GO layer


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This layer adds extensive support for go.


  • gofmt/goimports on file save
  • Auto-completion using go-autocomplete (with the auto-completion layer)
  • Source analysis using go-guru
  • Linting with flycheck’s built-in checkers or flycheck-gometalinter
  • Coverage profile visualization



You will need gocode and godef:

go get -u -v
go get -u -v
go get -u -v
go get -u -v
go get -u -v

If you wish to use gometalinter set the value of go-use-gometalinter to t:

(go :variables go-use-gometalinter t)

and install the tool:

go get -u -v
gometalinter --install --update

For more information read gometalinter and flycheck-gometalinter

Make sure that gocode executable is in your PATH. For information about setting up $PATH, check out the corresponding section in the FAQ (SPC h SPC $PATH RET).

For best results, make sure that the auto-completion and syntax-checking layers are enabled as well.


To use this configuration layer, add it to your ~/.spacemacs. You will need to add go to the existing dotspacemacs-configuration-layers list in this file.


By default, go buffers are run through gofmt on save. To use a different formatter, set the value of gofmt-command, e.g.

(setq gofmt-command "goimports")


(go :variables gofmt-command "goimports")


By default, the tab width in Go mode is 8 spaces. To use a different value set the layer variable go-tab-width, e.g.

(go :variables go-tab-width 4)


If you’re using gocheck in your project you can use the go-use-gocheck-for-testing variable to enable suite testing and to get single function testing to work.

go-coverage-display-buffer-func controls how go-coverage should display the coverage buffer. See =display-buffer= for a list of possible functions. The default value is display-buffer-reuse-window.


Go Oracle has been deprecated as of October 1, 2016, it’s replacement is go-guru.

If you would like to use the goguru bindings in your work, you will need to install it, and in your project you will need to set the scope with SPC m f o. The scope is a comma separated set of packages, and go’s recursive operator is supported. In addition, you can prefix with - to exclude a package from searching.

In addition, GOPATH must be set prior to go-guru initialization.

Working with Go

Go commands (start with m):

Key BindingDescription
SPC m h hgodoc at point
SPC m i ggoto imports
SPC m i aadd import
SPC m i rremove unused import
SPC m e bgo-play buffer
SPC m e rgo-play region
SPC m e ddownload go-play snippet
SPC m x xrun “go run” for the current ‘main’ package
SPC m g ajump to matching test file or back from test to code file
SPC m g copen a clone of the current buffer with a coverage info (go tool cover -h for help)
SPC m g ggo jump to definition
SPC m r ngo rename
SPC m t prun “go test” for the current package
SPC m t Prun “go test” for the current package and all packages under it
SPC m t trun “go test” for the function you’re currently in (while you’re in a _.test.go file)
SPC m t srun “go test” for the suite you’re currently in (requires gocheck)

Go Guru

Key BindingDescription
SPC m f dgo-guru describe symbol at point
SPC m f fgo-guru show free variables
SPC m f igo-guru show implements relation
SPC m f cgo-guru show channel sends/receives
SPC m f rgo-guru show referrers
SPC m f jgo-guru jump to symbol definition
SPC m f pgo-guru show what the select expression points to
SPC m f sgo-guru show callstack
SPC m f ego-guru show possible contants/types for error value
SPC m f <go-guru show possible callers
SPC m f >go-guru show call targets
SPC m f ogo-guru set analysis scope