Does Go provide REPL?

Issue

The interactive environment is VERY helpful for a programmer. However, it seems Go does not provide it. Is my understanding correct?

Solution

No, Go does not provide a REPL(read–eval–print loop).

However, as already mentioned, Go Playground (this is the new URL) is very handy. The Go Authors are also thinking about adding a feature-rich editor to it.

If you want something local, consider installing hsandbox. Running it simply with hsandbox go will split your terminal screen (with screen) where you can write code at the top and see its execution output at the bottom on every save.

There was a gotry among standard Go commands, which used to evaluate expressions (with an optional package name), and could be run like gotry 1+2 and gotry fmt 'Println("hello")' from shell. It is no longer available because not many people actually used it.

I have also seen third party projects for building a REPL for Go, but now I can only find links to two of them: igo and go-repl. How well do they work I don’t know.

My two cents: Speed of compilation makes writing a REPL possible for Go, as it has also helped building the tools mentioned here, but the same speed makes REPL less necessary. Every time I want to test something in Go that I can’t run in Playground I open a simple .go file and start coding and simply run the code. This will be even easier when the go command in Go 1 makes one-command build process possible and way easier.

UPDATE: Latest weekly release of Go added go command which can be used to very easily build a file: write your prog.go file and run go build prog.go && ./prog

UPDATE 2: With Go 1 you can directly run go programs with go run filename.go

UPDATE 3: gore is a new project which seems interesting.

Answered By – Mostafa

Answer Checked By – Mildred Charles (GoLangFix Admin)

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