Installing Go on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint with godeb

Since I’ve recently started dabbling with Go again, of course I had to install it on my machines that mostly run Linux Mint. One of the usual ways for me to install software through the PPAs was apparently not maintained since a couple of releases ago, but on a ubuntu forum thread I found godeb, which is a small binary command line tool that lets you install your desired version of Go!

Since godeb will create a .deb package, it will work with most, if not all, Debian distros and derivatives like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, SteamOS, Kali Linux and *buntu (as in Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu).

After you’ve downloaded the package a simple

./godeb install 1.6

is enough to install that version of Go.

You can also list all available versions and decide which one you want / need:

% ./godeb list
1.6
1.6
1.5.3
1.5.2
1.5.1
1.5
1.4.3
1.4.2
1.4.1
1.4
1.3.3
1.3.2
1.3.1
1.3
1.2.2

Give that guy a star on github if this tool made your life easier too 😉

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