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Published: Jul 30, 2020 | License: Apache-2.0 | Module:



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The Go implementation of gRPC: A high performance, open source, general RPC framework that puts mobile and HTTP/2 first. For more information see the Go gRPC docs, or jump directly into the quick start.



With Go module support (Go 1.11+), simply add the following import

import ""

to your code, and then go [build|run|test] will automatically fetch the necessary dependencies.

Otherwise, to install the grpc-go package, run the following command:

$ go get -u

Note: If you are trying to access grpc-go from China, see the FAQ below.

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I/O Timeout Errors

The domain may be blocked from some countries. go get usually produces an error like the following when this happens:

$ go get -u
package unrecognized import path "" (https fetch: Get dial tcp i/o timeout)

To build Go code, there are several options:

  • Set up a VPN and access through that.

  • Without Go module support: git clone the repo manually:

  git clone $GOPATH/src/

You will need to do the same for all of grpc’s dependencies in, e.g.

  • With Go module support: it is possible to use the replace feature of go mod to create aliases for packages. In your project’s directory:
  go mod edit
  go mod tidy
  go mod vendor
  go build -mod=vendor

Again, this will need to be done for all transitive dependencies hosted on as well. For details, refer to golang/go issue #28652.

Compiling error, undefined: grpc.SupportPackageIsVersion

If you are using Go modules:

Ensure your gRPC-Go version is required at the appropriate version in the same module containing the generated .pb.go files. For example, SupportPackageIsVersion6 needs v1.27.0, so in your go.mod file:

module <your module name>

require ( v1.27.0

If you are not using Go modules:

Update the proto package, gRPC package, and rebuild the .proto files:

go get -u{proto,protoc-gen-go}
go get -u
protoc --go_out=plugins=grpc:. *.proto

How to turn on logging

The default logger is controlled by environment variables. Turn everything on like this:


The RPC failed with error "code = Unavailable desc = transport is closing"

This error means the connection the RPC is using was closed, and there are many possible reasons, including: 1. mis-configured transport credentials, connection failed on handshaking 1. bytes disrupted, possibly by a proxy in between 1. server shutdown 1. Keepalive parameters caused connection shutdown, for example if you have configured your server to terminate connections regularly to trigger DNS lookups. If this is the case, you may want to increase your MaxConnectionAgeGrace, to allow longer RPC calls to finish.

It can be tricky to debug this because the error happens on the client side but the root cause of the connection being closed is on the server side. Turn on logging on both client and server, and see if there are any transport errors.