Go Binaries

Go Binaries is an on-demand binary server, allowing non-Go users to quickly install tools written in Go without installing go itself, and removing the burden of cross-compiling and uploading dozens of binaries for every command-line you write.

On-demand Go binary example

Usage

Install PKG with optional semver VERSION.

curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/<PKG>[@VERSION] | sh

Install PKG with optional semver VERSION to the given directory PREFIX. By default /usr/local/bin is used.

curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/<PKG>[@VERSION] | PREFIX=/tmp sh

The github.com path prefix is optional.

Examples

Install the hey HTTP benchmarking tool:

curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/rakyll/hey | sh

Install the wuzz HTTP client:

curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/asciimoo/wuzz | sh

Install the latest version of staticgen:

curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/tj/staticgen/cmd/staticgen | sh

Install the latest 1.x major version of staticgen:

curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/tj/staticgen/cmd/[email protected] | sh

Install the v1.0.0 version of triage:

curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/tj/triage/cmd/[email protected] | sh

Semver support

The following semver patterns are supported:

  • Exact version: v1.2.3, 1.2.3
  • Wildcards: v1.x, v1.2.x, 1.x, 1.2.x
  • Wildcards (implicit): v1, v1.2, 1.2
  • Leading v is optional, regardless of the Git tag

How does it work?

Take for example you want to install @rakyll’s fantastic HTTP benchmarking tool hey, to install the latest release you would run:

curl -sf https://gobinaries.com/rakyll/hey | sh

This request fetches the latest tag from GitHub and responds with a shell script which performs a second request, populated with the resolved version and architecture as shown here:

https://gobinaries.com/binary/github.com/rakyll/hey?os=darwin&arch=amd64&version=v0.1.3

The response of this request is a Golang binary compiled for the requested os, architecture, and package version. The result is cached in a CDN for subsequent requests.

Limitations

  • The Go package must compile in under 100 seconds (CDN limitation)
  • The Go package must have at least one Git tag

FAQ

What’s wrong with go-get?

Using go-get for installation is fine if you’re a Go user, however, if you’re creating programs which are designed to be used by a wider audience it’s unlikely they will have Go installed.

Which version of Go is used?

Currently Go 1.13.x via the official golang:1.13 Docker image.


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Sponsors

Sponsors

This project is sponsored by CTO.ai, making it easy for development teams to create and share workflow automations without leaving the command line.

And my GitHub sponsors:

GitHub

https://github.com/tj/gobinaries