Tools for the Go language

Tools for the Go language:

GoLang tools play an essential role when it comes to design a web application. It helps a lot in the coding section of the project.

Tools for the Go language

Apicompat tool:

Apicompat is an important tool of the go language. This tool helps the developer in detecting the incompatible changes and backward in the go program. It also checks the exported declarations in the program. It avoids false positives. If any false positive is detected, then it will be reported as an error. Apicompat uses the golden masters for the testing of the source codes. Earlier it was named abicheck, which later on changed to Apicompat.

Since it is the Golang tool, so there are also some cons available in this tool. It cannot handle each backward. Sometimes it fails in detecting the changes in incompatible backward.

Currently, Apicompat is under heavy development process. In the initial version, only proof of concepts and shortcuts were considered. Now the current development is focused on the other functions of go language like adding doc files, flow charts, improve the output, and many more.

Checkstyle tool:

This one is yet another important tool of the go language. The go language checkstyle tool is inspired by the java checkstyle and the go language's golint tool. In the go language, this tool prints out the coding style suggestions. It also allows the go developer to check the file line-function and file line-param number.

There are some alternatives to the checkstyle tool also. These alternatives tools are:

  1. To import
  2. Login
  3. Go metaliner

Depth tool:

It is also an important tool for the go language. This tool is meant to facilitate the web developers in retrieving and visualizing the source code dependency trees in the go language.  The depth tool can be used in your project as a particular package. You can also use this tool as a stand-alone command-line application. It allows you to add customization very easily to your program.

Go Swagger tool:

Go swagger is designed from the impression of swagger 2.0, and the go swagger can serialize and DE-serialize the functions of swagger 2.0. Go swagger tool provides the complete suite of GoLang feature to the developer. The tool brings the API components to work with swagger API, i.e., server, client, and date model.


  1. It provides the code generation for the go program.
  2. It also provides API generation based on swagger specifications.
  3. It extends the string format.
  4. It provides great customization of features in the go program.

Go meta liner tool:

This one is another important tool of the go language. You can use the go meta liner tool as a substitute for the go lint tool. If you are required to use the go-lint tool and normalize the output, you can simply do it with the help of the go meta liner tool.

You can use the go meta liner tool with a text editor or integrate with an IDE like you can use Sublime text with Sublime linter plug-in, Atom with a go-plus package, Vim/Neovim, and go for Visual Studio Code. It supports a large number of linters and their configuration files, the same as JSON.

Grapes tool:

The Grapes is a very light weighted tool of the go language. This tool is mainly designed for distributing the commands over SSH (secure shell, use to establish secured and encrypted communication between two hosts) without any difficulty. The Grapes tool of the go language is developed by Yaron Sumel and is currently maintained by him. 

The Grapes tool is not gaining the developers' attention at the current time, and it is under the maintenance process for enhancing its functions and features.

Go Simple tool:

As its name suggests, it is a very simple but important tool of the go language. The main feature of the go simple tool is that it simplifies the go source code on the priority level. In all its functionality, it mainly focuses on simplifying the source code of your go program.

 The go simple tool always supports the latest version of the go language. If the new version of the go language releases and your current version is outdated, then the go simple tool will suggest to you the easiest and the simplest way to ignore the complicated constructions in your go program. 

Currently, the go simple tool works efficiently with the go version 1.15.

Go-Revive tool:

Go-revive is one of the most important tools of the go language. The developer uses this tool to enhance his workflow in the development of a project. The revive has the facility to configure itself. It is a fast and extensible tool of the go language.

The go-revive tool brings some unique, useful and developer-supported features to the table, making it more popular among the developers. Even the glint is very famous in the Go developers' society, but the go-revive tool provides approx. Six times faster speed than golint in running a go program. It also provides more features in comparison to golint.

Gaia tool:

Gaia is another powerful tool, which is used to create large and heavy pipelines. It can design the pipelines in any language, but it is specially used in the go language. It creates the pipelines with the help of DevOps. Gaia enables DevOps and allows the developer to develop powerful pipelines.

The Gaia tool has one more important feature; it has a cloning facility. It can clone the code repository, compile the code, and execute it whenever the developer requires it.

Although it has amazing features, there are some drawbacks, and still, it is not recommended for the complex and critical jobs in the alpha version.

Gotest tool:

The gotest is a tool that is used to generate the go tests in the program. It generates the go tests from the source code of your go program. It makes it easier for the developer to write the go tests. 

The gotest is the go language's command-line tool, which is used in generating the table-driven tests based on functions and method signatures available on its target source file. 


There are a lot of tools available for the go language. It is not possible to discuss all the important tools on a single desk. The importance of the tool can be different for individual developers. The importance of the tool mainly depends on the developer’s requirements.