gopls, the Go language server
gopls (pronounced “Go please”) is the official Go language server developed by the Go team. It provides IDE features to any LSP-compatible editor.
You should not need to interact with
gopls directly--it will be automatically integrated into your editor. The specific features and settings vary slightly by editor, so we recommend that you proceed to the documentation for your editor below.
To get started with
gopls, install an LSP plugin in your editor of choice.
If you use
gopls with an editor that is not on this list, please send us a CL updating this documentation.
For the most part, you should not need to install or update
gopls. Your editor should handle that step for you.
If you do want to get the latest stable version of
gopls, run the following command:
go install golang.org/x/tools/gopls@latest
Learn more in the advanced installation instructions.
Learn more about gopls releases in the release policy.
gopls supports both Go module, multi-module and GOPATH modes. See the workspace documentation for information on supported workspace layouts.
You can configure
gopls to change your editor experience or view additional debugging information. Configuration options will be made available by your editor, so see your editor's instructions for specific details. A full list of
gopls settings can be found in the settings documentation.
gopls inherits your editor's environment, so be aware of any environment variables you configure. Some editors, such as VS Code, allow users to selectively override the values of some environment variables.
Gopls is maintained by engineers on the Go tools team, who actively monitor the Go and VS Code Go issue trackers.
gopls follows the Go Release Policy, meaning that it officially supports the last 2 major Go releases. Per issue #39146, we attempt to maintain best-effort support for the last 4 major Go releases, but this support extends only to not breaking the build and avoiding easily fixable regressions.
In the context of this discussion, gopls “supports” a Go version if it supports being built with that Go version as well as integrating with the
go command of that Go version.
The following table shows the final gopls version that supports a given Go version. Go releases more recent than any in the table can be used with any version of gopls.
|Go Version||Final gopls version with support (without warnings)|
Our extended support is enforced via continuous integration with older Go versions. This legacy Go CI may not block releases: test failures may be skipped rather than fixed. Furthermore, if a regression in an older Go version causes irreconcilable CI failures, we may drop support for that Go version in CI if it is 3 or 4 Go versions old.
gopls currently only supports the
go command, so if you are using a different build system,
gopls will not work well. Bazel is not officially supported, but may be made to work with an appropriately configured
go/packages driver. See bazelbuild/rules_go#512 for more information. You can follow these instructions to configure your
gopls to work with Bazel.
If you are having issues with
gopls, please follow the steps described in the troubleshooting guide.