Installing the Latest Version of Golang on Your Raspberry Pi

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Golang, or Go, is a modern and efficient programming language used for a variety of applications, including web development, system programming, and network programming. With its simple syntax and high-performance runtime, it’s no wonder that it has become a popular choice for developers.

If you have a Raspberry Pi and want to start developing in Go, you’ll need to install the latest version of the Golang runtime. In this article, we’ll guide you through the installation process, step by step.


The first step is to update your Raspberry Pi’s package index and install the dependencies required for the Golang runtime:

Terminal window
sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y wget git build-essential

Next, download the latest version of Golang:

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Replace [version] with the latest version number of Golang. You can find that on their downloads ↗️ page. So if you wanted to install v1.22.1 the command will look like this:

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Also note that the file name will be different based on the architecture of your Raspberry Pi. If you are using a 32-bit OS, you need to download the linux-armv6l.tar.gz file instead of linux-arm64.tar.gz.

Since modern Raspberry Pi models support 64-bit OS, you can check the architecture of your Raspberry Pi by running the following command:

Terminal window
uname -m

If the output is aarch64, then you are using a 64-bit OS. In that case, you should download the linux-arm64.tar.gz file otherwise download the linux-armv6l.tar.gz file. I am going to assume you are using a 64-bit OS for the rest of the article.

Moving on, Once it is downloaded we can extract the archive using the following command:

Terminal window
tar -xvf go1.22.1.linux-arm64.tar.gz

Move the extracted folder to ~/.local/share:

Terminal window
mkdir -p ~/.local/share && mv go ~/.local/share

Set up the environment variables for Golang:

This depends based on the shell you are using, you can verify it using basename $SHELL command, it will output zsh, bash or fish.

Based on your shell, you need to update the correct config file for it. Let’s see the example of updating for zsh

Terminal window
echo 'export GOPATH=$HOME/.local/share/go' >> ~/.zshrc
echo 'export PATH=$HOME/.local/share/go/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.zshrc
source ~/.zshrc

For bash, the default config file would be .bashrc and for fish it would be .config/fish/

One Script for Everything

To summarise, we can put all of this into a single shell script to download and setup golang on armhf architecture.

VERSION=1.22.1 # pick the latest version from
ARCH=arm64 # arm64 for 64-bit OS, armv6l for 32-bit OS
## Download the latest version of Golang
echo "Downloading Go $VERSION"
echo "Downloading Go $VERSION completed"
## Extract the archive
echo "Extracting..."
tar -C ~/.local/share -xzf go$VERSION.linux-$ARCH.tar.gz
echo "Extraction complete"
## Detect the user's shell and add the appropriate path variables
SHELL_TYPE=$(basename "$SHELL")
if [ "$SHELL_TYPE" = "zsh" ]; then
echo "Found ZSH shell"
elif [ "$SHELL_TYPE" = "bash" ]; then
echo "Found Bash shell"
elif [ "$SHELL_TYPE" = "fish" ]; then
echo "Found Fish shell"
echo "Unsupported shell: $SHELL_TYPE"
exit 1
echo 'export GOPATH=$HOME/.local/share/go' >> "$SHELL_RC"
echo 'export PATH=$HOME/.local/share/go/bin:$PATH' >> "$SHELL_RC"
## Verify the installation
if [ -x "$(command -v go)" ]; then
INSTALLED_VERSION=$(go version | awk '{print $3}')
if [ "$INSTALLED_VERSION" == "go$VERSION" ]; then
echo "Go $VERSION is installed successfully."
echo "Installed Go version ($INSTALLED_VERSION) doesn't match the expected version (go$VERSION)."
echo "Go is not found in the PATH. Make sure to add Go's bin directory to your PATH."
## Clean up
rm go$VERSION.linux-$ARCH.tar.gz

Before running the script, make sure you make it executable.

You can do it like this chmod +x Replace with whatever name you gave to the file.

That’s it, now run the file with ./ and it will install and setup golang on your system.


By following these simple steps, you should now have the latest version of Golang installed on your Raspberry Pi. Whether you’re a seasoned Go developer or just starting out, the Raspberry Pi is a great platform for developing in Golang.

With its low cost, small form factor, and powerful hardware, it provides a great way to learn and experiment with the Go programming language.

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