When developing Go applications, having the right tools and Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) can significantly improve your productivity and code quality. In this guide, we'll explore some of the most popular Go development tools and IDEs, and provide sample code to help you get started.

Go Command-Line Tools

Go offers a set of command-line tools that come bundled with the Go distribution. These tools are essential for managing your Go environment and building applications. Some common command-line tools include:

  • **go build**: Compiles a Go package.
  • **go run**: Compiles and runs a Go program in one step.
  • **go test**: Runs tests for a Go package.
  • **go get**: Fetches and installs Go packages from remote repositories.
  • **go mod**: Manages dependencies and the go.mod file.

Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

Visual Studio Code is a lightweight and powerful open-source code editor developed by Microsoft. It offers excellent support for Go development through extensions. Here's how to set up VS Code for Go development:

1. Install Visual Studio Code (
2. Install the "Go" extension from the Visual Studio Code marketplace.
3. Configure your Go environment in VS Code.
4. Create and open Go projects directly in VS Code.

VS Code provides features like code completion, debugging, Git integration, and more to enhance your Go development experience.


GoLand is a commercial Integrated Development Environment (IDE) developed by JetBrains. It is tailored specifically for Go development and offers a range of advanced features. Here's how to get started with GoLand:

1. Download and install GoLand (
2. Open GoLand and configure your Go SDK.
3. Create a new Go project or open an existing one.
4. Use GoLand's powerful coding and debugging features.

GoLand provides code analysis, refactoring tools, version control integration, and more to boost your Go productivity.

Other Go IDEs

While Visual Studio Code and GoLand are popular choices, there are other Go IDEs to consider, such as LiteIDE, Sublime Text with GoSublime, and Atom with Go-Plus. These IDEs offer varying levels of Go support and customization.

Sample Code in an IDE

Let's take a look at a simple example of a "Hello, World!" Go program in both Visual Studio Code and GoLand.

// Hello, World in Go
package main
import "fmt"
func main() {
fmt.Println("Hello, World!")

You can create, edit, and run this code in either Visual Studio Code or GoLand, making it easy to get started with Go development.

Further Resources

To continue exploring Go development tools and IDEs, consider these resources: