Go + Heroku = ♥ : Make API in Heroku

I drafted this tutorial on my old blog but as I have mentioned, it is terminated and… Goodbye. Fortunately, I keep this step by step in my *private* repository readme. It’s kinda short since I was documenting each step quickly. Please inform me if the step is incomplete as I just copied it and haven’t check it again.

The scope of this tutorial is making REST API with Go, PostgreSQL and host it in Heroku.

Don’t forget to set GOPATH:

$GOPATH: C:/Go or /home/gopkg

Make $GOPATH/src/ternaku-api main.go

package main

import (


func Index(c **gin.Context) {
    c.String(http.StatusOK, "Ternaku API (c) Mobile AppDev Ristek 2016")

func main() {
    port := os.Getenv("PORT")
    if port == "" {
        log.Fatal("$PORT not set")

    router := gin.New()

    router.GET("/", Index)

    router.Run(":" + port)


$ go install ./...
$ PORT=5000 $GOPATH/bin/ternaku-api

we’ll add it to git:

$ git commit 
$ git add -A
$ git commit -m "initial commit"

Because I want to push this to my repo (oops sorry it’s private),

$ git remote add origin https://gitlab.com/pnteresa/ternaku-api.git
$ git push origin master

Heroku needs Procfile. Create Procfile file:


web: ternaku-api

Add to git

$ git add Procfile
$ git commit -m "added Procfile"

Install Godep (Heroku needs it too zzzz)

$ go get -u github.com/tools/godep

Everytime we add dependencies, don’t forget to:

$ godep save -r ./...

(do it now, btw)


If godep not found:

export GOBIN=$GOPATH/bin
godep save -r ./...

Add to git

$ git add -A Godeps
$ git commit -m Godeps

Now let’s create the Heroku app!

$ heroku create -b https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-go.git
Creating app... done, stack is cedar-14
Setting buildpack to https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-go.git... done
https://evening-hamlet-19910.herokuapp.com/ | https://git.heroku.com/evening-hamlet-19910.git


Push push push to heroku

$ git push heroku master
Counting objects: 103, done.
Delta compression using up to 4 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (94/94), done.
Writing objects: 100% (103/103), 171.31 KiB | 0 bytes/s, done.
Total 103 (delta 7), reused 0 (delta 0)
remote: Compressing source files... done.
remote: Building source:
remote: -----> Fetching set buildpack https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-go.git... done
remote: -----> Go app detected
remote: -----> Checking Godeps/Godeps.json file.
remote: -----> Installing go1.5.3... done
remote: -----> Running: godep go install -tags heroku ./...
remote: -----> Discovering process types
remote:        Procfile declares types -> (none)
remote: -----> Compressing...
remote:        Done: 2.9M
remote: -----> Launching...
remote:        Released v3
remote:        https://evening-hamlet-19910.herokuapp.com/ deployed to Heroku
remote: Verifying deploy.... done.
To https://git.heroku.com/evening-hamlet-19910.git
 ** [new branch]      master -> master


If you get Application Error and heroku logs --tail shows No web processes running, run:

heroku scale web=1



We’ll try to make a Ternak & Ternaks class (omg what’s the name, this is Java lol)


package main

import (
type Ternak struct {
    Id           int    `json:"id"`
    IdJenis      int    `json:"id_jenis"`
    IdPeternak   int    `json:"id_peternak"`
    Bobot        int    `json:"bobot"`
    TanggalLahir time.Time  `json:"tanggal_lahir"`
    IsJantan     bool   `json:"is_jantan"`
    Harga        int    `json:"harga"`
    Keterangan   string `json:"keterangan"`

type Ternaks []Ternak

Duh ntaran. Now create PostgreSQL db

$ heroku addons:create heroku-postgresql:hobby-dev

hobby-dev: the plan. I’m broke af


If we read the config:

$ heroku config -s

If you don’t have DATABASE_URL, upgrade with:

$ heroku pg:promote WHAT_CONTAINS_POSTGRES

See the info with: $ heroku pg


To connect to db:

$ heroku pg:psql

Readreadread: https://devcenter.heroku.com/categories/go https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/heroku-postgresql#connecting-in-go


  1. I changed /etc/postgresql/9.3/main/pg_hba.conf local postgres peer to local postgres trust so I can change psql password (which I don’t have before)
  2. sudo service postgresql restart
  3. psql -U postgres, and set postgres user password with postgres ALTER USER postgres WITH PASSWORD postgres;
  4. Change trust to md5
  5. sudo service postgresql restart
  6. Pull table to local Postgres database: (Well, I create it manually…) WARNING: create it in postgres db! See available dbs with \list in postgres
  7. Install as usual, but when running, instead of PORT=5000 $GOPATH/bin/ternaku-api, I changed it to PGUSER=postgres PGPASSWORD=postgres PORT=5000 $GOPATH/bin/ternaku-api

Note: I think we can stay with trust, and when running, we don’t need to set PGPASSWORD (cmiiw?)

Added ./runlocal.sh script

heroku pg:pull DATABASE_URL postgres