Goweb - A simple, powerful web framework for Go.


Goweb follows the MVC pattern where you build controller objects, and map them to routes of URLs using the goweb.MapController function. Controller objects should adhear to one or more of the controllers.Restful* interfaces in order to be mapped correctly.

If you are not following RESTful patterns, you can do custom routing using the goweb.Map function.

See some real world examples of how to use Goweb by checking out the example web app code:


Your controllers, following a RESTful pattern, might look like this:

// PeopleController controls the 'people' resources.
type PeopleController struct {}

// ReadMany reads many people.
func (c *PeopleController) ReadMany(ctx context.Context) error {

  // TODO: show all people


// Read reads one person.
func (c *PeopleController) Read(id string, ctx context.Context) error {

  // TODO: show one person


// Create creates a new person.
func (c *PeopleController) Create(ctx context.Context) error {

  // TODO: create a person, and redirect to the Read method


In the above controller code, we are providing three RESTful methods, Read, ReadMany and Create.

To map this in Goweb, we use the MapController function like this:

mapErr := goweb.MapController(&PeopleController{})

This will map the two functions (since they follow the standards defined in the controllers package) to the appropriate RESTful URLs:

GET /people - ReadMany
GET /people/{id} - Read
POST /people - Create

To add more RESTful features (like Update and Delete), you just have to add the relevant methods to the controller and Goweb will do the rest for you.

For a full list of the supported methods, see the MapController function.

Mapping paths

If you want to map specific paths with Goweb, you can use the `goweb.Map` function with the following kinds of paths:

/literals - Normal text will be considered literal, meaning the path would
            have to match it exactly.

{variable} - Curly braces represent a segment of path that can be anything,
             and which will be made available via the `context.PathParam` method.

[optional-variable] - Square braces represent an optional segment.  If present,
                      will be made available via the `context.PathParam` method
                      but otherwise the path will still be a match.

* - A single `*` is similar to using `{}`, except the value is ignored.

*** - Three `*`'s matches anything in this segment, and any subsequent segments.
      For example, `/people/***` would match `/people`, `/people/123` and `/people/123/books/456`.

For some real examples of mapping paths, see the goweb.Map function, or check out the example_webapp in the code.


Goweb makes it easy to respond to requests using an extensible Responder pattern.

If you're building an API, you can respond using the `goweb.API` object, if you just need to respond in a normal HTTP manner, you can use the `goweb.Respond` object.

For details on how to make normal HTTP responses, see

For details on how to make API responses, see

Writing tests

Writing unit tests for your Goweb code is made possible via the `goweb.Test` and `goweb.TestOn` functions, and with a little help from the Testify HTTP package, see

For a real example of what tests look like, see the tests in the example web app:

Working with JSONP

If you are working in an environment that always requires a 200 response, simply do:


Additionally, if you need to override the HTTP Method used, simply pass it in a similar manner:


Changes from Goweb 1

Goweb 2 changes two key things about Goweb; mapping and responding.

Instead of `MapFunc`, the `Map` method is now very flexible accepting all sorts of input. See goweb.Map below for more details.

Instead of responding via the context.Context object, we have abstracted it out to responders, that allow you to easily respond in various ways. See Responding above for more information.

We have tried to include relevant panics when you try to use old Goweb style coding to help you update any old code, but if you get stuck please ask us for help on our group:!forum/golang-goweb

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