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.NET LINQ capabilities in Go

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A powerful language integrated query (LINQ) library for Go.

  • Written in vanilla Go, no dependencies!
  • Complete lazy evaluation with iterator pattern
  • Safe for concurrent use
  • Supports generic functions to make your code cleaner and free of type assertions
  • Supports arrays, slices, maps, strings, channels and custom collections


When used with Go modules, use the following import path:

go get github.com/ahmetb/go-linq/v3

Older versions of Go using different dependency management tools can use the following import path to prevent breaking API changes:

go get gopkg.in/ahmetb/go-linq.v3


Usage is as easy as chaining methods like:

From(slice) .Where(predicate) .Select(selector) .Union(data)

Example 1: Find all owners of cars manufactured after 2015

import . "github.com/ahmetb/go-linq/v3"

type Car struct {
    year int
    owner, model string


var owners []string

From(cars).Where(func(c interface{}) bool {
	return c.(Car).year >= 2015
}).Select(func(c interface{}) interface{} {
	return c.(Car).owner

Or, you can use generic functions, like WhereT and SelectT to simplify your code (at a performance penalty):

var owners []string

From(cars).WhereT(func(c Car) bool {
	return c.year >= 2015
}).SelectT(func(c Car) string {
	return c.owner

Example 2: Find the author who has written the most books

import . "github.com/ahmetb/go-linq/v3"

type Book struct {
	id      int
	title   string
	authors []string

author := From(books).SelectMany( // make a flat array of authors
	func(book interface{}) Query {
		return From(book.(Book).authors)
	}).GroupBy( // group by author
	func(author interface{}) interface{} {
		return author // author as key
	}, func(author interface{}) interface{} {
		return author // author as value
	}).OrderByDescending( // sort groups by its length
	func(group interface{}) interface{} {
		return len(group.(Group).Group)
	}).Select( // get authors out of groups
	func(group interface{}) interface{} {
		return group.(Group).Key
	}).First() // take the first author

Example 3: Implement a custom method that leaves only values greater than the specified threshold

type MyQuery Query

func (q MyQuery) GreaterThan(threshold int) Query {
	return Query{
		Iterate: func() Iterator {
			next := q.Iterate()

			return func() (item interface{}, ok bool) {
				for item, ok = next(); ok; item, ok = next() {
					if item.(int) > threshold {


result := MyQuery(Range(1,10)).GreaterThan(5).Results()

Generic Functions

Although Go doesn't implement generics, with some reflection tricks, you can use go-linq without typing interface{}s and type assertions. This will introduce a performance penalty (5x-10x slower) but will yield in a cleaner and more readable code.

Methods with T suffix (such as WhereT) accept functions with generic types. So instead of

.Select(func(v interface{}) interface{} {...})

you can type:

.SelectT(func(v YourType) YourOtherType {...})

This will make your code free of interface{} and type assertions.

Example 4: "MapReduce" in a slice of string sentences to list the top 5 most used words using generic functions

var results []string

	// split sentences to words
	SelectManyT(func(sentence string) Query {
		return From(strings.Split(sentence, " "))
	// group the words
		func(word string) string { return word },
		func(word string) string { return word },
	// order by count
	OrderByDescendingT(func(wordGroup Group) int {
		return len(wordGroup.Group)
	// order by the word
	ThenByT(func(wordGroup Group) string {
		return wordGroup.Key.(string)
	Take(5).  // take the top 5
	// project the words using the index as rank
	SelectIndexedT(func(index int, wordGroup Group) string {
		return fmt.Sprintf("Rank: #%d, Word: %s, Counts: %d", index+1, wordGroup.Key, len(wordGroup.Group))

More examples can be found in the documentation.

Release Notes

v3.2.0 (2020-12-29)
* Added FromChannelT().
* Added DefaultIfEmpty().

v3.1.0 (2019-07-09)
* Support for Go modules
* Added IndexOf()/IndexOfT().

v3.0.0 (2017-01-10)
* Breaking change: ToSlice() now overwrites existing slice starting
  from index 0 and grows/reslices it as needed.
* Generic methods support (thanks @cleitonmarx!)
  - Accepting parametrized functions was originally proposed in #26
  - You can now avoid type assertions and interface{}s
  - Functions with generic methods are named as "MethodNameT" and
    signature for the existing LINQ methods are unchanged.
* Added ForEach(), ForEachIndexed() and AggregateWithSeedBy().

v2.0.0 (2016-09-02)
* IMPORTANT: This release is a BREAKING CHANGE. The old version
  is archived at the 'archive/0.9' branch or the 0.9 tags.
* A COMPLETE REWRITE of go-linq with better performance and memory
  efficiency. (thanks @kalaninja!)
* API has significantly changed. Most notably:
  - linq.T removed in favor of interface{}
  - library methods no longer return errors
  - PLINQ removed for now (see channels support)
  - support for channels, custom collections and comparables

* GroupBy()

* bugfix: All() iterating over values instead of indices

* bugfix: modifying result slice affects subsequent query methods

* removed FirstOrNil, LastOrNil, ElementAtOrNil methods

* slice-accepting methods accept slices of any type with reflections

* parallel linq (plinq) implemented
* Queryable separated into Query & ParallelQuery
* fixed early termination for All

* many linq methods are implemented
* methods have error handling support
* type assertion limitations are unresolved
* travis-ci.org build integrated
* open sourced on github, master & dev branches
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