Minimalist dependency manager for Go written in Go.
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The preferred style in homebrew/core dictates that :revision should be
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Go Dependency Manager (gdm) Circle CI

gdm aims to do as little as possible. It does not copy dependencies in-repo and does not require that people use gdm to build your project. In this way, people can still simply go get your project and build.

This tool assumes you are working in a standard Go workspace, as described in


go get

How to use gdm with a new project

Assuming your Go workspace is setup, so you can build your project with go install or go install ./..., it's one command to start using:

gdm save

This will create a new file in your repo directory called Godeps, which specifies project dependencies and their revisions. This file is identical to the file used by gpm.

Godeps is a simple text file of repo roots and revisions: 9fc824c70f713ea0f058a07b49a4c563ef2a3b98 9fc824c70f713ea0f058a07b49a4c563ef2a3b98 056c9bc7be7190eaa7715723883caffa5f8fa3e4

The file supports comments using the # character.


The gdm restore command is the opposite of gdm save. It will checkout the package versions specified in Godeps to your $GOPATH. This modifies the state of packages in your $GOPATH.

Add a Dependency

To add a new package, do this:

  1. Run gdm restore
  2. Run go get
  3. Run gdm save

Update a Dependency

To update a package from your $GOPATH, do this:

  1. Run gdm restore
  2. Run go get -u
  3. Run gdm save

Before committing the change, you'll probably want to inspect the changes to Godeps, for example with git diff, and make sure it looks reasonable.

Update all dependencies

To update all dependencies from your $GOPATH, do this:

  1. Run go get -u ./...
  2. Run gdm save

Building a gdm project

Building a project managed by gdm looks like this:

  1. Run go get
  2. Run cd $GOPATH/src/
  3. Run gdm restore
  4. Build: go install or go install ./...


To help make a homebrew formula for your Go project, gdm supports a gdm brew command, which will print out your dependencies to stdout in the homebrew go_resource format, like this:

$ gdm brew
======= Go Dependency Manager =======
= working dir: /Users/csparr/ws/go/src/
= GOPATH:      /Users/csparr/ws/go

  go_resource "" do
    url "",
    :revision => "9fc824c70f713ea0f058a07b49a4c563ef2a3b98"

  go_resource "" do
    url "",
    :revision => "9fc824c70f713ea0f058a07b49a4c563ef2a3b98"

  go_resource "" do
    url "",
    :revision => "056c9bc7be7190eaa7715723883caffa5f8fa3e4"



If you're familiar with Go dependency management, you can probably see the similarities with gpm and godep. This tool could not have existed without their influence!