Golang : Download file example

Continuing from previous tutorial on how to use http.Get() function, in this tutorial, we will learn how to download/get file from another server via the http.Get() function and save the content into a file.

This program will

  • figure out the filename to be created based on the given URL

  • check if there is redirection and handle it

  • report the Get status

  • save the content to a file

  • print out the bytes downloaded.


 package main

 import (

 func main() {
 fmt.Println("Downloading file...")

 rawURL := "https://d1ohg4ss876yi2.cloudfront.net/golang-resize-image/big.jpg"

 fileURL, err := url.Parse(rawURL)

 if err != nil {

 path := fileURL.Path

 segments := strings.Split(path, "/")

 fileName := segments[2] // change the number to accommodate changes to the url.Path position 

 file, err := os.Create(fileName)

 if err != nil {
 defer file.Close()

 check := http.Client{
 CheckRedirect: func(r *http.Request, via []*http.Request) error {
 r.URL.Opaque = r.URL.Path
 return nil

 resp, err := check.Get(rawURL) // add a filter to check redirect

 if err != nil {
 defer resp.Body.Close()

 size, err := io.Copy(file, resp.Body)

 if err != nil {

 fmt.Printf("%s with %v bytes downloaded", fileName, size)

Output :

Downloading file...

200 OK

big.jpg with 150042 bytes downloaded

References :

Golang http.Get example

Get URI segments by number and assign as variable example

  See also : Golang : http.Get example

By Adam Ng

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