Go is a programming language developed by Google's team which offers a robust set of libraries and is becoming very popular. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install GO on Ubuntu Linux version 17.

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Tutorial - GO on Ubuntu Linux

On the Linux console, use the following commands to install the required packages.

# apt-get update
# apt-get install build-essential

Now, let's download and install the Go software.

# mkdir /downloads
# cd /downloads
# wget https://dl.google.com/go/go1.9.3.linux-amd64.tar.gz
# tar -C /usr/local -zxvf go1.9.3.linux-amd64.tar.gz

In our example, the Go software was installed under the /usr/local folder.

In order to work properly, the Go software expect the system to have a set of environment variables.

Let's create a file to automate the required environment variables configuration.

# vi /etc/profile.d/go.sh

Here is the go.sh file content.

export GOROOT=/usr/local/go
export GOPATH=$GOROOT/work
export PATH=$PATH:$GOROOT/bin:$GOPATH/bin

Now, let's reboot the computer and check if the required environment variables will be created automatically.

# reboot

Use the following command to check if the environment variables were created.

# env | grep -E "(ROOT|PATH)"

Test the Go program using the following command.

# go version

You are now the proud owner of a GO on Ubuntu Linux installation.