Go programs can be cross-compiled e.g., on x86/x86_64 build systems to run on MIPS target machines.
Go supports the following MIPS architectural families. (Are there more?)
|Architecture||Status||GOMIPS value||GOARCH value|
|Big endian (e.g., ar71xx)||supported||GOMIPS=softfloat||GOARCH=mips|
- MIPS on Linux. Tested with an ar71xx based OpenWrt device.
The tested version for running Go on MIPS systems is Go 1.13.
This builds a Go program, strips unneeded strings and symbols to minimize its size, and compresses it to further minimize its size:
env GOOS=linux GOARCH=mips GOMIPS=softfloat go build -trimpath -ldflags="-s -w" 'server.go' upx -9 server
MIPS hardware comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes. If you've had a success story building and running Go on your Arm system, please detail your results here.
Operating System: OpenWrt
The D-Link DIR-505 Mobile Companion comes with an Atheros AR1311 processor, 8 MB flash and 64 MB RAM. This space is limited but allows us to load Go applications, e.g., from network into
/tmpfs and execute them from there.
Further information about the device can be found at https://openwrt.org/toh/d-link/dir-505.
Operating System: RutOS (based on OpenWrt)
The Teltonika RUT955 has a Atheros Wasp MIPS 74Kc CPU running at 550 MHz with 16 MB flash 128 MB RAM. Inbuilt flash will be insufficient for most applications but a Micro SD or USB stick can be added (running application directly from SD was unreliable but copying to /tmpfs and running from there works OK). The inbuilt IO, GPS etc can be accessed via Modbus TCP and the RS232/RS485 ports worked without issue. Tested with Go 1.14.6 & 1.15.3 (GOARCH=mips, GOMIPS=softfloat).
Further information about the device can be found at https://teltonika-networks.com/product/rut955/.
Architecture: ath79 (same hardware as ar71xx, but with native kernel support)
Operating System: OpenWrt
The TP-Link Archer A6 comes with an Atheros QCA9563 MIPS 24K classic processor, 16 MB flash, and 128 MB RAM. Flash storage is limited and no USB ports are available for storage expansion, so programs are loaded from the network into /tmpfs and executed.
Further information about the device can be found at https://openwrt.org/toh/hwdata/tp-link/tp-link_archer_a6_us_tw.
Operating System: DD-WRT
The Belkin F7D7302 comes with a Broadcom BCM4716 little-endian MIPS 74K classic processor, 8 MB flash, and 64 MB RAM. Flash storage is severely limited, but there is a USB port available so programs can be loaded onto a flash drive and executed.
Further information about the device can be found at https://openwrt.org/toh/belkin/f7d3302.
System type: xRX200 rev 1.2
CPU model: MIPS 34Kc V5.6
Operating System: OpenWrt 21
Further information about the device can be found at https://openwrt.org/toh/avm/avm_7362_sl.