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Published: Oct 27, 2016 License: Apache-2.0


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An incomplete SoftLayer (SL) client API written in Go language.

Getting Started

The best way to get started would be to look at the integration tests for creating a virtual guest and the test helpers. Here is a snippet of what is needed.

//Add necessary imports, e.g., os, slclient, datatypes
// "os"
// slclient ""
// datatypes ""

//Access SoftLayer username and API key from environment variable or hardcode here
username := os.Getenv("SL_USERNAME")
apiKey := os.Getenv("SL_API_KEY")
//Create a softLayer-go client
client := slclient.NewSoftLayerClient(username, apiKey)

//Create a template for the virtual guest (changing properties as needed)
virtualGuestTemplate := datatypes.SoftLayer_Virtual_Guest_Template{
  Hostname:  "some-hostname",
	Domain:    "",
	StartCpus: 1,
	MaxMemory: 1024,
	Datacenter: datatypes.Datacenter{
		Name: "ams01",
	SshKeys:                      []SshKey{},  //or get the necessary keys and add here
	HourlyBillingFlag:            true,
	LocalDiskFlag:                true,
	OperatingSystemReferenceCode: "UBUNTU_LATEST",
//Get the SoftLayer virtual guest service
virtualGuestService, err := client.GetSoftLayer_Virtual_Guest_Service()
if err != nil {
  return err
//Create the virtual guest with the service
virtualGuest, err := virtualGuestService.CreateObject(virtualGuestTemplate)
if err != nil {
	return err
//Use the virtualGuest or other services...
Overview Presentations (*)


Cloning and Building

Clone this repo and build it. Using the following commands on a Linux or Mac OS X system:

$ mkdir -p softlayer-go/src/
$ export GOPATH=$(pwd)/softlayer-go:$GOPATH
$ cd softlayer-go/src/
$ git clone
$ cd softlayer-go
$ export
$ export SL_API_KEY=your-softlayer-api-key
$ ./bin/build
$ ./bin/test-unit
$ ./bin/test-integration

NOTE: you may need to install govendor on your system, if you have not already. You can with this one line command: $ go get

NOTE2: if you get any dependency errors, then use go get path/to/dependency to get it, e.g., go get and go get You also need to do govendor fetch package in order for any new or updated dependencies to be reflected into the vendor directory.

The executable output should now be located in: out/slgo. It does not do anything currently, expect printing a version number. In time this may change. For now, this project is intended to be a set of useful and reusable Golang libraries to access SoftLayer.

Running Tests

The SoftLayer (SL) Golang client and associated tests and binary distribution depend on you having a real SL account. Get one for free for one month here. From your SL account you can get an API key. Using your account name and API key you will need to set two environment variables: SL_USERNAME and SL_API_KEY. You can do so as follows:

$ export
$ export SL_API_KEY=your-softlayer-api-key

You should run the tests to make sure all is well, do this with: $ ./bin/test-unit and $ ./bin/test-integration in your cloned repository. Please note that the $ ./bin/test-integration will spin up real SoftLayer virtual guests (VMs) and associated resources and will also delete them. This integration test may take up to 30 minutes (usually shorter)

The output should of $ ./bin/test-unit be similar to:

➜  softlayer-go git:(master) bin/test-unit

 Cleaning build artifacts...

 Formatting packages...

 Unit Testing packages:
[1457666427] SoftLayer Client Suite - 14/14 specs - 4 nodes •••••••••••••• SUCCESS! 40.325961ms
[1457666427] Services Suite - 327/327 specs - 4 nodes ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• SUCCESS! 288.0041ms
[1457666427] Common Suite - 4/4 specs - 4 nodes •••• SUCCESS! 13.394673ms

Ginkgo ran 3 suites in 5.387042692s
Test Suite Passed

 Vetting packages for potential issues...


Developing (*)

  1. Check for existing stories on our public Tracker
  2. Select an unstarted story and work on code for it
  3. If the story you want to work on is not there then open an issue and ask for a new story to be created
  4. Run go get
  5. Run go get ... to install test dependencies (as you see errors)
  6. Write a Ginkgo test
  7. Run bin/test and watch the test fail
  8. Make the test pass
  9. Submit a pull request


  • We gratefully acknowledge and thank the current contributors
  • We welcome any and all contributions as Pull Requests (PR)
  • We also welcome issues and bug report and new feature request. We will address as time permits
  • Follow the steps above in Developing to get your system setup correctly
  • Please make sure your PR is passing Travis before submitting
  • Feel free to email me or the current collaborators if you have additional questions about contributions
  • Before submitting your first PR, please read and follow steps in
Managing dependencies

govendor Guide

Please find govendor FAQ in govendor FAQ

Current conventions

  • Basic Go conventions
  • Strict TDD for any code added or changed
  • Go fakes when needing to mock objects

(*) these items are in the works, we will remove the * once they are available

NOTE: this client is created to support the bosh-softlayer-cpi project and only implements the portion of the SL APIs needed to complete the implementation of the BOSH CPI. You are welcome to use it in your own projects and as you do if you find areas we have not yet implemented but that you need, please submit Pull Requests or engage with us in discussions.


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