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Published: May 11, 2023 License: Apache-2.0 Imports: 2 Imported by: 1


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Mage is a make-like build tool using Go. You write plain-old go functions, and Mage automatically uses them as Makefile-like runnable targets.


Mage has no dependencies outside the Go standard library, and builds with Go 1.7 and above (possibly even lower versions, but they're not regularly tested).


go get -u -d
cd $GOPATH/src/
go run bootstrap.go

Using Go Modules

git clone
cd mage
go run bootstrap.go

This will download the code and then run the bootstrap script to build mage with version infomation embedded in it. A normal go get (without -d) or go install will build the binary correctly, but no version info will be embedded. If you've done this, no worries, just go to $GOPATH/src/ and run mage install or go run bootstrap.go and a new binary will be created with the correct version information.

The mage binary will be created in your $GOPATH/bin directory.

You may also install a binary release from our releases page.


Mage Demo


Join the #mage channel on gophers slack or post on the magefile google group for discussion of usage, development, etc.


See for full documentation.

See for instructions on how to use Mage as a library.


Makefiles are hard to read and hard to write. Mostly because makefiles are essentially fancy bash scripts with significant white space and additional make-related syntax.

Mage lets you have multiple magefiles, name your magefiles whatever you want, and they're easy to customize for multiple operating systems. Mage has no dependencies (aside from go) and runs just fine on all major operating systems, whereas make generally uses bash which is not well supported on Windows. Go is superior to bash for any non-trivial task involving branching, looping, anything that's not just straight line execution of commands. And if your project is written in Go, why introduce another language as idiosyncratic as bash? Why not use the language your contributors are already comfortable with?


If you use mage and like it, or any of my other software, and you'd like to show your appreciation, you can do so on my patreon:


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