If you want to install Go on your Raspberry Pi you have a few options. In the past, there was a lot of cross-compiling and hacking to get it done, but now you can install it through Apt. However, you’re likely to find an older version.
For instance, at the time of this writing, an updated Raspberry Pi OS shows a version of 1.15.1 in the repositories. However, the current version is 1.18.1. So if the latest version is important to you, here’s your solution.
Step 0: Remove the Old Installed Golang Package
For those who have already installed the old version via the apt command, backup your projects and remove the old installation via the command below.
sudo apt remove --autoremove golang
Step 1: Get the Latest Package
To get the latest version, browse on over to the Go download page and look for the latest version.
Pick the version that is right for your Raspberry Pi. For example, Raspberry PI 4 can run 64-bit OS, so you want to get the
arm64 version here. For older Raspberries or 32-bit OS, you should pick the
Whichever archive you choose, use
wget to download it:
Step 2: Extract the Package and Install Golang
After downloading the tarball, it is time to install the new version of Golang. We will install it into the
First, run the following command, to make sure there are no files from an older attempt/installation left.
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/go
Now, install Golang by extracting the downloaded tarball. To do so, run:
sudo tar -C /usr/local -xvf go1.18.1.linux-arm64.tar.gz
When successful you should see the following:
Step 3: Set the PATH Environment
This is only needed when you’re doing this the first time, but it can’t hurt to check anyway.
And add the following at the end of the file:
# For Golang PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin GOPATH=$HOME/go
Notice here you can set your go path to whatever you like. I prefer
/go but you can put this wherever you want.
Update your shell with your changes:
And check your version with:
(Optional) Remove Golang
As mentioned in Step 2, you may remove Golang simply by running this command:
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/go/