Excellent Open Source Go Projects

Something I often hear new Go developers say is that they are looking for some good projects to study, learn from and contribute to. Normally I suggest reading the Go source: it’s easy to read, you can pick a part you are interested in, and is probably bound to be the best example of idiomatic Go. But this past weekend presented itself with an opportunity to find more open source Go projects that are of the highest quality.

I participated in Gopher Gala, a 48 hour-long worldwide hackathon for Go. Our team built a project called Go Report Card, and it aims to rate the quality of any open source Go project on Github. The tool uses various other Go tools: gofmt -s to judge basic formatting, go vet to check for suspicious constructs, gocyclo to measure the cyclomatic complexity of the code, and so on. It then averages these results to get the final grade.

My teammate Shawn Smith and I have been hitting all of the most popular Go repos on Github, and saving the results to a Mongo database. Right now, we have checked 276 of the most popular Go repositories on Github. In order to find the projects of highest quality, I selected the ones with at least 100 Go files, and ordered them by their rating. Here are the results:

Rank Name Github Repo Go Files Score
1 go-github google/go-github 107 97.1%
2 Cockroach cockroachdb/cockroach 204 89.5%
3 golang/net golang/net 243 87.6%
4 xGo exercism/xgo 142 86.2%
5 Kubernetes GoogleCloudPlatform/kubernetes 636 83.6%
6 syncthing syncthing/syncthing 146 83.0%
7 Packer mitchellh/packer 656 82.8%
8 Drone drone/drone 189 82.5%
9 etcd coreos/etcd 211 82.3%
10 Docker docker/docker 881 81.4%
11 GoLearn sjwhitworth/golearn 111 80.8%
12 NSQ bitly/nsq 116 80.8%
13 GoConvey smartystreets/goconvey 160 79.5%
14 golang/tools golang/tools 452 79.2%
15 Fleet coreos/fleet 151 79.1%
16 LimeText limetext/lime 150 79.0%
17 Flynn flynn/flynn 229 78.4%
18 godropbox dropbox/godropbox 157 78.1%
19 consul hashicorp/consul 182 77.4%
20 terraform hashicorp/terraform 454 74.2%

A lot of these are indeed fantastic projects. And if you are looking for a smaller project to start with, here are the highest-rated open source repos with at most 100 Go files:

Rank Name Github Repo Go Files Score
1 httplogger ernesto-jimenez/httplogger 2 100.0%
2 Google Analytics Beacon Analytics igrigorik/ga-beacon 1 99.6%
3 s3cache sourcegraph/s3cache 1 99.4%
4 watchreadlisten shawnps/watchreadlisten 1 99.3%
5 go-loggly segmentio/go-loggly 1 99.3%
6 Exercism CLI exercism/cli 27 99.0%
7 TextQL dinedal/textql 1 98.7%
8 exercism/arkov exercism/arkov 9 97.2%
9 go-prompt segmentio/go-prompt 6 95.8%
10 SSCC pblaszczyk/sscc 14 94.64%
11 mewmew/playground mewmew/playground 96 91.9%
12 go-stats segmentio/go-stats 3 91.6%
13 localtunnel progrium/localtunnel 3 91.6%
14 freegeoip fiorix/freegeoip 9 91.6%
15 negroni codegangsta/negroni 11 90.9%
16 MAST ikawaha/mast 27 90.7%
17 martini go-martini/martini 16 90.6%
18 Bolt boltdb/bolt 42 90.4%
19 LLVM mewlang/llvm 21 90.4%
20 notify rjeczalik/notify 41 90.2%

If Go Report Card is to believed, any of these projects a great place to start learning high-quality, idiomatic Go!


To see how your own open source repo measures up, you can try it out on goreportcard. For example, this is what the output looks like for our hackathon project:

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It might only score a B, but you are still welcome to check out the Github repo too :)


Herman is a Go developer living and working in Asia. Feel free to reach out @ironzeb to continue the discussion.

 
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