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Go Server/API boilerplate using best practices, DDD, CQRS, ES, gRPC.

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The main purpose of this project is to provide boilerplate project setup using best practices, DDD, CQRS, ES, gRPC. Featuring kubernetes for both development and production environments. Allowing to work with environment reflecting production one, allowing to reduce any misconfigurations.

This is mono-repository of many services such as authentication or user domain. Each service has it own code base with exception of shared packages to simplify things for this boilerplate. Services communicate witch each other using gRPC. Each service might expose HTTP API for external communication or/and gRPC.

This project setup should reduce the time spent on environment configuration for the whole kubernetes cluster and/or each of microservice. Extracting each of services to own repository or keeping it as mono-repo should be a matter of preference.

Please look for comments like @TODO and @FIXME to better understand things than need attention.

Web UI example (React)

This boilerplate includes simple Web UI to demonstrate example interaction with API. Once deployed and hosts are set please visit https://api.go-api-boilerplate.local to access UI.

Web UI

Key concepts:

  1. Rest API
  2. Docker
  3. Kubernetes
  4. Helm chart
  5. gRPC
  6. Domain Driven Design (DDD)
  7. CQRS
  8. Event Sourcing
  9. Hexagonal, Onion, Clean Architecture
  10. oAuth2

Worth getting to know packages used in this boilerplate:

  1. gorouter
  2. message-bus
  3. gollback
  4. shutdown
  5. pubsub
  6. pushpull
  7. gocontainer
  8. ardanlabs/service



Quick start

Localhost alias

Edit /etc/hosts to add localhost alias

➜  go-api-boilerplate git:(master) cat /etc/hosts
# Host Database
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting.  Do not change this entry.
## go-api-boilerplate.local api.go-api-boilerplate.local maildev.go-api-boilerplate.local mysql.go-api-boilerplate.local

Build release

Local image

make docker-build BIN=auth
make docker-build BIN=migrate
make docker-build BIN=user
make docker-build BIN=web

GitHub Package Registry

Creating tag with metadata will trigger github workflow and publish docker image to GitHub Package Registry.

Tag v1.0.0+user will trigger build for user service releasing 1.0.0 docker image tag. you can create release for all services in cmd directory.


Replace image details in values.yaml

-    repository: go-api-boilerplate-user
+    repository:
-    tag: latest
+    tag: 1.0.0
    pullPolicy: IfNotPresent

repeat for all services and migrate init containers.

Private Registry

If you want your k8sto Pull an Image from a Private Registry on your k8 machine login to docker:

docker login

Then create a secret in go-api-boilerplate namespace as follows:

kubectl create secret generic regcred --from-file=.dockerconfigjson=.docker/config.json --namespace=go-api-boilerplate

Set imagePullSecrets in your values.yaml file (simply look for all occurrences and uncomment).

+  imagePullSecrets: regcred

Install Cert Manager

helm repo add jetstack
helm repo update

make helm-dependencies

Deploy release

make helm-install

Build tags

Build flags are used for different persistence layers. Please see servvices.go file for details. Provided layers are mysql, mongo and memory. If desired in similar way new layer can be easily added, following given patter.

go build -tags=persistence_mysql

Available build tags

  • persistence_mysql (mysql service container)
  • persistence_mongodb (mongodb service container)

Important persistence layer defaults to memory if no flag is provided (Docker image sets persistence_mysql flag), see each service Dockerfile for details.


Dispatching command

Send example JSON via POST request

curl -d '{"email":"[email protected]"}' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST https://api.go-api-boilerplate.local/users/v1/dispatch/user/user-register-with-email --insecure


Public routes

Get user details https://api.go-api-boilerplate.local/users/v1/34e7ed39-aa94-4ef2-9422-401bba9fc812

{"id":"34e7ed39-aa94-4ef2-9422-401bba9fc812","email":"[email protected]"}

Get list of users https://api.go-api-boilerplate.local/users/v1?page=1&limit=10

{"page":1,"limit":20,"total":1,"users":[{"id":"34e7ed39-aa94-4ef2-9422-401bba9fc812","email":"[email protected]"}]}

Protected routes

Access protected route using auth token https://api.go-api-boilerplate.local/users/v1/me.

{"code": "401","message": "Unauthorized"}

Request access token for user

curl -d '{"email":"[email protected]"}' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST https://api.go-api-boilerplate.local/users/v1/dispatch/user/user-request-access-token --insecure

Get your access token from mail catcher https://maildev.go-api-boilerplate.local.

Access protected route using auth token https://api.go-api-boilerplate.local/users/v1/me?authToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzUxMiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJhdWQiOiJyXHUwMDE277-977-977-977-9IiwiZXhwIjoxNTU5NjEwOTc2LCJzdWIiOiIzNGU3ZWQzOS1hYTk0LTRlZjItOTQyMi00MDFiYmE5ZmM4MTIifQ.pEkgtDAvNh2D3Dtgfpu4tt-Atn1h6QwMkDhz4KpgFxNX8jE7fQH00J6K5V7CV063pigxWhOMMTRLmQdhzhajzQ

{"id":"34e7ed39-aa94-4ef2-9422-401bba9fc812","email":"[email protected]"}

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