How To Setup Oracle With Golang

This will be a fairly simple setup thanks to the steps you’ve hopefully already finished from my previous post on how to setup Oracle for OS X.

Setup pkg-config

We will be setting up the package config file (oci8.pc) so Golang can find the headers needed to compile the oracle driver I’ve found.

The file goes somewhere in the $PKG_CONFIG_PATH, but I’m not sure what that is because on my own system that was an empty enviroment variable. According to the instructions from the package I wanted to use, a path in the default $PKG_CONFIG_PATH is /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/.

Here is my file (Which will likely work for you unedited if you followed my previous post):

$ cat /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/oci8.pc



Name: oci8
Description: Oracle database engine
Version: ${version}
Libs: -L${libdir} -lclntsh
Cflags: -I${includedir}

Check pkg-config

To make sure everything works as we wanted, make sure oci8 is a package config pkg-config recognizses.

$ pkg-config --list-all | grep oci8
oci8                                oci8 - Oracle database engine

go get …

And now you can comfortably get either one of the Golang oracle drivers I found.


$ go get


$ go get

From here

If everything went as planned your package should have installed successfully.

If you want to also have this in Python, which is even easier than this, go check out the other post I have on setting up Oracle with Python.