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Operating Systems


Kernel version 2.6.32 or later. [This depends on architecture though, we need to have specific builder for this.] Linux/ARMv5 requires much newer kernels, at least v3.1 (for __kuser_cmpxchg64).

We don't support CentOS 5. The kernel is too old (2.6.18).

For little-endian MIPS64, kernel version 4.1 is known to fail, and 4.8 works.

If you are using tinyconfig (e.g. make tinyconfig) for embedded systems, you will also almost certainly enable printk in the kernel as well as a console; we will not include those generic options here. For Go, you must also enable CONFIG_FUTEX and CONFIG_EPOLL.

On arm64, an out of date (lower than version 2.33) may cause shared library tests to fail (see golang/go#28334).


For Go 1.10: Windows XP (w/ Service Pack 3) or higher.

For Go 1.11 and later: Windows 7 and higher or Windows Server 2008 R2 and higher. We test on Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, and 2016, which are roughly Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

For Go 1.21 and later: Windows 10 and higher or Windows Server 2016 and higher.

macOS (née OS X, aka Darwin)

macOS Sierra 10.12 or higher requires Go 1.7.1 or above.

macOS Monterey 12 or higher requires Go 1.11 or above.

Go 1.15 and later only support macOS Sierra 10.12 or newer; see

Go 1.17 and later only support macOS High Sierra 10.13 or newer; see

Go 1.21 and later will support macOS Catalina 10.15 or newer; see

We have builders for macOS 10.14 through macOS 13 as of 2023-05-31.


The current officially supported -stable versions only.

DragonFly BSD

Generally only the latest release version only. We have a builder, but it's not the most stable of our ports.


See Go on FreeBSD for supported FreeBSD/Architecture/Go versions matrix.


There are known NetBSD bugs (including kernel crashes) up to the current NetBSD 7.1. There is a reported fix in NetBSD 7.1.1 but it's unverified as of 2017-07-10, as we're not running builders again yet. See and golang/go#20852


illumos (former OpenSolaris 10) based distributions or Oracle Solaris 11+.


iOS 12 or later.


Microarchitecture support

For some architectures, Go supports compiling to specific microarchitectures using environment variables, e.g. GOAMD64 for go1.18 and later. Binaries will check at startup whether the requested microarchitecture level is supported. For example, a binary built with GOAMD64=v3 will fail on a CPU that doesn't have LZCNT support.

Various microarchitecture levels and the environment variables used to select them are described with each architecture.

The build cache understands the microarchitecture environment variables and does not require any cleaning if you change them.

While performance is expected to improve when a higher minimum microarchitecture is requested, this might not be true in all cases. Benchmark your performance-critical code to verify performance improvements.


Until Go 1.17, the Go compiler always generated x86 binaries that could be executed by any 64-bit x86 processor.

Go 1.18 introduced 4 architectural levels for AMD64. Each level differs in the set of x86 instructions that the compiler can include in the generated binaries:

  • GOAMD64=v1 (default): The baseline. Exclusively generates instructions that all 64-bit x86 processors can execute.
  • GOAMD64=v2: all v1 instructions, plus CMPXCHG16B, LAHF, SAHF, POPCNT, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSSE3.
  • GOAMD64=v3: all v2 instructions, plus AVX, AVX2, BMI1, BMI2, F16C, FMA, LZCNT, MOVBE, OSXSAVE.
  • GOAMD64=v4: all v3 instructions, plus AVX512F, AVX512BW, AVX512CD, AVX512DQ, AVX512VL.

Setting, for example, GOAMD64=v3, will allow the Go compiler to use AVX2 instructions in the generated binaries (which may improve performance in some cases); but these binaries will not run on older x86 processors that don't support AVX2.

The Go toolchain may also generate newer instructions, but guarded by dynamic checks to ensure they're only executed on capable processors. For example, with GOAMD64=v1, math/bits.OnesCount will still use the POPCNT instruction if CPUID reports that it's available. Otherwise, it falls back to a generic implementation.

The Go toolchain does not currently generate any AVX512 instructions.

Note that processor is a simplification in this context. In practice, support from the entire system (firmware, hypervisor, kernel) is needed.

See section Microarchitecture support for hints on how to use microarchitecture environment variables like GOAMD64.



  • GO386=sse2 (default): Any processor with at least SSE2
  • GO386=softfloat: All Pentium MMX or later processors (uses software floating point emulation)



  • GOARM=5: use software floating point; when CPU doesn't have VFP co-processor
  • GOARM=6: use VFPv1 only; default if cross compiling; usually ARM11 or better cores (VFPv2 or better is also supported)
  • GOARM=7: use VFPv3; usually Cortex-A cores


All ARMv8-A processors.

ppc64 (big endian)

POWER5 and above. Starting with Go 1.9, only POWER8 and above are supported.

ppc64le (little endian)

POWER8 and above.

mips64 (big endian)

MIPS III or higher. Builder is using MIPS64r2.

mips64le (little endian)

MIPS III or higher in little endian mode.



mips (big endian) and mipsle (little endian)



rv64g (rv64imafd)


For programs using cgo, gcc 4.6 or newer is required.