Go Templates with custom logic


In this example, a function map named funcMap is supplied to the template via the Funcs() method and then invoked inside the template. Here, the function increment() is used to get around the lack of a less than or equal function in the templating language. Note in the output how the final item in the collection is handled.

A - at the beginning {{- or end -}} is used to trim whitespace and can be used to help make the template more legible.

package main

import (

var funcMap = template.FuncMap{
    "increment": increment,

func increment(x int) int {
    return x + 1

func main() {
    const (
        letter = `Dear {{with $names := .}}
        {{- range $i, $val := $names}}
            {{- if lt (increment $i) (len $names)}}
                {{- $val}}, {{else -}} and {{$val}}{{end}}
        {{- end}}{{end}}; How are you?`

    tmpl, err := template.New("letter").Funcs(funcMap).Parse(letter)
    if err != nil {

    tmpl.Execute(os.Stdout, []string{"Harry", "Jane", "Lisa", "George"})

Results in:

Dear Harry, Jane, Lisa, and George; How are you?