golangci-lint VS go-tools

Compare golangci-lint vs go-tools and see what are their differences.


Fast linters Runner for Go (by golangci)


Staticcheck - The advanced Go linter (by dominikh)
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12,588 5,398
2.0% -
9.5 5.2
about 21 hours ago 5 days ago
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Posts with mentions or reviews of golangci-lint. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-23.


Posts with mentions or reviews of go-tools. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-23.
  • Find project-wide unused code using Golang's LSP
    2 projects | /r/golang | 23 May 2023
    For the last year or so (as of 2023) Golang has only had one active project for linting unused code, namely: unused from https://github.com/dominikh/go-tools. It works really well, but only within a package, not across packages, like within a traditional monolith. unused used to be part of another project called staticcheck, that did indeed have a flag for detecting project-wide unused code, but that is no longer supported. There are good reasons for that (see this Github discussion), mainly that it's computationally expensive.
  • Tools besides Go for a newbie
    36 projects | /r/golang | 26 Mar 2023
    IDE: use whatever make you productive. I personally use vscode. VCS: git, as golang communities use github heavily as base for many libraries. AFAIK Linter: use staticcheck for linting as it looks like mostly used linting tool in go, supported by many also. In Vscode it will be recommended once you install go plugin. Libraries/Framework: actually the standard libraries already included many things you need, decent enough for your day-to-day development cycles(e.g. `net/http`). But here are things for extra: - Struct fields validator: validator - Http server lib: chi router , httprouter , fasthttp (for non standard http implementations, but fast) - Web Framework: echo , gin , fiber , beego , etc - Http client lib: most already covered by stdlib(net/http), so you rarely need extra lib for this, but if you really need some are: resty - CLI: cobra - Config: godotenv , viper - DB Drivers: sqlx , postgre , sqlite , mysql - nosql: redis , mongodb , elasticsearch - ORM: gorm , entgo , sqlc(codegen) - JS Transpiler: gopherjs - GUI: fyne - grpc: grpc - logging: zerolog - test: testify , gomock , dockertest - and many others you can find here
    36 projects | /r/golang | 26 Mar 2023
  • New linter for mixing pointer and value method receivers
    2 projects | /r/golang | 30 Nov 2022
    Also proposal to staticcheck, will see if it goes through! https://github.com/dominikh/go-tools/issues/1337
  • Zig, the Small Language
    13 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 7 Sep 2022
    This really irritated me when I started working with go, but it stopped bothering me and now I even mostly like it.

    The missing error checks are annoying, but if you have appropriate editor config it is hard to miss them: https://cdn.billmill.org/static/newsyctmp/warning.png

    Basically writing go without `staticcheck`[1] is not recommended. If you do have it set up, it's pretty easy to avoid simple errors like that.

    [1]: https://staticcheck.io/

  • Our experience upgrading from go v1.17 to v1.18 for generics
    2 projects | /r/golang | 20 Jul 2022
    However, recently [per this issue](https://github.com/dominikh/go-tools/issues/1270) it is safe to re-enable the ones I highlighted with strikethrough above. I would be interested in tracking issues for the remainder if you have those linked somewhere.
  • What are your strategies to prevent nil pointers errors in your code base?
    3 projects | /r/golang | 24 Jun 2022
    Unfortunately I don't know of any tools that can/do always detect it. There's this discussion for the staticcheck linter where they basically don't think it's worth false positives in order to support it a lint for it.
  • Go API tutorial: the begin
    2 projects | dev.to | 15 Apr 2022
    staticcheck tool. It's a tool for linting which can perform some checks on your code about simplifications, styling rules, performance issues and so on. U can find more about it here. It's not mandatory but I strongly recommend it
  • Is there a tool to find dead code?
    2 projects | /r/golang | 31 Mar 2022
    You can use Staticcheck for this: https://staticcheck.io/
  • [Newcomer] Linters for go
    3 projects | /r/golang | 29 Mar 2022
    The most used ones that I've seen are statticcheck and golangci-lint. If there's something custom that you might need, see Semgrep

What are some alternatives?

When comparing golangci-lint and go-tools you can also consider the following projects:

ireturn - Accept Interfaces, Return Concrete Types

gosec - Golang security checker

golangci-lint-action - Official GitHub action for golangci-lint from its authors

gopl.io - Example programs from "The Go Programming Language"

go - The Go programming language

ls-lint - An extremely fast directory and filename linter - Bring some structure to your project filesystem

revive - πŸ”₯ ~6x faster, stricter, configurable, extensible, and beautiful drop-in replacement for golint

golang-standards/project-layout - Standard Go Project Layout

maligned - Tool to detect Go structs that would take less memory if their fields were sorted.

viper - Go configuration with fangs

gofumpt - A stricter gofmt