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Based on Uber Go Style Guide.

Styles are the conventions that govern our code. The term style is a bit of a misnomer, since these conventions cover far more than just source file formatting — gofmt handles that for us.

The goal of this guide is to manage this complexity by describing in detail the Dos and Don'ts of writing Go code at Uber. These rules exist to keep the code base manageable while still allowing engineers to use Go language features productively.

This guide was originally created by Prashant Varanasi and Simon Newton as a way to bring some colleagues up to speed with using Go. Over the years it has been amended based on feedback from others.

This documents idiomatic conventions in Go code that we follow at Uber. A lot of these are general guidelines for Go, while others extend upon external resources:

  1. Effective Go
  2. Go Common Mistakes
  3. Go Code Review Comments

All code should be error-free when run through golint and go vet. We recommend setting up your editor to:

  • Run goimports on save
  • Run golint and go vet to check for errors

You can find information in editor support for Go tools here: