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How to install Go on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Go on macOS using Homebrew. Go is an open source programming language to build simple, reliable, efficient software.

What is Go?

“The Go programming language is an open source project to make programmers more productive. Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It’s a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.” ~

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Go on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew install go 

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install Go on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update                 # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew search go              # Searches all known formulae for a partial or exact match.
$ brew info go                # Displays information about the given formulae.
$ brew install go             # Install the given formulae.
$ brew cleanup                # Remove any older versions from the cellar.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Go on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.