Deploying Go apps

Clever Cloud allows you to deploy any Go application. This page will explain you how to set up your application to run it on our service.

You do not need to change a lot in your application, the requirements will help you configure your applications with some mandatory files to add, and properties to setup.

Create an application

Refer to the page Deploy an application on Clever Cloud.

Necessary information

Be sure that:

  • you push in master branch

  • your application listens to the wild network, not only localhost or

  • your application listens on port 8080


Apart from listening on port 8080, there is nothing to change on your application.

We automatically build and run your application, see Build the application. The executable is run with the application's root as its current path. So if your application has a "static" folder at its root, it will be accessible via "./static" in your application.

We currently support single module applications only. That means that your sources files just need to be at the project's root, and you can't have multiple modules running.

Build the application

You can use go modules to build your application. If your project isn't compatible, we will build your application using go get.

Go modules

If your project is compatible with go modules, be sure that the go.mod file is in your git tree. Note that it must be at the root of your application (see the APP_FOLDER environment variable if it isn't)

For now, you have to add the environment variable CC_GO_BUILD_TOOL=gomod to build using the go modules. In a future release, we will automatically build with go modules if the go.mod file is present at the root of your git tree.

Your project's entrypoint should be in the same folder as the go.mod file and be named main.go. If it isn't, you have to specify it using the following environment variable: CC_GO_PKG=./path/to/entrypoint.go

Go get

By default, we deploy your application as a go project named <app_id>. This might not be what you want. If your application has submodules and imports them with their full path or your main project is an external package hosted, let's say, on github (like, you can define the environment variable. We will then run go get ${CC_GO_PKG} instead of running go get <app_id>.

Also, go get requires that you put your main code in a file named main.go. If you do not do that, go will generate a library and not an executable. So if you get a Nothing listening on port 8080, please check that your main file is named main.go.

You can also force the use of go get by setting the environment variable CC_GO_BUILD_TOOL=goget. This is currently the default.

More configuration

By default, we consider that your repository contains a single application. We put your application in ${GOPATH}/src/{app_id} and then run go get {app_id}.

If you want to configure more precisely your dependencies (e.g. have private libraries, or specific versions of some libraries), the following will explain you how to do it:

  1. Make your repository have a GOPATH structure:


    Here you have the modules myapp, foo/module1, foo/module2 and module3.

  2. Create a clevercloud/go.json file at the top of your repository:

  3. In the go.json file, put the following:

     "deploy": {
         "appIsGoPath": true,
         "main": "myapp"

    If appIsGoPath is present and equals true, then we consider that your repo root is the GOPATH. the main field then becomes mandatory and must be the name of the module you want to run. e.g. if you want to run module1, main must be foo/module1.

  4. (Optional) Add a "execDir" field to the "deploy" object:

     "deploy": {
         "appIsGoPath": true,
         "main": "myapp"
         "execDir": "src/myapp"

The execDir value must be relative to the root of your repo. In the example above, we will run the application in the src/myapp directory.

Environment injection

Clever Cloud can inject environment variables that are defined in the dashboard and by add-ons linked to your application.

To access your variable in your application, nothing simpler! Just get it from your environment, like you would with PATH: os.Getenv("MY_VARIABLE").

Customize build using environment variables

CC_GO_PKG Makes the deployer run go get ${CC_GO_PKG} instead of go get <app_id> or go install ${CC_GO_PKG} instead of go install <package>.
CC_GO_BUILD_TOOL Available values: gomod, goget. Makes the deployer use go modules or go get to build your application. If not specified, defaults to goget.

Deploy on Clever Cloud

Application deployment on Clever Cloud is via Git. Follow these steps to deploy your application.

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