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You can install the pre-compiled binary (in several different ways), use Docker or compile from source.

Here are the steps for each of them:

Install the pre-compiled binary

homebrew tap:

brew install goreleaser/tap/goreleaser

homebrew (may not be the latest version):

brew install goreleaser


sudo snap install --classic goreleaser


scoop bucket add goreleaser
scoop install goreleaser


Download the .deb, .rpm or .apk from the releases page and install them with the appropriate tools.

shell script:

curl -sfL | sh

go install:

go install


Download the pre-compiled binaries from the releases page and copy to the desired location.

Running with Docker

You can also use it within a Docker container. To do that, you'll need to execute something more-or-less like the following:

docker run --rm --privileged \
  -v $PWD:/go/src/ \
  -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
  -w /go/src/ \
  goreleaser/goreleaser release


Currently, the provided docker image does not support the generation of snapcraft packages.

Note that the image will almost always have the last stable Go version.

The DOCKER_REGISTRY environment variable can be left empty when you are releasing to the public docker registry.

If you need more things, you are encouraged to keep your own image. You can always use GoReleaser's own Dockerfile as an example though and iterate from that.

Compiling from source

Here you have two options:

If you want to contribute to the project, please follow the steps on our contributing guide.

If you just want to build from source for whatever reason, follow these steps:


git clone
cd goreleaser

get the dependencies:

go mod tidy


go build -o goreleaser .

verify it works:

./goreleaser --version