vim-go adds Go language support for Vim.

To update (replacing the current version) run webi vim-go.

Cheat Sheet

vim-go provides integration with various official and 3rd party go tooling for linting, vetting, etc.

You'll also need to install ALE (part of vim-essentials) or syntastic first.


These are the files / directories that are created and/or modified with this install:


note: this will also install the go modules that vim-go depends on

How to install by hand

git clone --depth=1 ~/.vim/pack/plugins/start/vim-go

How to configure your .vimrc

" don't check syntax immediately on open or on quit
let g:syntastic_check_on_open = 1
let g:syntastic_check_on_wq = 0

" we also want to get rid of accidental trailing whitespace on save
autocmd BufWritePre * :%s/\s\+$//e
" Golang-specific options "

" tell syntastic that go, golint, and errcheck are installed
let g:syntastic_go_checkers = ['go', 'golint', 'errcheck']

" tell vim-go that goimports is installed
let g:go_fmt_command = "goimports"

" tell vim-go to highlight
let g:go_highlight_functions = 1
let g:go_highlight_methods = 1
let g:go_highlight_structs = 1
let g:go_highlight_operators = 1
let g:go_highlight_build_constraints = 1

How to install go language tools

via vim with :GoInstallBinaries:

printf ':GoInstallBinaries\n:q\n' | vim -e

via sh:

# gopls
go install

# golint
go install

# errcheck
go install

# gotags
go install

# goimports
go install

# gorename
go install

# goreturns
go install

# gotype
go install


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