How can I efficiently download a large file using Go?

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.

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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.

Refer: stackoverflow.com