What is the best IDE for developing in Golang?

Lighter than GoLand (and more features too), great integration with tooling, and just way better than every other option.

— Patrick G in Visual Studio Marketplace ReviewsIt’s a great text editor, but the Visual Studio branding is very misleading, and also makes searching on Google a bit of a pain, because you’ll turn up a load of hits for entirely unrelated products.

— Garry Taylor on QuoraI switched to VS Code a while back, installed the IntelliJ key map and theme plugins to ease the transition.

Within days I cancelled my IntelliJ subscription.

Haven’t looked back since!— /u/pagepagepagepage on RedditFree — no paid license neededOpen-sourceFree Go-specific plugin with IntelliSense, code navigation, code editing, Git integration, etc.

GoLandImage courtesy JetBrains.

Their stuff is incredible.

Coming from IntelliJ to GoLand was totally painless; everything worked as expected and I was able to focus on the problem rather than the IDE.

— /u/jeremymbrooks on RedditIf you’re used to Vim or Emacs of course the learning curve might be quite steep.

Vim users may find it helpful to install and use ideaVim plugin.

— Andrey Cheptsov on MediumI have been using VSCode, and started playing with GoLand, after I was able to fix the debugger, using JetBrains support, I am sold, I will be purchasing it, because $89 is very reasonable for such a great IDE.

I do highly recommend VSCode to anyone starting GO, but if you would like a very slick and professional IDE, I really don’t think you can go past GoLand.

— /u/janderssen on RedditCommercial IDE and thus not free; $199 for the first year, $159 for the second, $119 onwardsFree for select open-source contributors as well as studentsDesigned for Go specifically — code completion, intention actions, quick-fixes, re-factorings, navigation availableIDE has to index your project files with configured GOPATH and vendor directory (one time operation) which may take “up to several minutes” according to JetBrains employee (as of April 2019) Andrey CheptsovIntelliJ IDEA with Go pluginImage courtesy JetBrains.

I do like GoLand, but not sure it’s practically worth money if you’ve already got IntelliJ IDEA.

The Go plugin is for all intents and purposes exactly the same.

— /u/Keplerspace on RedditIf you have IDEA Ultimate 2017.

3+, then you get the same features, that’s true.

However if you don’t need everything IntelliJ has to offer, or you want a streamlined (and faster) IDE for Go only, then GoLand’s the way to do it.

— /u/dlsniper on RedditFree if you already have IntelliJ IDEAHas most features GoLand offersKeeps you in the Jetbrains infrastructureVim with vim-goImage courtesy Victor Farazdagi.

There are plugins for Sublime, IntelliJ IDEA, Komodo etc so why do we need to do this for Vim?Honestly, those plugins suck big time — they are hard to install, they are limited, they are not developed at fast enough pace.

Don’t get me wrong, I will gladly switch to full-fledged Go IDE once it is ready, but before that, I am more productive on my default environment of choice i.



— Victor Farazdagi on his blogAnd this saves money for buying a mouse, win-win— /u/tdewolff on Reddit; clearly a joke, but thought it’d be funnyIf you straight up new, I would not recommend vim.

It has a learning curve of itself.

— /u/uw_NB on Reddit[A]mazingly responsive, provides most of the functionality of VSCode, but everything is a bit more manual and you have to be used to the “Vim way”.

The debugger is great but pretty clunky if you are coming from the world of Visual Studio or any other “point and click” debugger.

I’d recommend this the least for someone who isn’t used to Vim, even though the vim-go plugin is an amazing achievement.

— /u/HarwellDekatron on RedditFormatting on saveHas Go documentation within Vim in a split pane with :GoDoc.

Has building and testingFreeLiteIDEImage courtesy LeaseWeb.

LiteIDE is a simple, open source Go IDE.

It’s notable for being the first IDE to directly target Go back in 2012.

It is a C++ Qt, meaning it looks and feels similar to other compilers like Visual Studio and GCC C++.

Since it was directly designed for Golang, LiteIDE has a number of useful features for developers directly out of the box, including configurable build commands, an advanced code editor, and extensive Golang support.

Other features include code management, a gdb and Delve debugger, auto-completion and theming with WordApi, MIME type based system, and more.

— Jane Elizabeth on JAX EnterOpen-source (so, free)Configurable build commandsAuto-completion systemCross-platform, as are the restAtom with go-plus packageSince Atom is not truly an IDE but a highly modular text editor, you will have to take the time to find and install plugins you need to make it work like a true IDE.

Even the base Atom editor comes with a lot of plugins installed already.

The most essential features are official plugins from the Atom team so you don’t have to hunt them down.

— Endi Sukaj on SlantI got so fed up with Atom that I switched to VS Code for Go development.

Neither is perfect, but Atom is so slow it’s painful, and it crashes regularly.

VS Code also has much better Go debugger integration.

I would recommend turning off Go reference counts in CodeLens; there’s an open defect right now because it eats the CPU alive if it’s on.

— /u/carsncode on RedditFreeSupport for tools, build flows, linters, auto-complete, formatting, testing, documenation, debugging, etc.

There are a few more, but these frequently are talked about.

Which one is your favorite?.

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