Go, also known as Golang, is an open-source programming language developed by Google. It is a compiled language that is designed to be efficient, simple, and scalable. If you are using Ubuntu, installing Go is a straightforward process that can be completed in a few simple steps.
Before installing any software, it is always recommended to update and upgrade your system to ensure that you have the latest packages and security updates. To do this, open a terminal and run the following commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
The first step in installing Go is to download the latest version from the official website. At the time of writing this article, the latest version of Go is 1.20.1. To download the latest version of Go, open a terminal and run the following command:
This will install and set all the PATH variables too. Run the following command to apply the changes to your current terminal session.
Alternatively, you can log out and log back in to apply the changes system-wide.
To verify that Go is installed correctly, open a terminal and run the following command:
This should output the version of Go that you installed, which will be the latest version.
The installation process is simple and straightforward, and it should only take a few minutes to complete. Once installed, you can start using Go to develop efficient, simple, and scalable applications.