Welcome to Go-HEP

Go-HEP is a set of libraries and applications allowing physicists from High Energy Physicis (HEP) to write efficient analysis code in the Go programming language.

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Go brings the fast edit-compile-run cycle that interpreted language users know and the runtime efficiency that compiled languages users expect. Go-HEP provides the needed HEP oriented packages on top of this concurrency-enabled language.

Go-HEP currently sports the following packages:


Writing analyses in HEP involves many steps and one needs a few tools to successfully carry out such an endeavour. But – at minima – one needs to be able to read (and possibly write) ROOT files to be able to interoperate with the rest of the HEP community or to insert one’s work into an already existing analysis pipeline.

Go-HEP provides this necessary interoperability layer, in the Go programming language. This allows physicists to leverage the great concurrency primitives of Go, together with the surrounding tooling and software engineering ecosystem of Go, to implement physics analyses.


Go-HEP packages are installable via the go get command:

$ go get go-hep.org/x/hep/fads

Just select the package you are interested in and go get will take care of fetching, building and installing it, as well as its dependencies, recursively.

go-hep is available on all Go supported platforms, mainly:

  • linux-{amd64,386,arm,arm64,mips,mips32,...}
  • darwin-{amd64,386,...}
  • windows-{amd64,386,...}
  • freebsd-{amd64,386,...}


All go-hep code is released under a BSD-3 license.

Authors and Contributors

go-hep was primarily written by Sebastien Binet (@sbinet). The complete CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS list can be consulted on the dedicated license repository.

Support or Contact

Having trouble with Go-HEP?

Check out the documentation:

You can also contact us at go-hep@googlegroups.com and we’ll help you sort it out.

The main mailing list for go-hep is hosted on googlegroups. You can subscribe to the forum without having a GMail account, by just sending a mail to go-hep+subscribe@googlegroups.com with subscribe as a subject.


The go-hep logo was made by Tom Ingebretsen from the Noun Project.