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Algorithmia Common Library (Golang)

Golang client library for accessing the Algorithmia API.

For detailed library documentation, see the Godoc.

Table Of Contents


go get


First, create an Algorithmia client and authenticate with your API key:

import (
	algorithmia ""

var apiKey = "{{Your API key here}}"
var client = algorithmia.NewClient(apiKey, "")

Now you're ready to call algorithms.

Calling algorithms

The following examples of calling algorithms are organized by type of input/output which vary between algorithms.

Note: a single algorithm may have different input and output types, or accept multiple types of input, so consult the algorithm's description for usage examples specific to that algorithm.

Text input/output

Call an algorithm with text input by simply passing a string into its Pipe method. If the algorithm output is text, then the Result field of the response will be a string.

algo, _ := client.Algo("demo/Hello/0.1.1")
resp, _ := algo.Pipe("Author")
response := resp.(*algorithmia.AlgoResponse)
fmt.Println(response.Result)            //Hello Author
fmt.Println(response.Metadata)          //Metadata(content_type='text',duration=0.0002127)
fmt.Println(response.Metadata.Duration) //0.0002127

JSON input/output

Call an algorithm with JSON input by simply passing in a type that can be serialized to JSON. For algorithms that return JSON, the Result field of the response will be the appropriate deserialized type.

algo, _ := client.Algo("WebPredict/ListAnagrams/0.1.0")
resp, _ := algo.Pipe([]string{"transformer", "terraforms", "retransform"})
response := resp.(*algorithmia.AlgoResponse)
fmt.Println(response.Result) //[transformer retransform]

Binary input/output

Call an algorithm with binary input by passing a byte array into the Pipe method. Similarly, if the algorithm response is binary data, then the Result field of the response will be a byte array.

input, _ := ioutil.ReadFile("/path/to/bender.png")
algo, _ := client.Algo("opencv/SmartThumbnail/0.1")
resp, _ := algo.Pipe(input)
response := resp.(*algorithmia.AlgoResponse)
ioutil.WriteFile("thumbnail.png", response.Result.([]byte), 0666)
fmt.Println(response.Result) //[binary byte sequence]

Error handling

API errors and Algorithm exceptions will result in calls to Pipe returning an error:

algo, _ := client.Algo("util/whoopsWrongAlgo")
_, err := algo.Pipe("Hello, World!")
fmt.Println(err) //algorithm algo://util/whoopsWrongAlgo not found

Request options

The client exposes options that can configure algorithm requests. This includes support for changing the timeout or indicating that the API should include stdout in the response.

algo, _ = client.Algo("util/echo")
algo.SetOptions(algorithmia.AlgoOptions{Timeout: 60, Stdout: false})

Working with data

Create directories

Create directories by instantiating a DataDirectory object and calling Create:

client.Dir("data://.my/foo").Create(nil) //nil for default access control (private)

Upload files to a directory

Upload files by calling Put on a DataFile object.

foo := client.Dir("data://.my/foo")
foo.File("sample.txt").Put("sample text contents")
foo.File("binary_file").Put([]byte{72, 101, 108, 108, 111})

Note: you can instantiate a DataFile by either client.File(filepath) or client.Dir(path).File(filename)

Download contents of file

Download files by calling StringContents, Bytes, Json, or File on a DataFile object:

foo := client.Dir("data://.my/foo")
sampleText, _ := foo.File("sample.txt").StringContents() //string object
fmt.Println(sampleText)                                  //"sample text contents"

binaryContent, _ := foo.File("binary_file").Bytes()      //binary data
fmt.Println(string(binaryContent))                       //"Hello"

tempFile, _ := foo.File("binary_file").File()            //Open file descriptor for read
defer tempFile.Close()
binaryContent, _ = ioutil.ReadAll(tempFile)
fmt.Println(string(binaryContent))                       //"Hello"

Delete files and directories

Delete files and directories by calling Delete on their respective DataFile or DataDirectory object. DataDirectories have ForceDelete method that deletes the directory even it contains files or other directories.

foo := client.Dir("data://.my/foo")
foo.ForceDelete() // force deleting the directory and its contents

List directory contents

Iterate over the contents of a directory using the channel returned by calling List, Files, or Dirs on a DataDirectory object:

foo := client.Dir("data://.my/foo")

// List files in "foo"
for entry := range foo.Files() {
	if entry.Err == nil {
		file := entry.Object.(*algorithmia.DataFile)
		fmt.Println(file.Path(), "at URL:", file.Url(), "last modified:", file.LastModified())

// List directories in "foo"
for entry := range foo.Dirs() {
	if entry.Err == nil {
		dir := entry.Object.(*algorithmia.DataDirectory)
		fmt.Println(dir.Path(), "at URL:", dir.Url())

// List everything in "foo"
for entry := range foo.List() {
	if entry.Err == nil {
		fmt.Println(entry.Object.Path(), "at URL:", entry.Object.Url())

Manage directory permissions

Directory permissions may be set when creating a directory, or may be updated on already existing directories.

foo := client.Dir("data://.my/foo")

//ReadAclPublic is a wrapper for &Acl{AclTypePublic} to make things easier

acl, _ := foo.Permissions()                             //Acl object
fmt.Println(acl.ReadAcl() == algorithmia.AclTypePublic) //true

acl, _ = foo.Permissions()                               //Acl object
fmt.Println(acl.ReadAcl() == algorithmia.AclTypePrivate) //true

Running tests

To run all test files:

export ALGORITHMIA_API_KEY={{Your API key here}}
cd test
go test -v

To run particular test:

export ALGORITHMIA_API_KEY={{Your API key here}}
cd test
go test datadirlarge_test.go -v


Many thanks to Osman Bineev (algebraic-brain) for fully implementing the Algorithmia client spec in Go. This repo is an officially supported fork of his implementation.


Golang Client for Algorithmia Algorithms and Data API




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