Do you know of any URLs for PPAs of Google's Go Language?

  • Does anybody know of binary packages (.deb) of gccgo 4.7 or later for Ubuntu Lucid? – pts Apr 9 '12 at 17:58

Here's a PPA for Go. It worked for me, just now, and is maintained with golang versions for 10.04-12.04.

Substitute golang-weekly or golang-tip if you want more up to date snapshots.


EDIT: unfortunately the Gophers archive is now discontinued (see the PPA description and http://blog.labix.org/2013/06/15/in-flight-deb-packages-of-go), now replaced by a custom binary that can be used to generate Go deb packages from source.

However, the golang package currently in Trusty is relatively recent (1.2.1 at the time of this writing). If you are still on 12.04, you might want to use this backports PPA:

which I maintain trying to keep up with stable updates in official Ubuntu repositories.

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  • I've installed this PPA and I seem to have all the relevant packages installed (stable version). But where are the executables? I'm trying the usual ones - 6g and 6l are not in the path. – egarcia Mar 19 '12 at 19:02
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    No support for 14.04... :-( – Ionică Bizău May 2 '14 at 15:09
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    ...aaaaand it's yet another dead PPA without packages for current versions of Ubuntu. – Aaron C. de Bruyn Oct 6 '15 at 18:24
  • Please unmark this answer as the right one, it's no longer relevant. – Jason R. Coombs Jan 9 '19 at 20:14

Currently, there is no PPA for the latest upstream version of Go available. To install the current Go version you can use godeb, which automatically installs the latest upstream version as a .deb package:

  1. Prepare the envorinment by creating a directory and setting the GOPATH and PATH variable:

    mkdir -p ~/.go/bin
    echo "GOPATH DEFAULT=\${HOME}/.go" >> ~/.pam_environment
    echo "PATH DEFAULT=\${PATH}:\$GOPATH/bin" >> ~/.pam_environment
    # Re-login your user so the variables are applied
  2. Download, unpack and install the latest Go version with godeb:

    wget -O /tmp/godeb-amd64.tar.gz https://godeb.s3.amazonaws.com/godeb-amd64.tar.gz
    tar xfz /tmp/godeb-amd64.tar.gz -C ~/.go/bin
    godeb install

    Go is now ready to use. For more information, see godeb --help.

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    2016 here. This is the correct answer. – mniess Jan 31 '16 at 23:27
  • Yes, just discovered this myself as the correct answer. You can read a blog post about it here. blog.labix.org/2013/06/15/in-flight-deb-packages-of-go – RayfenWindspear Oct 7 '16 at 15:25
  • On Ubuntu Xenial, the "prepare environment" instructions don't work for me. The .pam_environment is executed, but ${HOME} apparently is empty, so GOPATH ends up as /.go, which is a no-go. – Jason R. Coombs Jan 9 '19 at 20:23
  • See my answer below for info on how to install go v1.11 from the gophers archive PPA. – Jonathan Cross Apr 1 '19 at 1:41

I've not been able to find a PPA, but the gccgo developer has posted .deb packages on his sourceforge site.

Individuals have been working on packaging upstream Go in Debian, see the WNPP bug for more info. You might be able to build a deb from the hg repo as folloows:

hg clone http://hg.debian.org/hg/collab-maint/golang/
cd golang
debuild -us -uc

I'm not terribly familiar with using hg to build debian packages, and keep in mind this is development packaging you're working with.

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    abort: HTTP Error 404: Not Found – Ionică Bizău May 2 '14 at 15:08

I used this one ppa:ubuntu-lxc/lxd-stable that has the near to latest version

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  • Why has this been downvoted? They actually provide a package of golang with version 1.6 beta. It worked well for me! – Atmocreations Jan 21 '16 at 7:25
  • Corresponding Launchpad page: launchpad.net/~ubuntu-lxc/+archive/ubuntu/lxd-stable – Veger Sep 8 '16 at 8:34
  • This is what I have been using but they are currently lagging behind. Right now their version is 1.6.2, but 1.6.3 and 1.7 have been released. – RayfenWindspear Oct 7 '16 at 15:17

2020 answer: You can use the recommended ppa:longsleep/golang-backports. It provides Golang:

  • 1.8
  • 1.9
  • 1.10
  • 1.11
  • 1.12
  • 1.13
  • 1.14

You can read more info on https://launchpad.net/~longsleep/+archive/ubuntu/golang-backports.

To sum it up:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:longsleep/golang-backports
sudo apt update
sudo apt install golang-go
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gccgo has official .deb packages in Debian experimental now.

This should be all you need to compile go code into an executable.

More info and links here:

As latest Ubuntu is usually a pull from experimental, then it should certainly be in 11.04 Natty Narwhal.

If you want roll you own .deb for a previous Ubuntu version, then comment from @lfaraone will get you access to debianized selection of google's own source.

If you want to pull the source direct from Google then there is a recent article by @mirwing telling you how to do that.

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Go versions 1.4 through 1.11 for Ubuntu Trusty, Xenial, Bionic, Cosmic and Disco can be installed from here: https://launchpad.net/~gophers/+archive/ubuntu/archive

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gophers/go
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install golang-1.11-go


Note: After install, you will need to add /usr/lib/go-1.X/bin (or maybe /usr/lib/go-tip/bin) to your $PATH, or you can just invoke /usr/lib/go-1.X/bin/go directly.

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