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From version 5.11.0, Artifactory offers fully featured support for Go packages and provides:

  1. Secure, private Go registries with fine-grained access control over Go packages according to projects or development teams.
  2. Remote Go registries which provide proxy and caching functionality for remote Go resources.
  3. Enterprise features such as high availability, repository replication for multi-site development and different options for massively scalability storage.
  4. A full solution with JFrog CLI, allowing you to resolve and publish your Go projects.

Installing Go

Artifactory requires Go client version 1.11.0 and above.

To install the Go client, please refer to the  The Go Programming Language documentation.

Using Homebrew?

If you are using Homebrew you can also install the Go client by running:

brew install go

GoCenter Central Public Repository

GoCenter is a central public repository for OSS Go modules hosted and maintained by JFrog. Already populated with tens of thousands of Go modules, it is one of the primary resources for Go project dependencies. To configure a remote Go registry in Artifactory to proxy GoCenter, please refer to Remote Repositories

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Local Repositories

To deploy Go packages to a local Go registry and enable calculation of Go package metadata, set Go to be the Package Type when you create your local repository.

Local Go Repository

Remote Repositories

A remote Go repository in Artifactory serves as a caching proxy for a public Go registry such as GoCenter or GitHub.

Artifacts (such as zip files) requested from a remote Go registry are cached on demand. You can remove downloaded artifacts from the remote repository cache, however you can not manually deploy artifacts to a remote repository. 

Proxying GoCenter

To define a remote repository to proxy GoCenter, follow the steps below:

  1. Create a new remote repository and set Go to be its Package Type.
  2. Set the Repository Key value, and enter https://gocenter.io in the URL field as displayed below.
  3. Click "Save & Finish".

GoCenter Proxy

Proxying GitHub

To create a Remote Repository which serves as a caching proxy for github.com, follow the steps below:

  1. Create a new remote repository and set Go to be its Package Type.
  2. Set the Repository Key value, and enter https://github.com/ in the URL field as displayed below.
  3. In the Advanced  tab, enter the username and password of your GitHub account. This is required due to a rate limit imposed by GitHub when access is anonymous.
  4. Also in the Advanced tab, check Lenient Host Authentication
  5. Click "Save & Finish"

GitHub Proxy

Virtual Repositories

Default Deployment Repository

If you are publishing your Go builds to a Virtual Repository, make sure to set one of the local Go repositories that it aggregates as the Default Deployment Repository.

A Virtual Repository defined in Artifactory aggregates packages from both local and remote repositories.
This allows you to access both locally hosted Go packages and packages from remote proxied Go registries from a single URL defined for the virtual repository.

To create a virtual repository as a Go registry set Go to be its Package Type, and select the underlying local and remote repositories to include under the Repositories section.

Advanced Configuration

Some  Remote Import Pathsmay use 'go-import' meta tags on the remote repository response body to declare the location of a remote VCS root to follow. By default, this behavior is enabled, and Artifactory will follow these tags to download remote modules. To disable this uncheck the "Follow 'go-import' Meta Tags" checkbox.

Follow 'go-import' Meta Tags
When checked (default), Artifactory will automatically follow remote VCS roots in 'go-import' meta tags to download remote modules. 
'go-import'  Whitelist

A white list of Ant-style path patterns that determine which remote VCS roots Artifactory will follow to download remote modules from when presented with 'go-import' meta tags in the remote repository response. By default, this is set to '**' which means that remote modules may be downloaded from any external VCS source.

For example, if you wish to limit remote 'go-import' modules to only be downloaded from github.com, you should remove the default '**' pattern and replace it with '**/github.com/**'.

Using Go with Artifactory

Much of your work with Go and Artifactory is done through JFrog CLI, a thin client that wraps the Go client. To learn more, please refer to the JFrog CLI User Guide.

Did you know?

 JFrog CLI is, itself, written in Go

Resolving Go Projects

go.mod is a metadata file that describes a Go package. It contains the package's module name and a list of its dependencies.

To allow successful resolution of a package, the Go client requires a corresponding go.mod file to be found in the same folder.

For example, in this "Hello Worlds" Go project, the go.mod file specifies a module github.com/you/hello, with a single dependency, rsc.io/quote v1.5.2.

module github.com/you/hello
require rsc.io/quote v1.5.2

Resolving Transitive Dependencies Locally

To fully resolve a Go project, each transitive dependency needs to have its corresponding go.mod file in place in the same folder where it resides. However, in many cases, the go.mod file does not exist. To resolve a Go project in this case, follow these steps:

  1. Manually download all required dependencies from the internet to your local machine
  2. Run your build while resolving dependencies locally
  3. Publish your built package to Artifactory as described below.

From this point on, you can rebuild your project while resolving dependencies from Artifactory   

Building Go Packages

To build your Go projects, use JFrog CLI. JFrog CLI downloads the dependencies needed for the project from the internet and creates the corresponding go.mod file. When you later use JFrog CLI to publish your package to Artifactory, the go.mod file is uploaded alongside the package to Artifactory.

For details, please refer to the JFrog CLI documentation

Publishing Go Projects

The Go client works through a Git repository which hosts the Go package source code, and does not provide a way to directly publish packages to Artifactory.

To publish your package to Artifactory, use JFrog CLI as described in the JFrog CLI documentation

Default Deployment Repository

If you are publishing your Go builds to a Virtual Repository, make sure to set one of the local Go repositories that it aggregates as the Default Deployment Repository.