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  1. 3864e76 On plan9, prefer lowercase "home" env var by Mitchell Hashimoto · 8 weeks ago master
  2. ddd64a0 Merge pull request #15 from knu/improve_getent_fallback by Mitchell Hashimoto · 8 weeks ago
  3. 83b4fcd Use dscl(1) on Darwin instead of getent(1) by Akinori MUSHA · 9 weeks ago
  4. b8bc1bf Fix broken logic merged from #9 by Mitchell Hashimoto · 1 year, 8 months ago
  5. 756f7b1 Merge pull request #14 from leighmcculloch/windows-test-fix by Mitchell Hashimoto · 2 years, 1 month ago


This is a Go library for detecting the user's home directory without the use of cgo, so the library can be used in cross-compilation environments.

Usage is incredibly simple, just call homedir.Dir() to get the home directory for a user, and homedir.Expand() to expand the ~ in a path to the home directory.

Why not just use os/user? The built-in os/user package requires cgo on Darwin systems. This means that any Go code that uses that package cannot cross compile. But 99% of the time the use for os/user is just to retrieve the home directory, which we can do for the current user without cgo. This library does that, enabling cross-compilation.