Announcing Go modules support

Good news for Gophers: Dependabot can now keep your go.mod and go.sum files up to date 🎉

Dependabot Go

Here's how it works:

  • Dependabot looks for a go.mod and (optionally) a go.sum in your repo, pulls them down and parses them.
  • Dependabot checks each dependency for updates by looking at its source repo and checking whether any available updates are resolvable.
  • Dependabot creates individual PRs for each of your outdated dependencies. Each PR will contain links to the relevant changelog, release notes and commits.

Hot on the heels of launching support for Dep, we wanted to add support for Go modules (formerly known as vgo) as quickly as possible, so have released it in alpha.

As such, there are a couple of caveats you should be aware of:

  • We'll only upgrade minor and patch versions for the time being. Go modules comply with Semantic Import Versioning, which basically means the major version must be in the import path (e.g. Under this scheme, to upgrade to a new major version, we would need to rewrite imports across your project to point to the new path. As we currently only pull down the go.mod and go.sum rather than cloning the whole repository, this isn't practical for us to do right now.
  • We don't update pseudo-versions, yet. In this initial release, we'll only upgrade semver-compatible versions. Support for upgrading pseudo-versions that point to a specific commit will follow shortly.

We'd love your help to get Dependabot's Go support perfect. If you have any suggestions, or if you experience any issues, please don't hesitate to let us know!


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