Golang Build Usage

The primary functionality of the Golang Build package is the Go build system. It includes a number of what Sublime Text refers to as “variants.” It also includes a couple of regular Sublime Text commands for common, related tasks.

Build System

To use the Go build system, open the Tools > Build System menu and select Go.

The variants included with the build system include:

  • Build, which executes go build
  • Test, which executes go test
  • Install, which executes go install
  • Cross-Compile (Interactive), which executes go build with GOOS and GOARCH set
  • Clean, which executes go clean

Once the Go build system is selected, the command palette can be used to run any of the variants.

On Sublime Text 3, the command palette entries will be:

  • Build with: Go
  • Build with: Go - Test
  • Build with: Go - Install
  • Build with: Go - Cross-Compile (Interactive)
  • Build with: Go - Clean

On Sublime Text 2, the command palette entries will be:

  • Build: Build
  • Build: Test
  • Build: Install
  • Build: Cross-Compile (Interactive)
  • Build: Clean

Cancelling a Build

If a build is running and needs to be stopped, the command palette will contain an extra entry Go: Cancel Build.

Reopening Build Results

If the output panel for a build is closed, it can be re-opened by using the command palette to run Go: Reopen Build Output. Once a new build is started, the old build output is erased.

Other Commands

In addition to the build system variants, two other command palette commands are available:

  • Go: Get, which executes go get after prompting for a URL
  • Go: Open Terminal, which opens a terminal and sets relevant Go environment variables


To control the environment variables used with the build system, please read the configuration documentation.


For information on the available commands, their arguments and example key bindings and command palette entries, please read the commands documentation.