Programming language: Go
Tags: Package Management    
Latest version: v0.5.4

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dep is a dependency management tool for Go. It requires Go 1.9 or newer to compile.

dep was the "official experiment." The Go toolchain, as of 1.11, has adopted an approach that sharply diverges from dep. As a result, we are continuing development of dep, but gearing work primarily towards the development of an alternative prototype for versioning behavior in the toolchain.

For guides and reference materials about dep, see the documentation.


You should use an officially released version. Release binaries are available on the releases page.

On MacOS you can install or upgrade to the latest released version with Homebrew:

$ brew install dep
$ brew upgrade dep

On Debian platforms you can install or upgrade to the latest version with apt-get:

$ sudo apt-get install go-dep

On Windows, you can download a tarball from go.equinox.io.

On other platforms you can use the install.sh script:

$ curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/golang/dep/master/install.sh | sh

It will install into your $GOPATH/bin directory by default or any other directory you specify using the INSTALL_DIRECTORY environment variable.

If your platform is not supported, you'll need to build it manually or let the team know and we'll consider adding your platform to the release builds.

If you're interested in getting the source code, or hacking on dep, you can install via go get:

go get -u github.com/golang/dep/cmd/dep


Feedback is greatly appreciated. At this stage, the maintainers are most interested in feedback centered on the user experience (UX) of the tool. Do you have workflows that the tool supports well, or doesn't support at all? Do any of the commands have surprising effects, output, or results? Let us know by filing an issue, describing what you did or wanted to do, what you expected to happen, and what actually happened.


Contributions are greatly appreciated. The maintainers actively manage the issues list, and try to highlight issues suitable for newcomers. The project follows the typical GitHub pull request model. See [CONTRIBUTING.md](CONTRIBUTING.md) for more details. Before starting any work, please either comment on an existing issue, or file a new one.