Fast and easy Go binaries delivery

I have some apps written in Go, which I deliver as binaries for each platform using GitHub releases. Until now, I was doing it with a very simple shell script.

But, I also wanted to dist these new releases in a homebrew tap. Adding that in the script would be kind of trivial, but I didn’t like the way I was using it all (arguments, hacks, etc).

I could, of course, change the formulas by hand, but I’m lazy and that seems just too much work for me.

So, time to my shell script to evolve!


I wanted a tool that:

  • provides reproducible builds
  • is fast
  • is easy to wrap with the CI
  • distributes itself

So, I created goreleaser!

goreleaser logo

GoReleaser can build and release go binaries in tar.gz for several platforms, and can create/update homebrew formulaes. All that by having a simple goreleaser.yml in the repository root:

repo: goreleaser/releaser
binary_name: release
  repo: goreleaser/homebrew-formulae
    - windows
    - darwin
    - linux

Then, I basically wire this in the .travis.yml:

  test -n "$TRAVIS_TAG" && curl -s | bash

Which generates release like this on GitHub:

Release screenshot

It is so easy that I’m already using it in all my suitable Go projects:

  • GoReleaser itself!
  • Antibody - A faster and simpler antigen written in Golang
  • CloneOrg - Clone all repos of a github organization
  • ForkCleaner - Cleans up old and inactive forks on your github account
  • GithubVacations - Automagically ignore all notifications related to work when you are on vacations
  • KarmaHub - Compares the amount of issues and pull requests you created with the amount of comments and code reviews you did
  • OrgStats - Get the contributor stats summary from all repos of any given organization
  • TorrentWatcher - Automagically download torrent files to ~/Downloads


The roadmap is pretty much what you find in the issues, but, IMO, the highlights are:

  • bintray support
  • create linux packages (with fpm or something)
  • post/pre build hooks

I believe those features will enable GoReleaser to be even more useful!

Community Feedback

I was very glad to see the results of GoReleaser!

Thank you all!

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