Programming language: Go
License: MIT License
Latest version: v0.3.1

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TOML stands for Tom's Obvious, Minimal Language. This Go package provides a reflection interface similar to Go's standard library json and xml packages.

Compatible with TOML version v1.0.0.

Documentation: https://godocs.io/github.com/BurntSushi/toml

See the releases page for a changelog; this information is also in the git tag annotations (e.g. git show v0.4.0).

This library requires Go 1.13 or newer; add it to your go.mod with:

% go get github.com/BurntSushi/[email protected]

It also comes with a TOML validator CLI tool:

% go install github.com/BurntSushi/toml/cmd/[email protected]
% tomlv some-toml-file.toml


For the simplest example, consider some TOML file as just a list of keys and values:

Age = 25
Cats = [ "Cauchy", "Plato" ]
Pi = 3.14
Perfection = [ 6, 28, 496, 8128 ]
DOB = 1987-07-05T05:45:00Z

Which can be decoded with:

type Config struct {
    Age        int
    Cats       []string
    Pi         float64
    Perfection []int
    DOB        time.Time

var conf Config
_, err := toml.Decode(tomlData, &conf)

You can also use struct tags if your struct field name doesn't map to a TOML key value directly:

some_key_NAME = "wat"
type TOML struct {
    ObscureKey string `toml:"some_key_NAME"`

Beware that like other decoders only exported fields are considered when encoding and decoding; private fields are silently ignored.

Using the Marshaler and encoding.TextUnmarshaler interfaces

Here's an example that automatically parses values in a mail.Address:

contacts = [
    "Donald Duck <[email protected]>",
    "Scrooge McDuck <[email protected]>",

Can be decoded with:

// Create address type which satisfies the encoding.TextUnmarshaler interface.
type address struct {

func (a *address) UnmarshalText(text []byte) error {
    var err error
    a.Address, err = mail.ParseAddress(string(text))
    return err

// Decode it.
func decode() {
    blob := `
        contacts = [
            "Donald Duck <[email protected]>",
            "Scrooge McDuck <[email protected]>",

    var contacts struct {
        Contacts []address

    _, err := toml.Decode(blob, &contacts)
    if err != nil {

    for _, c := range contacts.Contacts {
        fmt.Printf("%#v\n", c.Address)

    // Output:
    // &mail.Address{Name:"Donald Duck", Address:"[email protected]"}
    // &mail.Address{Name:"Scrooge McDuck", Address:"[email protected]"}

To target TOML specifically you can implement UnmarshalTOML TOML interface in a similar way.

More complex usage

See the [_example/](/_example) directory for a more complex example.