5 Most Popular Open Source Go Projects For Beginners

Golang is a programming language developed by Google. This statically-typed language has some additional features such as garbage collection, type safety, some dynamic-typing capabilities, a large standard library, etc. Over the last few years, the number of high-quality open source Go projects has gone up exponentially and the open source community has also embraced the programming language.

And, it’s not just the open source community, engineering teams across data-native companies have also embraced this programming language, with Go becoming the dominant language for systems work in Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Orchestration, and Platform-as-a-Service, Apcera CEO Derek Collison noted in the Go blog. Enterprises such as CloudFlare, Google and Splice are all moving to Go. This means that Go has become the primary language for a broad set of use cases, Go blog noted. Kubernetes and Docker built new solutions on Go while other open source projects like  Hugo, Syncthing, and Fzf created better experiences, stated the blog. As per a 2018 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, Go bagged the #5 spot in the most loved and top 5 most wanted languages.

In this article, we help you get programming with Go with these 5 best beginner-friendly open source projects.

(The list is in no particular order)

1| Docker

Docker unlocks the potential of your organisation by giving developers and IT the freedom to build, manage and secure business-critical applications without the fear of technology or infrastructure lock-in. Docker enables you to bring traditional and cloud-native applications built on Windows Server, Linux and mainframe into an automated and secure supply chain, advancing dev to ops collaboration and reducing time to value.

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Docker can be used in various ways such as it offers a disposable environment which can be used in learning new technologies, Docker provides a convenient way to have local development environments which often matches with the production environment. Docker also has a popular way of configuring, save and share server environments using containers which helps in installing an application or a large stack by using the simple running command as “docker pull” or “docker run”.

Click here some awesome projects from the Docker Community.

2| etcd

Etcd is written in Go and an open source distributed key-value store which uses the Raft consensus algorithm to manage a highly-available replicated log. It is a distributed reliable key-value store for the most critical data of a distributed system, with a focus on being well-defined, user-facing API, automatic TLS with optional client authentication, benchmarked 10,000 writes/sec, reliable as it is properly distributed using Raft.

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Etcd provides a reliable way to store data across a cluster of machines and it handles leader elections during network partitions and will also tolerate the machine failure including the leader. You can also store database connection details or feature flags in etcd as key-value pairs.

Click here to check out some use cases of etcd.

3| Kubernetes

Kubernetes is an open source system for managing containerized applications across multiple hosts; providing basic mechanisms for deployment, maintenance, and scaling of applications.  This system is built upon a decade and a half of experience at Google running production workloads at scale using a system called Borg, combined with best-of-breed ideas and practices from the community and hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

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The latest version of  Kubernetes v 1.14 with some new features is released in March 2019. Kubernetes is robust in nature and has solutions for various kinds of problems in deployment, running multiple applications, etc. It is being used by the organisations for these features and uses a descriptive format to keep you informative while doing any deployment, it has its own vocabulary, tools, paradigm, etc. for the servers. The features of Kubernetes can be used for a large number of services and machines but it is less recommended for personal projects because of its complex and pricey workloads.

Click here to mastering Kubernetes.

4| Syncthing

Syncthing is a continuous file synchronization program. It synchronizes files between two or more computers. Syncthing is still in development, although a large number of features have already been implemented such as Web GUI which configures and monitors Syncthing via a responsive and powerful interface accessible via your browser, synchronize as many folders as you need with different people. This program doesn’t need IP addresses or advanced configuration: it just works, over LAN and over the Internet.

Syncthing releases its latest version 1.1.1 in April 2019 which has some interesting features such as bug fixing and other enhancements. The next release, v1.1.2, is expected in May 2019.

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5| InfluxDB

InfluxDB is an open source time series platform. This includes APIs for storing and querying data, processing it in the background for ETL or monitoring and alerting purposes, user dashboards, and visualizing and exploring the data and more. The master branch on this repo now represents InfluxDB 2.0, which includes functionality for Kapacitor (background processing) and Chronograf (the UI). The latest InfluxDB 1.x is the stable release and recommended for production use.

The latest version of this time-series database is released in April 2019. As a beginner in InfluxDB you may encounter some issues in deleting data using retention policies, memory usage, readable timestamps, etc. Click here to understand how to tackle these situations.


  1. Deploying Go servers with Docker.
  2. Kubernetes: The Surprisingly Affordable Platform for Personal Projects
  3. Welcome to Syncthing’s documentation
  4. The Most Frequently Asked Questions: A Guide for the Overly Eager New InfluxDB User

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