Go Repository Template

GitHub Release Go Reference go.mod Build Status Go Report Card Codecov

This is a GitHub repository template for Go. It has been created for ease-of-use for anyone who wants to:

  • quickly get into Go without losing too much time on environment setup,
  • create a new repoisitory with basic Continous Integration.

It includes:

Star this repository if you find it valuable and worth maintaining.

Watch this repository to get notified about new releases, issues, etc.


  1. Sign up on Codecov and configure Codecov GitHub Application for all repositories.
  2. Click the Use this template button (alt. clone or download this repository).
  3. Replace all occurences of golang-templates/seed to your_org/repo_name in all files.
  4. Rename folder cmd/seed to cmd/app_name and update .goreleaser.yml accordingly.
  5. Update LICENSE and README.md.


  • Terminal: make to get help for make targets.
  • Visual Studio Code: TerminalRun Build Task... (CTRL+ALT+B) to execute a fast build.


The release workflow is triggered each time a tag with v prefix is pushed.

CAUTION: Make sure to understand the consequences before you bump the major version. More info: Go Wiki, Go Blog.


Remember to update Go version in .github/workflows, Makefile and devcontainer.json.

Notable files:


Why Visual Studio Code editor configuration

Developers that use Visual Studio Code can take advantage of the editor configuration. While others do not have to care about it. Setting configs for each repo is unnecessary time consuming. VS Code is the most popular Go editor (survey) and it is officially supported by the Go team.

You can always remove the .devcontainer and .vscode directories if it really does not help you.

Why GitHub Actions, not any other CI server

GitHub Actions is out-of-the-box if you are already using GitHub. Here you can learn how to use it for Go.

However, changing to any other CI server should be very simple, because this repository has build logic and tooling installation in Makefile.

You can also use the docker make target to run the build using a docker container.

How can I build on Windows

Install tdm-gcc and copy C:\TDM-GCC-64\bin\mingw32-make.exe to C:\TDM-GCC-64\bin\make.exe.

Alternatively use WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) or develop inside a Remote Container. However, take into consideration that then you are not going to use “bare-metal” Windows.

How can I create an application installation script

  1. Install GoDownloader.
  2. Execute:
godownloader --repo=your_org/repo_name > ./install.sh
  1. Push install.sh to your repository.
  2. Add installation instructions to your README.md e.g.:
curl -sSfL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/your_org/repo_name/master/install.sh | sh -s -- -b /usr/local/bin

How can I create a Docker image, deb/rpm/snap package, Homebrew Tap, Scoop App Manifest etc.

Take a look at GoReleaser docs as well as its repo how it is dogfooding its functionality.

How can I create a library instead of an application

You can change the .goreleaser.yml to contain:

  skip: true
  prerelease: auto

Alternatively, you can completly remove the usage of GoReleaser if you prefer handcrafted release notes.

Why the code coverage results are not accurate

By default go test records code coverage for the package that is currently tested. If you want to get more accurate (cross-package) coverage, then consider using go-acc. Read more.

How to automate generating git tags for next release version

Auto-tagging can be done in many ways e.g. by using GitHub Actions like:

However, creating a release tag manually is often the optimal approach. Take notice that this template executes a release workflow each time a git tag with v prefix is pushed.


Simply create an issue or a pull request.