Working with Go


Read Directory Recursively

Use the filepath.Walk function to recursively walk down a directory.

The Walk function accepts a path, and WalkFunc as its parameters.

The WalkFunc signature is func(path string, info os.FileInfo, err error) error, below is an example using an anonymous function with that signature.

In the WalkFunc if you want to skip an entire directory, return filepath.SkipDir which is a special error variable defined in the library.

package main

import (

func main() {
    path := "./dir"

    filepath.Walk(path, func(fn string, fi os.FileInfo, err error) error {
        if err != nil {
            fmt.Println("Walker Error: ", err)
            return err

        if fi.IsDir() {
            fmt.Println("Directory: ", fn)
            if fi.Name() == "skipme" {
                return filepath.SkipDir
        } else {
            fmt.Println("File: ", fn)
        return nil

Create Directory if not exists

Check if directory exists, create directory if it does not.

    pathdir := filepath.Join(path, dir)
    if _, err := os.Stat(pathdir); os.IsNotExist(err) {
        mdErr := os.Mkdir(dirpath, 0755)
        if mdErr != nil {
            fmt.Println("Error making directory", mdErr)

Get User Home Directory

A platform independent way to get the user’s home directory.

import "os/user"

usr, err := user.Current()
fmt.Println("User Home Directory:", usr.HomeDir)

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