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Run a Go app

In this guide we create and deploy a simple Go-based HTTP web server. To run this example, follow these steps:

  1. Install the kraft CLI tool and a container runtime engine, e.g. Docker.

  2. Clone the examples repository and cd into the examples/http-go1.21/ directory:

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git clone
cd examples/http-go1.21/

Make sure to log into KraftCloud by setting your token and a metro close to you. We use fra0 (Frankfurt, 🇩🇪) in this guide:

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# Set KraftCloud access token
# Set metro to Frankfurt, DE

When done, invoke the following command to deploy this application on KraftCloud:

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kraft cloud deploy -p 443:8080 .

The output shows the instance URL and other details:

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[] Deployed successfully!
────────── name: http-go121-9a2wv
────────── uuid: 8bb34040-9434-4a28-bd1e-c24ee532e2da
───────── state: running
─────────── url:
───────── image: http-go121@sha256:b16d61bb7898e764d8c11ab5a0b995e8c25a25b5ff89e161fc994ebf25a75680
───── boot time: 11.05 ms
──────── memory: 128 MiB
service group: red-dew-jtk6yxk1
── private fqdn: http-go121-9a2wv.internal
──── private ip:
────────── args: /server

In this case, the instance name is http-go121-9a2wv and the URL is They are different for each run.

Use curl to query the KraftCloud instance of the Lua-based HTTP web server:

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hello, world!

At any point in time, you can list information about the instance:

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kraft cloud instance list
http-go121-9a2wv running 1 minute ago alex/http-go121@sha256:b16d61bb7898e764d... 128 MiB 9324us

When done, you can remove the instance:

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kraft cloud instance delete http-go121-9a2wv

Customize your Application

To customize the application, update the files in the repository, listed below:

  • server.go: the actual Go HTTP server
  • Kraftfile: the KraftCloud specification
  • Dockerfile: the Docker-specified application filesystem
package main
import (
func hello(w http.ResponseWriter, req *http.Request) {
fmt.Fprintf(w, "hello, world!\n")
func main() {
http.HandleFunc("/", hello)
fmt.Println("Listening on :8080...")
http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil)

The following options are available for customizing the application:

  • If only updating the implementation in the server.go source file, no other change is required.

  • If new files are added, these have to be copied in the application filesystem, using the COPY command in the Dockerfile.

  • If new source code files are added, they have to be built using the corresponding go build command.

  • If a new executable is built, update the cmd line in the Kraftfile and replace /server with the path to the new executable.

  • More extensive changes may require expanding the Dockerfile with additional Dockerfile commands.

Learn More

Use the --help option for detailed information on using KraftCloud:

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kraft cloud --help

Or visit the CLI Reference.