Go tool for combining multiple different main packages into a single program or library
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amalgomate combines multiple different Go projects with main packages into a single Go program or library.

amalgomate is useful in situations where one may want to vendor and use the functionality of multiple Go main packages that don't provide libraries for accessing their functionality. Because amalgomate programmatically rewrites the packages and provides an invocation mechanism for them, it provides a maintainable solution for using functionality provided by such main packages without having to manually fork or rewrite the libraries.

amalgomate takes a configuration file that specifies the main packages that should be combined and an output directory as arguments. It then does the following:

  • Creates a directory named internal in the output directory
    • This directory acts as a de facto vendoring directory with rewritten imports
  • Copies the projects for the specified inputs into the amaglomated directory
    • By default, it is assumed that the main package is the project root
    • If this is not the case, the configuration can be used to specify the degrees of separation between the main package and the root of the project package
  • Rewrites all of the imports of the copied projects to point to the copied version in amalgomated
  • All files that have a package value of main are renamed to amalgomated
    • Only the package name in the Go file is changed (the name of the directory containing the file will not be changed)
    • The main function is renamed to AmalgomatedMain
  • Writes a new Go file {{package_name}}.go in the output directory
    • If the specified package name is main, the Go file that is written contains a main function that provides a way to invoke the amalgomated commands by name
    • If the specified package name is not main, a library Go file is written. The library file contains a Run method that allows the wrapped program to be invoked by name and a Commands method that returns the valid commands


Install the package:

go get github.com/palantir/amalgomate

Run the command:

amalgomate --config repackage.yml --output-dir outpkg --pkg main

The above command runs amalgomate on the files specified in repackage.yml and writes the output source files into a new directory called outpkg. outpkg will contain an amalgomated directory that contains all of the repacked projects and a main.go file that contains a main method for invoking the repacked libraries.


amalgomate uses a configuration file to determine the packages that should be used as input and the name of the command that should be used for that package. The configuration is a yml file that contains an entry for each program that should be repackaged:

    main: github.com/nmiyake/go-sample
    main: github.com/nmiyake/go-project/main
    distance-to-project-pkg: 1

Each package must have a unique name (this will be the value that the generated Go wrapper will use to reference the program). The package must specify a main package. The package will be resolved in the same way it would if it were in a Go source file contained in the output directory (including vendoring behavior). If the program being wrapped is in a subdirectory of a main project, then the distance-to-project-pkg parameter can be used to specify the distance between the main package and the project root package. When a program is being wrapped, the project package is copied into the vendor directory of the output directory, so this parameter can be used in cases where the main package is in a subdirectory of a project but more files need to be copied in order for the import to function correctly.