:

export GOENVGOROOT=$HOME/.goenvs
export GOENVHOME=$HOME/workspace

If you're fine with installing Go from the source code and goenv at the same time, use

$ curl -L | zsh

When the installation that release version of golang is finished, you can set the GOROOT variable and adding $GOROOT/bin to $PATH. ex) ~/.zshrc:

export GOROOT=$GOENVGOROOT/release
export PATH=$GOROOT/bin:$PATH

3. Usage

3.1 Basics

goenv is quite simple tool and usage is as following:

goenv [-go GOROOT] [-deps <additional GOPATH>] [-gae] envname
goenv -version

-go option is used when we need to use different Go binary.

-deps option is for adding GOPATH in case that the projects depends on local 3rd party packages.

For instance, when you are to create independent project foo, just run:

goenv foo

It create directory foo in following manner:

% tree foo
 ├── activate
 └── src/

To activate foo project's environment, load activate file and required environment variables will be set properly:

% source foo/activate
(go:foo) %

In order to deactivate current environment and rollback to what it was, call deactivate function:

(go:foo) % deactivate

3.2 GAE/Go support

goenv also supports creating GAE/Go environments. With -gae option, it generates app.yaml and initial Go file for GAE/Go as well as activate script. For instance, if you create a workspace gaetest with this option, directory structure of a generate workspace would be:

% goenv -gae gaetest
% tree gaetest
├── activate
└── src
       ├── app.yaml
       └── gaetest.go

At the same time, -gae option sets path to "$GAEGO" at the head of PATH, where GAEGO is path to Google App Engine for Go SDK.

4. Support tool (goof)

4.1 Basics

goof -- goenv wrapper for goofy gophers -- command is provided from to enhance the power of goenv. will put in the same directory as goenv command is installed. To use goof command, load functions there with source command or add following line in your .bashrc:

export GOENVHOME=/path/to/environment_root
source /path/to/

goof command has following 5 subcommands.

make creates environment with specified environment name under $GOENVHOME:

% goof make foo
(go:foo) %

make option accepts goenv command options, so you can create GAE skeleton project with following command for instance:

% goof make foo -gae

show shows all existing environments. Environment with '*' mark is current environment:

(go:foo) % goof show
foo *

workon switches current environment to specified environment:

(go:foo) % goof workon bar
(go:bar) %
bar *

To delete unnecessary environment, run remove with the environment name:

(go:bar) % goof remove foo
bar *

4.2 Go install support

From goenv version 0.4.0, goof supports installing Go itself. In order to goinstall subcommand, set GOENVGOROOT environment variable:

% export GOENVGOROOT=/opt/goenv

goinstall subcommand works with tag of the Go repository, such as "go1.0.3", "release.r60" and "weekly.2012-01-27". For first call of goof goinstall, it fetches all source from Go repository into $GOENVGOROOT:

% goof goinstall go1.0.3
[goof] Go source code initial checkout.
[goof] 'go1.0.3' is installed in /opt/goenv/go1.0.3

All installed Go binaries are shown with goinstall subcommand without arguments:

% goof goinstall
  /opt/goenv/go (repository)
* /opt/goenv/go1.0.3

You can also uninstall Go binaries with -u option before version number:

% goof goinstall -u go1.0.2
[goof] uninstalled version 'go1.0.2'

When you need to confirm all tags, give "tags" as an argument:

% goof goinstall tags
tip                            15392:7bc28d72d49c
release                        13677:2d8bc3c94ecb
go1.0.3                        13677:2d8bc3c94ecb
go1.0.2                        13230:5e806355a9e1
go1.0.1                        12994:2ccfd4b451d3
go1                            12872:920e9d1ffd1f

goof go replaces current GOROOT with specified Go version:

% goof go go1.0.2
% goof goinstall
  /opt/goenv/go (repository)
* /opt/goenv/go1.0.3

4.3 Advanced option

goof make is supporting gocode and godef installation which are code auto-completion tool for and code search assistance for go respectively. Either of them will be installed under GOPATH/bin:

% goof make test -gocode -godef
% ls $GOPATH/bin/
gocode godef

5. Contribution

Any contribution to this project are welcome. If you are to send patch to this repository, please request to develop branch, because this project is developed under A Successful Git branching model. All patches to other branches than develop will be ignored unless those are application for hotfix branches.

6. License

goenv is an open source project with BSD-style license. See LICENSE file for details.