How To Install Go on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install Go on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Go on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. 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 programming language on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).
  • 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 user or 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 Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Go on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

  • Method 1. Install Go using Golang installer.
wget -q

Make the Golang installation executable:

chmod +x installer_linux

Then, run the installer_linux executable to install Go on your Ubuntu system:

### ./installer_linux 
Welcome to the Go installer!
Downloading Go version go1.10 to /home/linuxconfig/.go
This may take a bit of time...
Setting up GOPATH
GOPATH has been set up!

One more thing! Run `source /home/idroot/.bash_profile` to persist the
new environment variables to your current session, or open a
new shell prompt.

As prompted by the installer, run the source command to update your current shell session variables to include the new GOPATH, or simply open a new shell session:

source /home/idroot/.bash_profile

You can confirm with the Go version installed:

### go version
go version go1.10 linux/amd64
  • Method 2. Install Go from the Ubuntu repository.
apt install golang

Next, we first need to set GOPATH:

echo 'export GOPATH=$HOME/go' >> ~/.bashrc 
echo 'export PATH=${PATH}:${GOPATH}/bin' >> ~/.bashrc 
source ~/.bashrc
  • Method 3. Install Go using Snap.
snap install go --classic

Next, set GOPATH:

echo 'export GOPATH=$HOME/go' >> ~/.bashrc 
echo 'export PATH=${PATH}:${GOPATH}/bin' >> ~/.bashrc 
source ~/.bashrc

Check for the installed version:

### go version
go version go1.10 linux/amd64

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Go. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Go programming language in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Go programming language website.

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