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Installing SciPipe

Installing SciPipe means first installing the Go programming langauge, and then using Go's go get command to install the SciPipe library. After this, you will be able to use Go's go run command to run SciPipe workflows.

Install Go

Install Go by following the instructions on this page, for your operating system.

Install SciPipe

There are two main ways of installing SciPipe, one which is maximally easy, and one which is recommended if you want to make sure that your workflow will never break because of API changes in SciPipe, and that you always have a copy of the SciPipe source code available.

Easiest: Using go get

The easiest way to intsall SciPipe is by using the go get tool in the Go tool chain. To install scipipe with go get, run the following command in your terminal:

go get

N.B: Don't miss the ..., as otherwise the scipipe helper tool will not be installed.

For maximum future proofing: Use a copy of SciPipe's source code in your own code

In order to make sure that your workflow will never break because of API changes in SciPipe, and that you always have a copy of the SciPipe source code available, we recommend to always include a copy of the SciPipe source code in your workflow's source code repository. The SciPipe source code is only around 1500 lines of code, with no external dependencies except Go and Bash, so this should not increase the size of your repository too much.

A simple way to do this, is to clone a copy of the SciPipe source code into a folder structure that looks like this, under your main workflow code folder (where you store your own .go files):


To create and clone the scipipe repo to this folder, you can use these commands:

mkdir -p vendor/src/
cd vendor/src/
git clone

Initialize a new workflow file

Now, you should be able to write code like in the example below, in files ending with .go.

The easiest way to get started is to let the scipipe tool generate a starting point for you:

scipipe new myfirstworkflow.go

... which you can then edit to your liking.

Run your workflow

To run a .go file, use go run:

go run myfirstworkflow.go

Some tips about editors

In order to be productive with SciPipe, you will also need a Go editor or IDE with support for auto-completion, sometimes also called "intellisense".

We can warmly recommend to use one of these editors, sorted by level of endorsement:

  1. Visual Studio Code with the Go plugin - If you want a very powerful almost IDE-like editor
  2. The vim-go plugin by Fatih - if you are a Vim power-user, or need a terminal-only complement to VSCode.
  3. JetBrain's GoLand IDE, if you are ready to pay for maximum code intelligence in a professional IDE.
  4. LiteIDE - if you want a simple, robust and fast standalone Go-editor.

There are also popular Go-plugins for Sublime text, Atom and IntelliJ IDEA, and an upcoming Go IDE from JetBrains, called