Setting up your development environment

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Prepare your environment for Go app development and deployment on Google Cloud by installing the following tools.

Install Go

  1. To install Go, see Go Getting Started.

  2. Confirm that you have the most recent version of Go installed:

    go version

Install an editor

To maximize your Go development efficacy, these popular editor plugins and IDEs provide the following features:

  • Fully integrated debugging capabilities
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Code completion

Install the Google Cloud CLI

The Google Cloud CLI is a set of tools for Google Cloud. It contains the gcloud, gsutil, and bq command-line tools used to access Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, BigQuery, and other services from the command line. You can run these tools interactively or in your automated scripts.

For example, to deploy a Go web app with a main package to App Engine, run the following command:

gcloud app deploy

To install the gcloud CLI, see Installing the gcloud CLI.

Install the Cloud Client Libraries for Go

The Cloud Client Libraries for Go is the idiomatic way for Go developers to integrate with Google Cloud services, such as Datastore and Cloud Storage.

For example, to install the package for an individual API, such as the Cloud Storage API, do the following:

  1. If you already have a Go module for your project, change to that directory. Otherwise, create a module:

    go mod init YOUR_MODULE_NAME

    Replace YOUR_MODULE_NAME with the name of the new module.

  2. Use the Cloud Storage package in your project:

    go get

To learn how to authenticate with APIs, see Set up authentication.

Install other useful tools

For a comprehensive list of Go tools and libraries, see this list of Go frameworks, libraries, and software on GitHub.

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