Use a MySQL Database Connection With Golang Using a Simple Driver.

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MySQL is one of the most well-known and well-used database technologies available to developers at the present point in time.

MySQL has a massive community around it, and it’s quite possibly powering half the web as the main database technology for WordPress.

It’s incredibly easy to spin up a MySQL instance locally, and thus it’s perfect for building some decent applications on top of.

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  • You will need Go version 1.11+ installed on your development machine.

Getting Started

To do this, we’ll be using as our MySQL driver. Go-SQL-Driver are a lightweight and fast MySQL driver that supports connections over TCP/IPv4, TCP/IPv6, Unix domain sockets Or custom protocols and features automatic handling of broken connections.

Let’s create a new project:

package main
import (
_ ""
func main() {
db, err := sql.Open("mysql", "username:password@tcp(")
if err != nil {
defer db.Close()

In the import section, we import the MySQL driver from Github. In the main func we see a new variable is created called db and err which gets initialized by opening a database connection.

Arguments help to determine to which database will be connected, the database type is mysql You can enter your username and password and even your IP and port. After the / name of the database is put.

Once an error occurs, it will be logged, and if the task completed successfully, the connection would be closed with defer db.Close() .

Basic SQL Commands

Now that we’ve created a connection, we need to start submitting queries to the database.

db.Query(sql) It allows us to perform any SQL command we so desire. We can simply construct the query string and pass it in as a parameter.

insert, err := db.Query("INSERT INTO test VALUES ( 2, 'TEST' )")
// if there is an error inserting, handle it
if err != nil {
// be careful deferring Queries if you are using transactions
defer insert.Close()

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Filling Structs from Results

Retrieving a set of results from the database is all well and good, but we need to be able to read these results or populating existing structs so that we can parse them and modify them easily.

To parse several rows, we can use the .Scan(args...) the method which takes in any number of arguments and allows us to populate a composite object.

An example of a very simple struct :

type User struct {
ID int `json:"id"`
Name string `json:"name"`

To fill it with results:

for results.Next() {
var user User

err = results.Scan(&user.ID, &user.Name)
if err != nil {

With this simple for loop, we’ll loop through the results and create a user variable of the type User . After that an err the variable gets initialized by scanning through the results and putting them in that user variable.

Now you can use that data and manipulate it, or view it, display it or do anything you like.


In this tutorial, we managed to set up a connection to a MySQL and then perform some simple queries to that database and marshal the returned responses into a struct or an array of structs. This should hopefully give you everything you need to take things further and build your own Go applications on top of MySQL.

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