If you suspect that gopls is crashing or not working correctly, please follow the troubleshooting steps below.

If gopls is using too much memory, please follow the steps under Memory usage.


VS Code users should follow their troubleshooting guide, which has more a more specific version of these instructions.

  1. Verify that your project is in good shape by working with it outside of your editor. Running a command like go build ./... in the workspace directory will compile everything. For modules, go mod tidy is another good check, though it may modify your go.mod.
  2. Check that your editor isn‘t showing any diagnostics that indicate a problem with your workspace. They may appear as diagnostics on a Go file’s package declaration, diagnostics in a go.mod file, or as a status or progress message. Problems in the workspace configuration can cause many different symptoms. See the workspace setup instructions for help.
  3. Make sure gopls is up to date by following the installation instructions, then restarting gopls.
  4. Optionally, ask for help on Gophers Slack.
  5. Finally, report the issue to the gopls developers.

Restart gopls

gopls has no persistent state, so restarting it will fix transient problems. This is good and bad: good, because you can keep working, and bad, because you won't be able to debug the issue until it recurs.

In most cases, closing all your open editors will guarantee that gopls is killed and restarted. If you don't want to do that, there may be an editor command you can use to restart only gopls. Note that some vim configurations keep the server alive for a while after the editor exits; you may need to explicitly kill gopls if you use vim.

Ask for help

Gophers Slack has active editor-specific channels like #emacs, #vim, and #vscode that can help debug further. If you're confident the problem is with gopls, you can go straight to #gopls. Invites are available to everyone. Come prepared with a short description of the issue, and try to be available to answer questions for a while afterward.

File an issue

We can't diagnose a problem from just a description. When filing an issue, please include as much as possible of the following information:

  1. Your editor and any settings you have configured (for example, your VSCode settings.json file).
  2. A sample program that reproduces the issue, if possible.
  3. The output of gopls version on the command line.
  4. A complete gopls log file from a session where the issue occurred. It should have a go env for <workspace folder> log line near the beginning. It's also helpful to tell us the timestamp the problem occurred, so we can find it the log. See the instructions for information on how to capture gopls logs.

Your editor may have a command that fills out some of the necessary information, such as :GoReportGitHubIssue in vim-go. Otherwise, you can use gopls bug on the command line. If neither of those work you can start from scratch directly on the Go issue tracker.

Capture logs

You may have to change your editor's configuration to pass a -logfile flag to gopls.

To increase the level of detail in your logs, start gopls with the -rpc.trace flag. To start a debug server that will allow you to see profiles and memory usage, start gopls with serve --debug=localhost:6060. You will then be able to view debug information by navigating to localhost:6060.

If you are unsure of how to pass a flag to gopls through your editor, please see the documentation for your editor.

Debug memory usage

gopls automatically writes out memory debug information when your usage exceeds 1GB. This information can be found in your temporary directory with names like On Windows, your temporary directory will be located at %TMP%, and on Unixes, it will be $TMPDIR, which is usually /tmp. Please file an issue with this memory debug information attached. If you are uncomfortable sharing the package names of your code, you can share the -nonames zip instead, but it's much less useful.