Upgrade your Golang version - The easy way

How to upgrade your Golang version without removing the old one

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Youssef Siam
·Aug 3, 2021·

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Upgrade your Golang version - The easy way

The first step, you must be sure that the Golang bin folder (which is the folder used to store your downloaded go third party packages) is in your PATH environment variable, if not you can simply add the following line to your .profile file or .bashrc file in the home folder.

export PATH=$PATH:<your GOPATH>/bin

if you don't know your GOPATH, you can find it by running

go env | grep GOPATH

Download the version installer using the go cli

go get ## or the version you want

Download the new version

go1.17rc2 download

Then you can access the new version executable using the go1.17rc2 command.

or if you want to access it using the go command and remove the old go version you can run the following command

sudo rm -rvf /usr/local/go/bin/go && sudo mv <your GOPATH>/bin/go1.17rc2 /usr/local/go/bin/go
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