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How To Upgrade Go / Golang Dependencies

Regardless of whether you are using Go modules or not, upgrading Go dependencies is a trivial task by using the go get command. Here’s a couple of example on how to upgrade Go dependencies.

How to upgrade dependency to the latest version

This command will eventually update your go.mod and go.sum file
go get example.com/pkg

How to upgrade dependency and all its dependencies to the latest version

Similarly if you need to upgrade ta dependency and all its sub dependencies to latest version
go get -u example.com/pkg

How to view available dependency upgrades


To view available minor and patch upgrades for all direct and indirect dependencies
go list -u -m all

How to upgrade all dependencies at once

To upgrade all dependencies at once for a given module, just run the following from the root directory of your module.

This upgrades to the latest or minor patch release
go get -u ./...
To also upgrade test dependencies
go get -t -u ./...

How to upgrade to a specific version using Go modules

Using the same mechanism as described above we can use the go get command to upgrade to a specific dependency
get foo@v1.6.2
or specifying a commit hash
go get foo@e3702bed2
or you can explore further semantics defined in the Module Queries.

Test after upgrading dependencies

To make sure your packages are working correctly after an upgrade you may want to run the following command to test that are working properly.
go test all
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