How to Install Go 1.12 on Ubuntu 18

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This guide is also available as a video from Youtube.

Begin by running the following command to add the golang backports ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:longsleep/golang-backports

If you get an error such as “add-apt-repository command not found” then you need to run the following command to install add-apt-repository:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

Then run the following two commands to update your packages from the ppa and install Go version 1.12:

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install golang-1.12

Now we need to add the go binary to our path. I like to put his in my `.profile` by typing:

nano ~/.profile

Then scrolling to the bottom and adding the following line


Then use the source command to reread your profile.

source ~/.profile

Now type:

go version

And you should see that Go 1.12 is installed.


3 thoughts on “How to Install Go 1.12 on Ubuntu 18

  • # after apt install, maybe better use alternatives:
    # 1. check if your go installation (if any) is using alternatives:
    sudo update-alternatives –all –skip-auto
    #dpkg -S /usr/bin/go # check if you have any go package, like the default golang-go
    #sudo update-alternatives –install
    sudo update-alternatives –install /usr/bin/go go /usr/lib/go-1.12/bin/go 0
    sudo update-alternatives –install /usr/bin/go go /usr/lib/go-1.14/bin/go 3
    sudo update-alternatives –list go

    sudo -H gedit /etc/environment
    # and add to the end of path :$GOROOT/bin:$GOPATH/bin to the end of PATH var

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