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How to Install Golang in Linux

Go is a statically typed, compiled programming language designed at Google by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson. Go is syntactically similar to C, but with memory safety, garbage collection, structural typing, and CSP-style concurrency.


Click the button below to download the Go installer.

go1.17.linux-amd64.tar.gz (129 MB)


Follow the installation instructions:

  • Extract the archive you downloaded into /usr/local, creating a Go tree in /usr/local/go. Important: This step will remove a previous installation at /usr/local/go, if any, prior to extracting. Please back up any data before proceeding. For example, run the following as root or through sudo:

rm -rf /usr/local/go && tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.17.linux-amd64.tar.gz
  • Add /usr/local/go/bin to the PATH environment variable. You can do this by adding the following line to your $HOME/.profile or /etc/profile (for a system-wide installation):

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin 
  • Note: Changes made to a profile file may not apply until the next time you log into your computer. To apply the changes immediately, just run the shell commands directly or execute them from the profile using a command such as source $HOME/.profile.

  • Verify that you've installed Go by opening a command prompt and typing the following command:

$ go version 
  • Confirm that the command prints the installed version of Go.

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