It is in a usable state, but the API might change from time to time. If you want to use this package, please use a specific commit as your version to make sure any changes down the road does not break your application.


A collection of Go utilities for Cloud-Native applications.

This package aims at providing a collection of tools to build cloud-native applications.

It’s something I do on my own time, mostly for fun and to challenge myself to build tools that are as efficient as possible (cpu, memory, latency, etc.).

For now, it only contains a circuit breaker, but I plan to add more utilities when I have the time.

I build these tools with a primary focus on two objectives:

  • Making the most efficient tools possible (cpu efficient, memory efficient, fast, etc.)
  • Making the tools as easy to use as possible

I try to make tools with sensible defaults, so that its easy to get started out of the box without configuration. I also try to offer as much configurations as possible, and to make configuration easy to manage.

I also try to benchmark everything, and aim for the fastest solution possible with less memory allocation as possible (see benchmarks below).

Feel free to use, provide feedback and contribute if you want to.

Circuit breaker

The circuitbreaker package contains a circuit breaker that can be used for almost anything that involves making request to another component of your application.


Strategies are a way to customize the logic of your circuit breaker when it is in the half-open state. This package provides only one strategy for now:

  • halfOpenTimer strategy.


The halfOpenTimer strategy is a simple timer that will retry requests at periodic intervals (the timer interval). Once a success threshold is met, the circuit will be closed. If a request returns an error, the circuit goes back to the closed state. It is the default strategy.

Custom strategies

It is possible to provide your own strategy by implementing the Strategy interface.


Custom usage

You can use the circuit breaker for any operations by wrapping your operation inside a closure.

func createCircuitBreaker(){
  cb := circuitbreaker.NewCircuitBreaker(
    circuitbreaker.WithTimerStrategy(1 * time.Second, 3),
    circuitbreaker.WithOpenDuration(3 * time.Second),

  err := cb.Do(operationInClosure())
  if err != nil{
    log.Fatal("some error")

// since the circuit breaker only takes a function
// of the type `func() error, you need to wrap your operation
// in a closure, like here
func operationInClosure() func() error  {
  var res = 0
  var err error = nil
  op := func() error {
    res, err = someComplexOperation(1, 2, 3)
    return nil
  return op

// the function you want to call from the circuit breaker
func someComplexOperation(a, b, c int) (int, error) {
  return a + b * c, nil

HTTP requests

One of the most common use case for circuit breaker is for HTTP request. This package provides an easy to do that by creating an http.Transport that delegates the HTTP requests to the circuit breaker. See circuitbreaker/httpcircuit.go for more details:

func createHttpCircuitBreaker(){
  cb := circuitbreaker.NewHttpTransportCircuitBreaker(http.DefaultTransport)

  httpClient := http.Client{
    Transport:     cb,

gRPC requests

Not supported yet, but should come soon.


The circuit breaker adds little overhead to a request. As we can see here:

  • when the circuit is open, it adds between 0 and 2 nanoseconds of overhead to the latency of the request
  • when the circuit is closed, it adds around 30 nanoseconds of overhead
  • when the circuit is half-closed, it adds between 0 and 2 nanoseconds of overhead

goos: darwin
goarch: amd64
pkg: gutils/circuitbreaker
cpu: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6920HQ CPU @ 2.90GHz
BenchmarkDoOpen                                         574301286     2.119 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoOpen-2                                       1000000000    1.008 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoOpen-4                                       1000000000    0.5261 ns/op           0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoOpen-8                                       1000000000    0.5207 ns/op           0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoClose/operation_always_return_nil            145047079     8.814 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoClose/operation_always_return_nil-2          36377684      30.32 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoClose/operation_always_return_nil-4          33612763      30.44 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoClose/operation_always_return_nil-8          50707626      26.77 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoClose/operation_always_return_error          115203723     10.19 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoClose/operation_always_return_error-2        38438550      33.46 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoClose/operation_always_return_error-4        39111943      30.76 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoClose/operation_always_return_error-8        35006012      28.71 ns/op            0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoHalfOpen                                     573045352      2.117 ns/op           0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoHalfOpen-2                                   1000000000     1.033 ns/op           0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoHalfOpen-4                                   1000000000     0.5272 ns/op          0 B/op          0 allocs/op
BenchmarkDoHalfOpen-8                                   1000000000     0.5199 ns/op          0 B/op          0 allocs/op


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