Using Go Libraries

You can use any linux/amd64-compatible package with instances running in the App Engine flexible environment. These instructions assume you are using the go get command to get the packages directly from supported repositories, such as GitHub, Bitbucket, LaunchPad, etc.

Declaring and managing dependencies

Go applications are organized into packages that mirror the directory structure of your source files. When you use an import statement, the relative paths in the import are interpreted in two ways:

  • Relative to the directory that contains the module's app.yaml file.
  • Relative to the src subdirectory of all the directories in GOPATH (this is called a "fully-qualifed" import path).

For example, if GOPATH is defined this way:

export GOPATH=/home/fred/go

And the file src1-1.go in the project directory example above contains this statement:

import "foo/bar"

The SDK will look for the package "foo/bar" in these locations when you run or deploy module1:


If you include your package sources in GOPATH, you must be careful not to place the source code at or below any directories in your App Engine project that contain app.yaml files. If that happens, a package could be loaded twice, once for the path relative to a module's directory, and once for the fully-qualified path. This can cause subtle problems, so the Go SDK scans your project and your GOPATH, detects this case, and reports it as an error.

For best results, we recommend the following:

  • Create a separate directory in your project for each module.
  • Each module directory should contain the module'sapp.yaml file and one or more .go files.
  • Do not include any subdirectories in a module's directory.
  • Your .go files should import packages using fully-qualified paths; place all package code beneath src directories that are direct children of the project directory, or not under your project directory at all.

Downloading required packages

You can use the go get command to download packages. For example, to download packagename from the GitHub my_repo:

go get

Deploying to App Engine

In order to deploy your application to App Engine, you'll need to deploy libraries required by your app along with your application code. For complete details on what you need to do, see Deploying your application.

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App Engine flexible environment for Go