How To Install Go on Debian 9 Stretch

Install Go on Debian 9 Stretch

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Go on Debian 9 Stretch. For those of you who didn’t know, Go also known as Golang is an open-source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. In a nutshell, Go is an elegant language with clean and concise specifications that are readable and comprehensive. One of the major strengths of Golang is its concurrency, which means multiple processes of the Go applications can run at the same time.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation Go on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.

Prerequisites

  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 9 (Stretch).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Go on Debian 9 Stretch

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Go on Debian 9.

First, go to the home directory and download Go tarball by using curl command:

cd ~ && curl -O https://dl.google.com/go/go1.11.5.linux-amd64.tar.gz

Now extract the downloaded tarball using the following command inside /usr/local directory:

sudo tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.11.5.linux-amd64.tar.gz

Then, You should set PATH in order to find Go executable binaries by the system:

sudo nano ~/.profile

Add the following file:

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

Next, save and exit the file then reload the profile running the below command:

source ~/.profile

You can confirm with the Go version installed:

### go version
go version go1.11.5 linux/amd64

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Go. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Golang on the Debian 9 server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Go programming language website.

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