Get Started

It is trivial to get started using gobash, because it only adds to the knowledge you already have about shell programming. Also, it does not require any special setup, because everything is pure bash.

There are two modes in which gobash can be used: (a) as a library, or (b) as a tool. Most of the examples below use gobash as a library (i.e., source gobash into a script and use available functions). There is a separate section to describe using gobash as a tool.

We will use several examples in this section to get you started.

Prepare Environment

Create a space for trying gobash:

mkdir space
cd space

Clone the gobash repository:

git clone

Alternatively, you can avoid cloning the repo and directly source the library in your bash script:

source /dev/stdin <<< "$(curl 2>/dev/null)"

Now, we are ready to run some examples.

Collection Example

Write your first script (let’s call it s) that uses gobash. The example below “imports” the entire gobash library and uses the List collection for storing values.

. gobash/gobash

# Instantiate a list and add two elements.
$lst add 55
$lst add 100

# Get the length of the list.
$lst len
# Output: 2

# Print the list (default print is in the json format).
$lst to_string
# Output:
# [
#   "55",
#   "100"
# ]

Struct Example

In the following example (, we introduce a struct for a 2D point, set/get values, and write a function to add two points.

. gobash/gobash

function Point() {
        make_ $FUNCNAME \
              "x" "$1" \
              "y" "$2"

function point_add() {
        local p1="${1}"
        local p2="${2}"

        local x=$(( $($p1 x) + $($p2 x) ))
        local y=$(( $($p1 y) + $($p2 y) ))
        local p3=$(Point "${x}" "${y}")
        echo "$p3"

p1=$(Point 3 4)
p2=$(Point 8 9)
p3=$(point_add "$p1" "$p2")
$p3 to_string
# Output:
# {
#   "x": "11",
#   "y": "13"
# }

Test Example

This example illustrates a way to write tests using gobash’s testing package. The tests can be executed with the gobash tool.

We will extend the previous example to add tests ( for the function point_add.



function test_point() {
        p1=$(Point 3 4)
        p2=$(Point 8 9)
        p3=$(point_add "$p1" "$p2")
        assert_ze $?
        assert_eq 11 $($p3 x)
        assert_eq 13 $($p3 y)

Tests can be run with the following command:

./gobash test --paths --verbose

The output of this execution will look like this:

    test_point start
    test_point PASSED
  ./ 1[sec]
Tests run: 1, failed: 0, skipped: 0.
Total time: 1[sec]

Further Reading

There are a number of other examples that illustrate gobash in the examples directory. If you like learning by examples, that is the best place to go next. If you prefer to read higher level documentation, then check Language Features.