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Go Code Reviews

Style Guide

Developers should follow the Effective Go Style Guide.

Code Analysis / Linting

Project Setup

Below is the project setup that you would like to have in your VS Code.

vscode-go extension

Using the Go extension for Visual Studio Code, you get language features like IntelliSense, code navigation, symbol search, bracket matching, snippets, etc. This extension includes rich language support for go in VS Code.

go vet

go vet is a static analysis tool that checks for common go errors, such as incorrect use of range loop variables or misaligned printf arguments. Go code should be able to build with no go vet errors. This will be part of vscode-go extension.


:exclamation: NOTICE: The golint library is deprecated and archived.

The linter revive (below) might be a suitable replacement.

golint can be an effective tool for finding many issues, but it errors on the side of false positives. It is best used by developers when working on code, not as part of an automated build process. This is the default linter which is set up as part of the vscode-go extension.


Revive is a linter for go, it provides a framework for development of custom rules, and lets you define a strict preset for enhancing your development & code review processes.

Automatic Code Formatting


gofmt is the automated code format style guide for Go. This is part of the vs-code extension, and it is enabled by default to run on save of every file.



golangci-lint is the replacement for the now deprecated gometalinter. It is 2-7x faster than gometalinter along with a host of other benefits.

golangci-lint is a powerful, customizable aggregator of linters. By default, several are enabled but not all. A full list of linters and their usages can be found here.

It will allow you to configure each linter and choose which ones you would like to enable in your project.

One awesome feature of golangci-lint is that is can be easily introduced to an existing large codebase using the --new-from-rev COMMITID. With this setting only newly introduced issues are flagged, allowing a team to improve new code without having to fix all historic issues in a large codebase. This provides a great path to improving code-reviews on existing solutions. golangci-lint can also be setup as the default linter in VS Code.

Installation options for golangci-lint are present at golangci-lint.

To use golangci-lint with VS Code, use the below recommended settings:

   "go.lintFlags": [

Pre-Commit Hooks

All developers should run gofmt in a pre-commit hook to ensure standard formatting.

Step 1- Install pre-commit

Run pip install pre-commit to install pre-commit. Alternatively you can run brew install pre-commit if you are using homebrew.

Step 2- Add go-fmt in pre-commit

Add .pre-commit-config.yaml file to root of the go project. Run go-fmt on pre-commit by adding it to .pre-commit-config.yaml file like below.

- repo: git://
  rev: master
    - id: go-fmt

Step 3

Run $ pre-commit install to set up the git hook scripts

Build Validation

gofmt should be run as a part of every build to enforce the common standard.

To automate this process in Azure DevOps you can add the following snippet to your azure-pipelines.yaml file. This will format any scripts in the ./scripts/ folder.

- script: go fmt
  workingDirectory: $(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)/scripts
  displayName: "Run code formatting"

govet should be run as a part of every build to check code linting.

To automate this process in Azure DevOps you can add the following snippet to your azure-pipelines.yaml file. This will check linting of any scripts in the ./scripts/ folder.

- script: go vet
  workingDirectory: $(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)/scripts
  displayName: "Run code linting"

Alternatively you can use golangci-lint as a step in the pipeline to do multiple enabled validations(including go vet and go fmt) of golangci-lint.

- script: golangci-lint run --enable gofmt --fix
  workingDirectory: $(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)/scripts
  displayName: "Run code linting"

Sample Build Validation Pipeline in Azure DevOps

trigger: master

   vmImage: 'ubuntu-latest'


- task: GoTool@0
    version: '1.13.5'

- task: Go@0
    command: 'get'
    arguments: '-d'
    workingDirectory: '$(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)/scripts'

- script: go fmt
  workingDirectory: $(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)/scripts
  displayName: "Run code formatting"

- script: go vet
  workingDirectory: $(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)/scripts
  displayName: 'Run go vet'

- task: Go@0
    command: 'build'
    workingDirectory: '$(System.DefaultWorkingDirectory)'

- task: CopyFiles@2
    TargetFolder: '$(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)'
- task: PublishBuildArtifacts@1
     artifactName: drop

Code Review Checklist

The Go language team maintains a list of common Code Review Comments for go that form the basis for a solid checklist for a team working in Go that should be followed in addition to the ISE Code Review Checklist

Last update: April 24, 2023