Is there a way to download a large file using Go that will store the content directly into a file instead of storing it all in memory before writing it to a file? Because the file is so big, storing it all in memory before writing it to a file is going to use up all the memory.
I’ll assume you mean download via http (error checks omitted for brevity):
import ("net/http"; "io"; "os") ... out, err := os.Create("output.txt") defer out.Close() ... resp, err := http.Get("http://example.com/") defer resp.Body.Close() ... n, err := io.Copy(out, resp.Body)
The http.Response’s Body is a Reader, so you can use any functions that take a Reader, to, e.g. read a chunk at a time rather than all at once. In this specific case,
io.Copy() does the gruntwork for you.