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dep is a dependency management tool for Go. It requires Go 1.9 or newer to compile.

dep was initially developed to experiment with a new dependency management system for Go; but, as of Go 1.11, the Go project has officially adopted a different approach, based on the concept of Modules, which is described in a series of posts published on

For guides and reference materials about dep, see the documentation.


You should use an officially released version. Release binaries are available on the releases page.

On MacOS you can install or upgrade to the latest released version with Homebrew:

$ brew install dep
$ brew upgrade dep

On Debian platforms you can install or upgrade to the latest version with apt-get:

$ sudo apt-get install go-dep

On Windows, you can download a tarball from

On other platforms you can use the script:

$ curl | sh

It will install into your $GOPATH/bin directory by default or any other directory you specify using the INSTALL_DIRECTORY environment variable.

If your platform is not supported, you'll need to build it manually or let the team know and we'll consider adding your platform to the release builds.

If you're interested in getting the source code, or hacking on dep, you can install via go get:

go get -u


Feedback is greatly appreciated. At this stage, the maintainers are most interested in feedback centered on the user experience (UX) of the tool. Do you have workflows that the tool supports well, or doesn't support at all? Do any of the commands have surprising effects, output, or results? Let us know by filing an issue, describing what you did or wanted to do, what you expected to happen, and what actually happened.


Contributions are greatly appreciated. The maintainers actively manage the issues list, and try to highlight issues suitable for newcomers. The project follows the typical GitHub pull request model. See for more details. Before starting any work, please either comment on an existing issue, or file a new one.

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