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Mrityunjaya Prajapati
Mrityunjaya Prajapati

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How to Install Golang on WSL/WSL2

One of the best feature that Windows 10 or 11 Pro support is WSL or WSL2, using this you can run any Linux OS like a windows application.

If you want to install GoLang on WSL/WSL2 and setup your development environment, please follow these steps

Check Latest Go Version

You can check latest Go Version for any OS like: Linux, macOS or Windows at https://go.dev/dl/

Install Go

At the time of writing this blog, the most recent LTS version of Go is 1.18.3.

wget https://dl.google.com/go/go1.18.3.linux-amd64.tar.gz
sudo tar -xvf go1.18.3.linux-amd64.tar.gz
sudo mv go /usr/local

Edit .bashrc file

You have to edit .bashrc file before making further changes, you can follow below steps to open .bashrc file

cd ~
explorer.exe .

Open .bashrc file and add following lines at the bottom and save the file.
export GOROOT=/usr/local/go
export GOPATH=$HOME/go
export PATH=$GOPATH/bin:$GOROOT/bin:$PATH

Refresh your terminal using **bash **command

Check Go Version

go version

Make sure it returns the same version that you installed.

Top comments (11)

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Jorgen Ordonez

Thanks this helped. I had some minor differences in steps I took, which I will list below:

  • I use zsh so I edited .zshrc instead
  • Then after I reload the rc file using source ~/.zshrc instead of spawning a new shell.
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Luiz Henrique F Salmonson

Thank you. Update for current version and zsh user commands:
wget https://dl.google.com/go/go1.21.3.linux-amd64.tar.gz
sudo tar -xvf go1.21.3.linux-amd64.tar.gz
sudo mv go /usr/local
echo "export GOROOT=/usr/local/go" >> ~/.zshrc
echo "export GOPATH=\$HOME/go" >> ~/.zshrc
echo "export PATH=\$GOPATH/bin:\$GOROOT/bin:\$PATH" >> ~/.zshrc
source ~/.zshrc

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D.aȠ

The same for me!

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LouieMartin

You can use nano .bashrc instead of File Explorer.

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Justin

Thanks for this, worked perfectly 👌

You can also use $ code ~/.bashrc instead of explorer.exe .

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Parmar Ujjaval

even simpler use neovim or vi or vim

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Andrew Ross

Perfect, thanks man

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FRicardi

Just used it - worked great. Thanks!

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Chia Yong Kang

workedp amazing

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D.aȠ

Thanks! Almost everything works fine!

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Maureen Ononiwu

Thank you so so so much!!