Deploying A Go Binary to AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Go is officially supported on ElasticBeanstalk, and there a several ways to deploy an application. This post is covers building and deploying a Go application as a binary.

You may also follow this process for any other language that produces a linux-compatible binary.


There’s several reasons why you want to consider doing it this way (over the other alternatives):

  1. Deployment and auto scaling is faster.With only a single binary to pull from S3 onto the node it is extremely to bring up/replace nodes. Especially if your application is large or requires lots of dependencies to be downloaded.

Building the Binary

This mostly comes down to your build process. For me I used:

GOOS=linux GOARCH=amd64 go build -o application -ldflags=”-s -w”

There are a few tricks here:

  1. GOOS=linux GOARCH=amd64 ensures that the binary produced will be a 64bit linux executable. Super important for mac/windows users.


You can now just use the standard eb CLI:

eb deploy

The Gotchas

So far so good Despite a fair amount of documentation and examples I ran into several issues:

Missing Application Binary

If you are using git, you may (should) be ignoring the application binary. Beanstalk uses the .gitignore file as well so it won’t actually include the binary. It will however include everything else (like the source code, etc). All you need to do is create a file called .ebignore (this is used instead of .gitignore if present):


This also ensure that only the executable and beanstalk configuration files are included.

504 Bad Gateway

Beanstalk actually deploys the application behind an nginx instance which port forwards 80 -> 5000. Your application must receive connections on port 5000 (if necessary, this can be overridden in the Beanstalk configuration).

Originally published at on April 27, 2018.

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