Setup Go Development Environment with VS Code and WSL on Windows

0. Prerequisites

  • Your PC should be running a newer version of Windows 10 which supports WSL. Check WSL’s documentation for detail.
  • Currently the remote development extensions are only supported by the insiders build of VS Code. Stable builds should support them later.

1. Setup WSL

Enable WSL Feature

“Windows Features” dialog

Install a WSL Distro

Shell (Optional)

Terminal (Optional)

Terminus (with the “Hurtado“ color scheme)

2. Install Go in WSL

Install from Ubuntu Repository

sudo apt update
sudo apt install golang-go

Install a Binary Release

sudo tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.12.5.linux-amd64.tar.gz
export GOPATH="$HOME/Go" # or any directory to put your Go code
export PATH="$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin:$GOPATH/bin"

3. Configure VS Code

Install the Remote Development Extension

Enter Remote Dev Environment

Setup the Go Extension

VS Code remote development environment
An “Install on WSL” button will be shown on installed extensions

Install Go Tools

Configure the remote Go extension

"": "/usr/bin/zsh",
"go.gopath": "/home/beta/Coding/Go",
"go.goroot": "/usr/local/go",
"go.formatTool": "goformat",
"go.autocompleteUnimportedPackages": true,
"[go]": {
"editor.formatOnSave": true,
"editor.codeActionsOnSave": {
"source.organizeImports": true

3. FAQ




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