Go is a modern programming language developed at Google at around 2007 to improve programming productivity. It is increasingly popular for its many applications like Docker, Kubernetes and popular static site generator like Hugo.
In this tutorial, we will install Go on our Windows Linux Subsystem environment.
First, we will install it using Ubuntu’s package manager, and then we will install it using the binary distribution.
Before we do anything lets check what version of Linux we have installed.
$ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS Release: 18.04 Codename: bionic
Our current version is 18.04, and the LTS means Long Term Support
From the beginning, Ubuntu has its packages, and we can install go within the
Open the terminal and lets update & upgrade our APT package utility and install go
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get upgrade $ sudo apt-get install golang-go
Let us check if it installed correctly
$ go version // go version go1.10.4 linux/amd64
Install Binary Distribution
Let’s say we wanted to get the latest version, we would have to install the official binary distribution.
We first go to https://golang.org/dl/ and select a compatible release according to our OS
Let us open our terminal download our file and extract it in our current directory.
wget https://dl.google.com/go/go1.11.5.linux-amd64.tar.gz $ sudo tar -xvf go1.11.5.linux-amd64.tar.gz
tar: stores/extracts files from the archive
x: extracts the file from target
v: verbosly list files process
f: use archive file
Now we have a folder
/go on our current directory. Let us move it to
sudo mv go /usr/local
Our last step is to add our global variables on our
sudo nano ~/.bashrc
scroll down and add these to your
# Go Global variables export GOROOT=/usr/local/go export GOPATH=$HOME/go export PATH=$GOPATH/bin:$GOROOT/bin:$PATH
To save it
Ctrl + o, and to exit nano
Ctrl + x
update current session
go version // go version go1.11.5 linux/amd64