Matt Pearring and Alex Rakoczy
16 August 2021
Today the Go team is thrilled to release Go 1.17, which you can get by visiting the
This release brings additional improvements to the compiler, namely a
new way of passing function arguments and results.
This change has shown about a 5% performance improvement in Go programs and reduction in binary
sizes of around 2% for amd64 platforms. Support for more platforms will come in future releases.
Go 1.17 also adds support for the
64-bit ARM architecture on Windows, letting gophers run
Go natively on more devices.
We’ve also introduced pruned module graphs in this
release. Modules that specify go 1.17 or higher in their go.mod file will have their module graphs
include only the immediate dependencies of other Go 1.17 modules, not their full transitive
dependencies. This should help avoid the need to download or read go.mod files for otherwise
irrelevant dependencies—saving time in everyday development.
Go 1.17 comes with three small changes to the language.
The first two are new functions in the unsafe package to make it simpler for programs to conform
to the unsafe.Pointer rules: unsafe.Add allows for
safer pointer arithmetic, while unsafe.Slice allows for
safer conversions of pointers to slices. The third change is
an extension to the language type conversion rules to allow conversions from
slices to array pointers,
provided the slice is at least as large as the array at runtime.
Finally there are quite a few other improvements and bug fixes, including verification improvements
to crypto/x509, and alterations to
URL query parsing. For a complete list of changes and
more information about the improvements above, see the
full release notes.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this release by writing code, filing bugs, sharing feedback,
and testing the beta and release candidates. Your efforts helped to ensure that Go 1.17 is as stable
as possible. As always, if you notice any problems, please
file an issue.
We hope you enjoy the new release!