protoc-gen-go: program not found or is not executable


I am trying to build a sample application with Go gRPC, but I am unable to generate the code using "protoc"

I have installed the required libraries and Go packages using:

  1. go get -u
  2. go get -u

I have tried setting the path as well, but no luck.

Sample "proto" file:

syntax = "proto3";

package greet;
option go_package="greetpb";

service GreetService{}

Error message:

"protoc-gen-go: program not found or is not executable
–go_out: protoc-gen-go: Plugin failed with status code 1."


I resolved it by following these steps:

Install the Go library using:

go get -u{proto,protoc-gen-go}
  1. Run vim ~/.bash_profile
  2. Add:
    export GO_PATH=~/go
    export PATH=$PATH:/$GO_PATH/bin
  3. Run source ~/.bash_profile

Reference: Unable to build protobuf to go endpoint

Answered By – Mayank Gupta

Answer Checked By – Cary Denson (GoLangFix Admin)

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