running commands with go

July 12, 2015   

Sometimes we need to run external commands programatically to use the output of the command to drive the execution. Go provides a nice interface to run the external commands through exec package. Running an external command is very easy and an example is given below.

package main

import (

func main() {
	out, err := exec.Command("date").Output()
	if err != nil {
	fmt.Printf("The time is %s\n", out)

exec package provides some other useful methods to work with external commands. Use this powerful package to build awesome things.