Getting Started


Before installing make sure you have the required dependencies installed:

Basic Installation:

These instructions can also be used for upgrading to a newer version of Buffalo.

# download the libraries
$ go get -u -v
# install the binary
$ go install -v

Generating a New Project

Buffalo aims to make building new web applications in Go as quick and simple as possible, and what could be more simple than a new application generator? Start by going to your $GOPATH and create your new application!

$ cd $GOPATH/src/$USER/
$ # Make sure $GOPATH/bin is in your $PATH, then:
$ buffalo new

That will generate a whole new Buffalo application that is ready to go. It'll even run go get for you to make sure you have all of the necessary dependencies needed to run your application.

$ buffalo new coke
Buffalo version 0.9.2

--> go get -u --> go install --> go get -u --> go install --> go get -u --> go install --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> npm init -y --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> go get --> go install --> database.yml --> $GOPATH/src/ --> $GOPATH/src/ --> dep init --> goimports -w coke/actions/actions_test.go coke/actions/app.go coke/actions/home.go coke/actions/home_test.go coke/actions/render.go coke/grifts/routes.go coke/grifts/seed.go coke/main.go coke/models/models.go coke/models/models_test.go Congratulations! Your application, coke, has been successfully built!

You can find your new application at: $GOPATH/src/

Please read the file in your new application for next steps on running your application.

To see a list of available flags for the new command, just check out its help.

$ buffalo help new
Creates a new Buffalo application

Usage: buffalo new [name] [flags]


  --api                  skip all front-end code and configure for an API server
  --ci-provider string   specify the type of ci file you would like buffalo to generate \[none, travis, gitlab-ci] (default "none")
  --db-type string       specify the type of database you want to use \[postgres, mysql, sqlite3] (default "postgres")
  --docker string        specify the type of Docker file to generate \[none, multi, standard] (default "multi")

-f, --force delete and remake if the app already exists -h, --help help for new

  --skip-dep             skips adding to your app
  --skip-pop             skips adding pop/soda to your app
  --skip-webpack         skips adding Webpack to your app

-v, --verbose verbosely print out the go get/install commands

  --with-yarn            allows the use of yarn instead of npm as dependency manager

Note: by default, Buffalo generates a database.yml targeted for postgres. If you wish to change this behavior, you can pass in a --db-type flag into the new command.

$ buffalo new coke --db-type sqlite3

If your app doesn't need a database, or if you want to handle it by yourself, you can use the --skip-pop flag.

$ buffalo new coke --skip-pop

Running Your Application in Development

Before starting Buffalo for the first time, please head over to the Database docs and read a little bit about setting up your databases.

One of the downsides to Go development is the lack of code "reloading". This means as you change your code you need to manually stop your application, rebuild it, and then restart it. Buffalo finds this is annoying, and wants to make life better for you.

$ buffalo dev

The dev command will watch your .go and .html files and the asset folder by default. It will rebuild and restart your binary for you automatically so you don't have to worry about such things.

Just run the buffalo dev command and go to localhost:3000/ to see all changes live!

Building Your Application

Buffalo features a command, build, that will build a full binary of your application including, but not limited to; assets, migrations, templates, etc... If you buy into the "Buffalo Way" things just work. It's a wonderful experience. :)

$ buffalo build

Buffalo version 0.9.2

--> cleaning up target dir --> running node_modules/.bin/webpack --> packing .../coke/actions/actions-packr.go --> running go build -v -o bin/gobuffalo -ldflags -X main.version=b5dffda -X main.buildTime="2017-03-20T11:05:23-04:00" --> cleaning up build ----> cleaning up buffalo_build_main.go ----> cleaning up a ----> cleaning up a/a.go ----> cleaning up a/database.go ----> cleaning up buffalo_build_main.go ----> cleaning up ...coke/actions/actions-packr.go

See Building for more options on the build command.