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Published: Feb 9, 2021 License: Apache-2.0 Imports: 6 Imported by: 0



Package multierr allows combining one or more errors together.


Errors can be combined with the use of the Combine function.


If only two errors are being combined, the Append function may be used instead.

err = multierr.Combine(reader.Close(), writer.Close())

This makes it possible to record resource cleanup failures from deferred blocks with the help of named return values.

func sendRequest(req Request) (err error) {
	conn, err := openConnection()
	if err != nil {
		return err
	defer func() {
		err = multierr.Append(err, conn.Close())
	// ...

The underlying list of errors for a returned error object may be retrieved with the Errors function.

errors := multierr.Errors(err)
if len(errors) > 0 {
	fmt.Println("The following errors occurred:")

Advanced Usage

Errors returned by Combine and Append MAY implement the following interface.

type errorGroup interface {
	// Returns a slice containing the underlying list of errors.
	// This slice MUST NOT be modified by the caller.
	Errors() []error

Note that if you need access to list of errors behind a multierr error, you should prefer using the Errors function. That said, if you need cheap read-only access to the underlying errors slice, you can attempt to cast the error to this interface. You MUST handle the failure case gracefully because errors returned by Combine and Append are not guaranteed to implement this interface.

var errors []error
group, ok := err.(errorGroup)
if ok {
	errors = group.Errors()
} else {
	errors = []error{err}



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func Append

func Append(left error, right error) error

Append appends the given errors together. Either value may be nil.

This function is a specialization of Combine for the common case where there are only two errors.

err = multierr.Append(reader.Close(), writer.Close())

The following pattern may also be used to record failure of deferred operations without losing information about the original error.

func doSomething(..) (err error) {
	f := acquireResource()
	defer func() {
		err = multierr.Append(err, f.Close())

func Combine

func Combine(errors ...error) error

Combine combines the passed errors into a single error.

If zero arguments were passed or if all items are nil, a nil error is returned.

Combine(nil, nil)  // == nil

If only a single error was passed, it is returned as-is.

Combine(err)  // == err

Combine skips over nil arguments so this function may be used to combine together errors from operations that fail independently of each other.


If any of the passed errors is a multierr error, it will be flattened along with the other errors.

multierr.Combine(multierr.Combine(err1, err2), err3)
// is the same as
multierr.Combine(err1, err2, err3)

The returned error formats into a readable multi-line error message if formatted with %+v.

fmt.Sprintf("%+v", multierr.Combine(err1, err2))

func Errors

func Errors(err error) []error

Errors returns a slice containing zero or more errors that the supplied error is composed of. If the error is nil, the returned slice is empty.

err := multierr.Append(r.Close(), w.Close())
errors := multierr.Errors(err)

If the error is not composed of other errors, the returned slice contains just the error that was passed in.

Callers of this function are free to modify the returned slice.


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