Hello world in Golang

Hello world in Golang

Writing Hello World program has become traditionally a trend to write your first program in any programming language whether it is on python or java or anyone. It's a program that simply prints out Hello World at your terminal.

Writing the Go program is easy as we will see here. Without further ado, let's write in Go lang.

If you know about installation or have installed Go, you can skip this.


If this is your first time setting up Go on your computer, don’t worry; installing Go is easy. All you need to go towards official documentation and follow the guide based on your local machine.

If you have already install Go, make sure you check out the version you have from your terminal by using the go version command.

go version

Also, you can run the go env command to get the information about your current Go installation and environment. The output should look something like this:


Hello World

Actually, Hello world is a simple and complete first program for beginners. Create a folder called "hello" and create a file called "hello.go". You can create it at your own choice. Be prepared with your favorite IDE or text editor or any online compiler.

mkdir hello
cd hello
touch hello.go

You can try it out from the online go playground.

package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
    fmt.Println("Hello, World!")

You need to know that Go applications require the main package and exactly one main() function that serves as the entry point for the application. The main function takes no arguments and returns no values. Instead, it tells the Go compiler that the package should be compiled as an executable package. Let's run the Hello World program.

go run hello.go
Hello, World!

It uses the fmt package and calls the Println function with Hello, World as an argument. import is a go keyword that tells the go compiler which other packages you want to use in this file. You imported fmt and it provides formatting and printing functions. fmt.Println is a go function, found in fmt package that tells the computer to print some text to the screen.

Let's understand what's going on under the hood. First of all, you need to know what go run <filename> does exactly. go run combines building and running the application in one command. Try out using another command in the same program.

go build hello.go -o hello

Well, it does exactly here too. Wait what's the difference here? Here, go build create a binary that is distributed for other people to use. Most of the time, this is what you want to do. Using the -o flag, it gives the binary a different name or location. If we look again in the project, using go run, it doesn't create any binary right.

Actually, it does, go run command does, in fact, compiles your code into a binary. However, the binary is built in a temporary directory. The go run command builds the binary, executes the binary from that temporary directory, and then deletes the binary after your program finishes. This makes the go run command very useful for testing out small programs.

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