A simple configmanager program for assigning values to variables from a custom config file | Golang

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·Mar 29, 2021·

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GitHub Repo - configmanager

This program configmanager reads a configuration file (.conf) and assigns values to a struct defined by the user. This comes in handy when you want to assign some variables in golang program from a custom configuration file. The process is simple: import configmanager, create your struct with exported fields, create a `.conffile or adefault.conffile in PWD, define the variables in the config file, pass the struct reference toAssignConfigurationmethod inconfigmanager`; you are good to go.

Configuration File Format

  • Comments shall start with #

    # this is a comment
    Val = 5 # this is a comment
  • All variables in the configuration file must start with Caps Letter

  • Variable must be defined with a field name and a value separated with =

  • If a variable is defined multiple times in a single configuration file, the bottom-most value of the corresponding variable is assigned

Struct Definition

Each field of the user-defined struct shall be exported (First letter must be in caps), so that the same can be accessed by configmanager program to assign values to struct fields from config file.

Following types are supported for struct fields:

  • int64
  • float64
  • string
  • bool
type config struct {
    Val1 int64
    Val2 string
    Val3 bool
    Val4 float64

configmanager usage

let's first create a file main.go . Import configmanager from GitHub. We define a struct config with four fields: Val1, Val2, Val3, Val4.

package main

import (

type config struct {
    Val1 int64
    Val2 string
    Val3 bool
    val4 float64

func main() {
    c := config{}

    fmt.Printf("%+v\n", c)


AssignConfiguration method takes the reference of struct variable, and then the fields will be assigned with the values from the config file.

Now create a config file default.conf in the present directory.

Note: Alternatively, *.conf file can be created anywhere in the system and the same can be specified while running your program passing arguments as mentioned in Notes below.

# file: ./default.conf

Val1 = 40
Val2 = hello
Val3 = true
Val4 = 80.7

Now, run the following command:

$ go run main.go

Output: {Val1:40 Val2:hello Val3:true Val4:80.7}


Alternatively, the config file location can be specified using arguments with "--config-file-path" or "-f" and with path of config file.

$ go run main.go --config-file-path <path of config file>
$ go run main.go -f <path of config file>

In case no config-file is specified, the configmanager program will search for default.conf file in the present working directory.

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