This document describes the features supported by this extension.

Table of Contents


Code completion

Completion results appear for symbols as you type. You can trigger this manually with the Ctrl+Space shortcut.

Autocompletion is also supported for packages you have not yet imported into your program.

Signature help

Information about the signature of a function pops up as you type in its parameters.

Quick info on hover

Documentation appears when you hover over a symbol.

Code Navigation

Go to definition

Jump to or peek a symbol's declaration.

Find references

Find or go to the references of a symbol.

This feature is not available if you are using Go modules without gopls, the Go language server.

Find interface implementations

Find the concrete types that implement a given interface.

This feature is not available if you are using Go modules without gopls, the Go language server.

Go to symbol

Search for symbols in your file or workspace by opening the Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P) and typing @ for symbols in the current file or # for symbols in the entire workspace.

Call hierarchy

Show all calls from or to a function.

Document outline

See all the symbols in the current file in the VS Code's Outline view.

Toggle between code and tests

Quickly toggle between a file and its corresponding test file by using the Go: Toggle Test File command.

Syntax Highlighting

The default syntax highlighting for Go files is implemented in Visual Studio Code using TextMate grammar, not by this extension.

If you are using gopls, you can enable Semantic Highlighting for more accurate syntax highlighting based on semantic tokenization using this setting:

"gopls": {
  "ui.semanticTokens": true,

  // you can optionally turn on these features for more colors
  // see https://go.dev/issue/45753 and https://go.dev/issue/45792 
  "ui.noSemanticString": true,  // delegates string syntax highlighting to vscode
  "ui.noSemanticNumber": true,  // delegates number syntax highlighting to vscode

Go template syntax highlighting

When gopls‘s semantic tokens feature is enabled, gopls also provides semantic tokens for Go template files (language identifier: gotmpl). By default, the extension associates all *.tmpl or *.gotmpl files in the workspace with gotmpl language. Users can override the language mode by using Visual Studio Code’s UI or the "files.associations" setting. See Visual Studio Code's doc for more details.

Inlay Hints

Inlay hints render additional inline information to source code to help you understand what the code does. They can be enabled/disabled with the editor.inlayHints.enabled setting in combination with go.inlayHints settings to enable inlay hints types.

Variable types in assign statements

	i/* int*/, j/* int*/ := 0, len(r)-1

Variable types in range statements

	for k/* int*/, v/* string*/ := range []string{} {
		fmt.Println(k, v)

Composite literal field names

	{/*in: */"Hello, world", /*want: */"dlrow ,olleH"}

Composite literal types

	for _, c := range []struct {
		in, want string
		/*struct{ in string; want string }*/{"Hello, world", "dlrow ,olleH"},

Constant values

	const (
		KindNone   Kind = iota/* = 0*/
		KindPrint/*  = 1*/
		KindPrintf/* = 2*/
		KindErrorf/* = 3*/

Function type parameters

	myFoo/*[int, string]*/(1, "hello")

Parameter names

	parseInt(/* str: */ "123", /* radix: */ 8)

Code Editing


Predefined snippets for quick coding. These snippets will appear as completion suggestions when you type. Users can also define their own custom snippets (see Snippets in Visual Studio Code).

Format and organize imports

Format code and organize imports, either manually or on save.

The extension formats Go code, organizes imports, and removes unused imports by default. For different behavior, please override per-language default settings following the instruction.

When organizing imports, the imported packages are grouped in the default goimports style. In order to group some packages after 3rd-party packages, use "gopls": { "formatting.local": <comma-separated imports prefix>}.

Add import

The extension organizes imports automatically and can add missing imports if the package is present in your module cache already. However, you can also manually add a new import to your file through the Go: Add Import command. Available packages are offered from module cache (or from your GOPATH in GOPATH mode).

Custom formatter

In addition to the default gofmt-style formatter, the Go language server supports gofumpt-style formatting. You can enable gofumpt formatting by setting "gopls.formatting.gofumpt". You can also configure to use other custom formatter by using the "go.formatTool" setting. The custom formatter must operate on file contents from STDIN, and output the formatted result to STDOUT.

Rename symbol

Rename all occurrences of a symbol in your workspace.

Note: For undo after rename to work on Windows, you need to have diff tool on your PATH.

This feature is not available if you are using Go modules without gopls, the Go language server.


Select the area for refactoring (e.g. variable, function body, etc). Click on the Code Action light bulb icon that appears in the selected area, or select “Refactoring...” or “Rename Symbol” from the VS Code Context menu. For known issues with this feature see golang/go#37170.

Code Generation

Add or remove struct tags

Use the Go: Add Tags to Struct Fields command to automatically generate or remove tags for your struct. This feature is provided by the gomodifytags tool.

Generate interface implementation

Use the Go: Generate Interface Stubs command to automatically generate method stubs for a given interface. This feature is provided by the impl tool.

Generate unit tests

Easily generate unit tests for your project by running one of the Go: Generate Unit Tests for ... commands. This can be done at a function, file, or package level. This feature is provided by the gotests tool.

Fill struct literals

Use the Code Action to automatically fill a struct literal with its default values. The Go language server provides this capability as a refactor.rewrite type code action.

Note: The old “Go: Fill struct” command was removed in v0.40.0 in favor of the Code Action.


The extension, powered by the Go language server (gopls), offers various diagnostics and analyses features, and often with quick fixes to address detected issues.

Build errors

Compile and type errors are shown as you type by default. This works not only Go source code, but also go.mod, go.work, and Go template files.

Vet and extra analyses

The Go language server (gopls) reports vet errors and runs many useful analyzers as you type. A full list of analyzers that gopls uses can be found in the analyses settings section.

Lint errors

You can configure an extra linter to run on file save. This behavior is configurable through the "go.lintOnSave" setting.

The default lint tool is staticcheck. Popular alternative linters such as golint, golangci-lint and revive can be used instead by configuring the "go.lintTool" setting. For a complete overview of linter options, see the documentation for diagnostic tools.

Analyze vulnerabilities in dependencies

The extension checks the 3rd party dependencies in your code and surfaces vulnerabilities known to the Go vulnerability database. There are two modes that complement each other.

  • Import-based analysis: this can be enabled using the "go.diagnostic.vulncheck": "Imports" setting. You can turn on and off this analysis conveniently with the “Go: Toggle Vulncheck” command. In this mode, gopls reports vulnerabilities that affect packages directly and indirectly used by your code. The diagnostics are reported in the go.mod file along with quick fixes to help upgrading vulnerable modules.

  • Govulncheck analysis: this is based on the golang.org/x/vuln/cmd/govulncheck tool, which is embedded in gopls. This provides a low-noise, reliable way to inspect known vulnerabilities. This only surfaces vulnerabilities that actually affect your code, based on which functions in your code are transitively calling vulnerable functions. This can be accessible by the gopls run_govulncheck code lens. The import-based analysis result also provides the "Run govulncheck to verify" option as a quick fix.

These features require gopls v0.11.0 or newer.

Please share your feedback at https://go.dev/s/vsc-vulncheck-feedback. Report a bug and feature request in our issue tracker.

Notes and Caveats

  • The import-based analysis uses the list of packages in the workspace modules, which may be different from what you see from go.mod files if go.work or module replace/exclude is used.
  • The govulncheck analysis result can become stale as you modify code or the Go vulnerability database is updated. In order to invalidate the analysis results manually, use the ["Reset go.mod diagnostics"] codelens shown on the top of the go.mod file. Otherwise, the result will be automatically invalidated after an hour.
  • These features currently don't report vulnerabilities in the standard libraries or tool chains. We are still investigating UX on where to surface the findings and how to help users handle the issues.
  • The extension does not scan private packages nor send any information on private modules. All the analysis is done by pulling a list of known vulnerable modules from the Go vulnerability database and then computing the intersection locally.

Run and test in the editor

Run your code

To run your code without debugging, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F5 or run the command Debug: Start without Debugging. To debug, see Debugging below.

This command requires you to have a launch configuration in a launch.json file. To open or create your launch.json, run the Debug: Open launch.json command. Use the default Go: Launch file configuration.

Behind the scenes, the Debug: Start without Debugging command calls go run. go run usually requires the path to the file to run, so your launch.json should contain "program": "${file}".

Test and benchmark

Test UI and Code lenses allow users to easily run tests, benchmarks, and profiles for a given function, file, package, or workspace.

Alternatively, the same functionality is available through a set of commands: Go: Test Function At Cursor, Go: Test File, Go: Test Package, and Go: Test All Packages in Workspace.

Code Coverage

Show code coverage in the editor, either after running a test or on-demand. This can be done via the commands: Go: Apply Cover Profile and Go: Toggle Test Coverage in Current Package.


“Go Test: Profile” menu in Test UI collects CPU/Memory/Mutex profiles and allows visualizing them using pprof (go tool pprof).


This extension offers debugging of Go programs. See the debugging documentation for more information.


Go Playground

Export your current file to the Go Playground via the Go: Run On Go Playground command. This is useful for quickly creating a piece of sample code.