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The tool is depracted. Golang officially supports embedded resources.

For more information have a look at embed.


Parcello is a simple resource manager for Golang that allows embedding asset like SQL, bash scripts and images. That allows easy release management by deploying just a single binary rather than many files.


Note that we may introduce breaking changes until we reach v1.0.

  • Rename the tool in order not to clash with parcel-bundler
  • Support http.FileSystem
  • Bundle resource as ZIP archive in the end of built Golang binary
  • Support embedded COFF resources (postponed until we accomplish a spike that works on all platforms)



$ go get -u
$ go install

Homebrew (for Mac OS X)

$ brew tap phogolabs/tap
$ brew install parcello


You can use the parcello command line interface to bundle the desired resources recursively:

$ parcello -r -d <resource_dir_source> -b <bundle_dir_destination>

However, the best way to use the tool is via go generate. In order to embed all resource in particular directory, you should make it a package that has the following comment:

// Package database contains the database artefacts of GOM as embedded resource
package database

//go:generate parcello -r

Alternatively, if you don't wish to install the cli for any reason, you can use this go generate comment instead:

// Package database contains the database artefacts of GOM as embedded resource
package database

//go:generate go run -r

When you run:

$ go generate ./...

The tools will create a resource.go file that contains all embedded resource in that directory and its subdirectories as zip archive which is registered in parcello.ResourceManager.

You can read the content in the following way:

// Import the package that includes 'resource.go'
import _ "database"

file, err := parcello.Open("your_sub_directory_name/your_file_name")

The parcello package provides an abstraction of FileSystem interface:

// FileSystem provides primitives to work with the underlying file system
type FileSystem interface {
	// A FileSystem implements access to a collection of named files.
	// Walk walks the file tree rooted at root, calling walkFn for each file or
	// directory in the tree, including root.
	Walk(dir string, fn filepath.WalkFunc) error
	// OpenFile is the generalized open call; most users will use Open
	OpenFile(name string, flag int, perm os.FileMode) (File, error)

That is implemented by the following:

That allows easy replacement of the file system with the bundled resources and vice versa.

If you want to work in dev mode, you should set the following environment variables before you start your application:

$ # if the application resource directory is different than the current working directory
$ export PARCELLO_RESOURCE_DIR=./public

Note that downsides of this resource embedding approach are that your compile time may increase significantly.

If you have such a issue, you can bundle the resource at the end of your binary as zip archive. You can do this via parcello CLI:

$ go build your_binary
$ parcello -r -d <resource_dir_source> -b <path_to_your_binary> -t bundle

Command Line Interface

$ parcello -h

   parcello - Golang Resource Bundler and Embedder

   parcello [global options]


     help, h  Shows a list of commands or help for one command

   --bundle-path value, -b value    path to the bundle directory or binary (default: ".")
   --ignore value, -i value         ignore file name
   --include-docs                   include API documentation in generated source code
   --quiet, -q                      disable logging
   --recursive, -r                  embed or bundle the resources recursively
   --resource-dir value, -d value   path to directory (default: ".")
   --resource-type value, -t value  resource type. (supported: bundle, source-code) (default: "source-code")
   --help, -h                       show help
   --version, -v                    print the version


You can check working example.


We are open for any contributions. Just fork the project.

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