ctags-compatible tag generator for Go
Latest commit be986a3 Aug 3, 2015 @jstemmer Do not continue when -help flag was provided
Fixes printing command usage text twice



gotags is a ctags-compatible tag generator for Go.

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Go version 1.1 or higher is required. Install or update gotags using the go get command:

go get -u github.com/jstemmer/gotags

Or using package manager brew on OS X

brew install gotags


gotags [options] file(s)

-L="": source file names are read from the specified file. If file is "-", input is read from standard in.
-R=false: recurse into directories in the file list.
-f="": write output to specified file. If file is "-", output is written to standard out.
-silent=false: do not produce any output on error.
-sort=true: sort tags.
-tag-relative=false: file paths should be relative to the directory containing the tag file.
-v=false: print version.

Vim Tagbar configuration

Put the following configuration in your vimrc:

let g:tagbar_type_go = {
	\ 'ctagstype' : 'go',
	\ 'kinds'     : [
		\ 'p:package',
		\ 'i:imports:1',
		\ 'c:constants',
		\ 'v:variables',
		\ 't:types',
		\ 'n:interfaces',
		\ 'w:fields',
		\ 'e:embedded',
		\ 'm:methods',
		\ 'r:constructor',
		\ 'f:functions'
	\ ],
	\ 'sro' : '.',
	\ 'kind2scope' : {
		\ 't' : 'ctype',
		\ 'n' : 'ntype'
	\ },
	\ 'scope2kind' : {
		\ 'ctype' : 't',
		\ 'ntype' : 'n'
	\ },
	\ 'ctagsbin'  : 'gotags',
	\ 'ctagsargs' : '-sort -silent'
\ }

Vim+Tagbar Screenshot

vim Tagbar gotags

gotags with Emacs

Gotags doesn't have support for generating etags yet, but gotags-el allows you to use gotags directly in Emacs.