How to: Install Go 1.11.2 on Ubuntu

Patrick Dahlke
Oct 13, 2017 · 4 min read


Go is an open source, modern programming language developed by Google that uses high-level syntax similar to scripting languages and makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. It is popular for many applications, at many companies, and has a robust set of tools and over 90,000 repos.

By the universal app store for Linux

As mentioned in the comments, snap can also be used to install the latest version of GO. So if you have snap installed the command will be the following — after that you are done:

# This will give you the latest version of go
sudo snap install go --classic

Or do it yourself

Or if you want to do it by your own without the help of any packet manager, this tutorial will walk you through downloading and installing Go 1.11.2, as well as building a simple Hello World application. It’s an update/edit of my other story “How to: Install Go 1.8 on Ubuntu 16.04”


Step 1 — Installing Go

Let’s install go1.11.2 on your PC or server

If you are ready, update and upgrade the Ubuntu packages on your machine. This ensures that you have the latest security patches and fixes, as well as updated repos for your new packages.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y upgrade

With that complete, you can begin downloading the latest package for Go by running this command, which will pull down the Go package file, and save it to your current working directory, which you can determine by running pwd.

curl -O

Next, use tar to unpack the package. This command will use the Tar tool to open and expand the downloaded file, and creates a folder using the package name, and then moves it to /usr/local.

tar -xvf go1.11.2.linux-amd64.tar.gzsudo mv go /usr/local

Some users prefer different locations for their Go installation, or may have mandated software locations. The Go package is now in /usr/local which also ensures Go is in your $PATH for Linux. It is possible to install Go to an alternate location but the $PATH information will change. The location you pick to house your Go folder will be referenced later in this tutorial, so remember where you placed it if the location is different than /usr/local.

Step 2 — Setting Go Paths

In this step, we’ll set some paths that Go needs. The paths in this step are all given are relative to the location of your Go installation in /usr/local. If you chose a new directory, or left the file in download location, modify the commands to match your new location.

First, set Go’s root value, which tells Go where to look for its files.

sudo nano ~/.profile

At the end of the file, add this line:

export GOPATH=$HOME/work
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin:$GOPATH/bin

$HOME/work can point to any directory. This directory will be the directory where all your awesome golang magic will happen and go get will put all the files.

If you chose an alternate installation location for Go, add these lines instead to the same file. This example shows the commands if Go is installed in your home directory:

export GOROOT=$HOME/go
export GOPATH=$HOME/work
export PATH=$PATH:$GOROOT/bin:$GOPATH/bin

With the appropriate line pasted into your profile, save and close the file. Next, refresh your profile by running:

source ~/.profile

Step 3 — Testing your go 1.11.2 installation

Now that Go is installed and the paths are set for your machine, you can test to ensure that Go is working as expected.

Easy and simplest way: type

go version //and it should print the installed go version 1.11.2

Create a new directory for your Go workspace, which is where Go will build its files.

mkdir $HOME/work

Now you can point Go to the new workspace you just created by exporting GOPATH . If you haven’t done it before.

export GOPATH=$HOME/work

For me, the perfect GOPATH is $HOME


Then, create a directory hierarchy in this folder through this command in order for you to create your test file. You can replace the value user with your GitHub username if you plan to use Git to commit and store your Go code on GitHub. If you do not plan to use GitHub to store and manage your code, your folder structure could be something different, like ~/my_project.

mkdir -p work/src/

Next, you can create a simple “Hello World” Go file.

nano work/src/

Inside your editor, paste in the content below, which uses the main Go packages, imports the formatted IO content component, and sets a new function to print ‘Hello World’ when run.

package mainimport "fmt"func main() {
fmt.Printf("hello, world\n")

This file will show “Hello, World” if it successfully runs, which shows that Go is building files correctly. Save and close the file, then compile it invoking the Go command install.

go install

With the file compiled, you can run it by simply referring to the file at your Go path.

sudo $GOPATH/bin/hello

If that command returns “Hello World”, then Go is successfully installed and functional [1].

— That’s it-go1.11.2 is installed


By downloading and installing the latest Go package and setting its paths, you now have a PC/machine to use for Go development.

Check out the original version from DigitalOcean, this post is a copy, but for the 1.11.2 version:

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