Install Buffalo

In this chapter, you'll learn how to install Buffalo, either from pre-built binaries or from source.

Buffalo provides two major components:

  • The buffalo tool, a powerful toolbox to help you develop in a fast and efficient way.
  • The buffalo framework, a collection of pieces to construct your app.

Buffalo is currently available and tested on the following platforms:

  • GNU/Linux
  • Mac OSX
  • Windows


Before installing make sure you have the required dependencies installed:

Frontend Requirements

The following requirements are optional. You don't need them if you want to build an API or if you prefer to build your app in an old-fashioned way.

Database Specific Requirements

Again, if you don't need a database, you won't need these.

Installation from a release archive - 64 bits

The release packages contain Buffalo without SQLite support.

Since v0.10.3, pre-compiled archives are provided with each release. If you don't need the latest cutting-edge version, you'll probably prefer to install this version.

GNU / Linux

$ wget
$ tar -xvzf buffalo_0.15.0_linux_amd64.tar.gz
$ sudo mv buffalo /usr/local/bin/buffalo


$ curl -OL
$ tar -xvzf buffalo_0.15.0_darwin_amd64.tar.gz
$ sudo mv buffalo /usr/local/bin/buffalo
# or if you have ~/bin folder setup in the environment PATH variable
$ mv buffalo ~/bin/buffalo

Scoop (Windows)

Buffalo can be installed using the Scoop package manager:

PS C:\> scoop install buffalo

Homebrew (macOS)

On macOS, you can also install Buffalo with Homebrew. After you have Homebrew installed, you can easily install Buffalo:

brew install gobuffalo/tap/buffalo

GoFish (Cross-Platforms)

GoFish is a cross-platform systems package manager, that works across Windows, MacOSX and Linux.

After you have GoFish installed, you can very simply install Buffalo:

$ gofish install buffalo
==> Installing buffalo...
🐠  buffalo 0.15.0: installed in 3.223672926s

Custom installation with SQLite3 Support

SQLite 3 requires a GCC, or equivalent C compiler for mattn/go-sqlite3 to compile. You must have a GCC installed first before installing Buffalo.

To install Buffalo, ensure your GOPATH is defined, then:

$ go get -u -v -tags sqlite

Windows Users: Follow the installation guide at to install a GCC for Windows 10. Alternatively, GCC can be installed with the Scoop package manager:

PS C:\> scoop install gcc

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

Custom installation without SQLite3 Support

$ go get -u -v

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

Verify your installation

You can check if your installation is working, by executing the buffalo command in a terminal/command prompt:

$ buffalo
Helps you build your Buffalo applications that much easier!

  buffalo [command]

Available Commands:
  build       Builds a Buffalo binary, including bundling of assets (packr & webpack)
  db          A tasty treat for all your database needs
  destroy     Allows to destroy generated code.
  dev         Runs your Buffalo app in 'development' mode
  generate    A collection of generators to make life easier
  help        Help about any command
  info        Prints off diagnostic information useful for debugging.
  new         Creates a new Buffalo application
  setup       Setups a newly created, or recently checked out application.
  task        Runs your grift tasks
  test        Runs the tests for your Buffalo app
  update      will attempt to upgrade a Buffalo application to version v0.15.0
  version     Print the version number of buffalo

  -h, --help   help for buffalo

Use "buffalo [command] --help" for more information about a command.

If you have a similar output, your Buffalo toolbox is ready to work!

Next Steps