#TIL | #Go

July 21, 2020 | 20:03

Go Trace Shortcut

You can use the go trace tool to look at the CPU traces to see how your program is behaving for example.

package main

import (

func main() {
	f, err := os.Create("trace.out")
	if err != nil {
	defer f.Close()
	err = trace.Start(f)
	if err != nil {


When you run the program you will see a new file trace.out which has the trace we want to inspect.

go tool trace trace.out
2020/07/21 20:37:37 Parsing trace...
2020/07/21 20:37:37 Splitting trace...
2020/07/21 20:37:37 Opening browser. Trace viewer is listening on

Now if we click on the View Trace link we end up seeing

go trace view

The UX is not the best and sometimes it’s not very clear how to navigate the interface. If you type ? in your browser window where you have the trace is open you see all the shortcuts to navigate.

go trace shortcut view