How to update the Go version

Khong Lee
Mar 11, 2020


The following steps have been tested on Ubuntu. Technically, it shall work similarly in other system (Note: Some systems might require changes in directory path or to use similar command)

Step 1: Removal of existing go package

Remove the golang-go package

sudo apt-get remove golang-go

Remove the golang-go dependencies

sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove golang-go

Uninstall the existing Go package

sudo rm -rvf /usr/local/go

Step 2: Install the new Go version

Download specific binary release for your system


Note: Replace the go release in bold above to the version for your system. List of version can be found here.

Extract the archive file

sudo tar -xvf go1.14.linux-amd64.tar.gz

Note: Replace the go release in bold above to the downloaded one.

Place the extracted file to desired location on the system

sudo mv go /usr/local

Tips: Above location is recommended on Linux.

Step 3: Setup Go Environment (Linux)

Setup Go environment variable

Open .profile file located at home directory (~/.profile) and add the following lines:

export GOROOT=/usr/local/go
export GOPATH=$HOME/go
export PATH=$GOPATH/bin:$GOROOT/bin:$PATH

GOROOT is the location where the Go package is installed on your system.
GOPATH is the work directory of your go project.

Next, reload environment variables for the change to take effect. (Thanks Luis V. for suggestion in the comment)

This can be done by either running the following command in terminal or doing a re-login of current shell.

source ~/.profile

Step 4: Verify Go Version and Environment

Verify the go version

go version

Verify the configured environment variables

go env