Go Map

Last Updated: March 20, 2022

Map data structure in Go language stores data in key and value pairs.

Keys are unique identifiers

Adding and removing elements of Map are very easy.

Go Map Syntax

map[keyType] valueType

Creating Map in Golang

Initializing map with map literal

Zipcodes in map data structure

package main

import "fmt"

func main() {

	zipcodes := map[string]int{
		"Raleigh":    27615,
		"Asheville":  28806,
		"Concord":    28027,
		"Greensboro": 27406,


map[Asheville:28806 Concord:28027 Greensboro:27406 Raleigh:27615]

Another way to create map

var heights map[string]int
heights = make(map[string]int)
heights["Peter"] = 170
heights["John"] = 165
heights["Mike"] = 172
fmt.Println(heights) // map[John:165 Mike:172 Peter:170]

Check the existence of the element in map in Go

To check the given key exists in the map

if v, ok := heights["Jim"]; ok {
} else {
   fmt.Println("Key does not exist")

Add an element to map in Golang

Remove element from the map in Golang

To delete an element in a map you can use the delete method

if _, ok := heights["Mike"]; ok {
    delete(heights, "Mike")
} else {
    fmt.Println("Key does not exist")

Getting the number of elements in a map

To get the number of elements of the map in Goland you can use the len() function


How to iterate over map in Golang

To iterate over the map in Go you can use a for-range loop

for k, v := range heights {
    fmt.Println(k, v)