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Minimum Requirements

Operating Systems


Kernel version 2.6.23 or later. [This depends on architecture though, we need to have specific builder for this.] Linux/ARMv5 requires much newer kernels, at least v3.1 (for __kuser_cmpxchg64).

We don't support CentOS 5. Kernel is too old (2.6.18).

For little-endian MIPS64, kernel version 4.1 is known to fail, and 4.8 works.


Windows XP (w/ Service Pack 2) or higher. But we don't currently (2016-09-23) have a Windows XP running. That is

We run builders testing Go on Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition. That is basically Windows 7 or above.

macOS (née OS X, aka Darwin)

macOS Sierra (10.12) requires Go 1.7.1. We have not yet (as of 2016-09-23) backported the time system call fixes to any earlier Go versions. See

Go only supports OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer. We only have builders for 10.8, 10.10, and 10.11 as of 2016-09-23.

Go tip doesn't compile on OS X 10.7 (Lion) but binaries MAY work there. Maybe. No builders, no promises. We don't recommend it.

OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is explicitly unsupported. See


The current officially supported -stable versions only. See for details.


Generally only the latest release version only. We have a builder, but it's not the most stable of our ports.


FreeBSD 8 and up according to, but I suspect we might need something newer than 8. We only run builders testing FreeBSD 9.3 and 10.1.

Native Client

pepper_39 or newer.


illumos (former OpenSolaris 10) based distributions or Oracle Solaris 11+.




Set GO386=387 or GO386=sse2 for older processors.



  • GOARM=5: use software floating point; when CPU doesn't have VFP co-processor
  • GOARM=6: use VFPv1 only; default if cross compiling; usually ARM11 or better cores (VFPv2 or better is also supported)
  • GOARM=7: use VFPv3; usually Cortex-A cores


All ARMv8-A processors.

ppc64 (big endian)

"Big-endian 64-bit PowerPC (linux/ppc64) only requires the POWER5 architecture." (from

ppc64le (little endian)

"The experimental port to Linux on little-endian 64-bit PowerPC (linux/ppc64le) now requires the POWER8 architecture or later." (from

mips64 (big endian)

MIPS III or higher. Builder is using MIPS64r2.

mips64le (little endian)

MIPS III or higher in little endian mode. Builders are using Loongson 2E/2F.



mips (big endian) and mipsle (little endian)

MIPS32r1, with FPU or kernel FPU emulation