The Buf Schema Registry provides generated SDKs for Go from modules and plugins using go get, just like any other Go library. It generates SDKs automatically when you push schema changes, which eliminates the need to manage a Protobuf toolchain or generate code locally.

See the tutorial for instructions on how to access generated SDKs from the BSR directly.

The BSR Go module proxy implements the GOPROXY protocol for Buf modules by generating SDKs on the fly—Go code stubs aren't generated until you request them using go get. Once generated, they're cached, and the cached SDKs are returned from subsequent requests.

Using Go modules

The key to consuming from the BSR Go module proxy is choosing the right Go module path. The import path for generated Go code has this format:

Go module path syntax

In this example,, the BSR generates code for the connectrpc/eliza module using the connectrpc/go. plugin. This SDK depends on as well—connect-go has a dependency on code generated by the protocolbuffers/go plugin, and generated SDKs automatically include plugin dependencies.

Installing SDKs

To generate the connectrpc/eliza Protobuf module using the connect-go plugin, you could install the generated SDK like this:

$ go get
go: downloading v1.11.0-20230727062025-d8fbf2620c60.1 go: added v1.11.0-20230727062025-d8fbf2620c60.1


By default, when you go get a Buf module, the BSR generates code from the most recent reference for the module. However, you can also install a specific module version by referencing an explicit version or a branch name with the @ syntax. To discover SDK versions, you can browse a repository's SDKs page, which has installation instructions and an interactive UI.


To get the generated SDK for the latest version of the module:

$ go get


To get the generated SDK for the module at a commit:

$ go get


To get the generated SDK for the module at a tag:

$ go get


The BSR supports commits on branches. This feature enables you to push unreleased Protobuf file changes and consume generated code without affecting the main branch.

To get the generated SDK for the module on a branch:

$ go get

References with names that contain / are not compatible with the Go generated SDKs versioning scheme.

Full syntax

Go module version syntax

With SDK versions (valid semver):

  • The version core is the plugin version 1.11.0
  • The semver pre-release version is composed of:
    • module commit timestamp (YYYYMMDDHHMMSS) 20230727062025
    • module commit short name (12 characters) d8fbf2620c60
  • The final identifier is the plugin revision 1 for the plugin version

Most users will likely use @latest, but if you need to reference a version explicitly, you can do so like this:

$ go get

For commits on branches, the commit timestamp component of the version is always zeroed out to easily differentiate package versions using commits on branches that aren't main.

Private generated SDKs

When using SDKs generated from private BSR repositories, you'll need to authenticate by including a personal API token for local use or a Bot user's API token for CI workflows.

The go tool authenticates with proxies using .netrc credentials or credentials directly specified in GOPROXY URLs. See the Authentication page for instructions on setting up your token and authenticating with .netrc.

You can also authenticate using direct credentials:


As mentioned in the Go docs on using direct credentials, use caution when taking this approach, as environment variables may appear in shell history and in logs.

Private modules are only accessible to authorized users and can't be pulled through the default module proxy at or have their checksums verified with the public checksum database at To access private modules you need to specify a combination of GOPROXY, GOPRIVATE, GONOPROXY and/or GONOSUMDB.

There are two possible ways to configure Go for private modules:

  • Using This implicitly sets GONOPROXY/GONOSUMDB to the same value, causing Go to use the direct strategy for fetching directly from BSR without going through the public proxy.

    Because GONOPROXY includes the Buf registry, this is not compatible with specifying auth directly in GOPROXY. Only netrc-based auth is supported in this configuration.

  • Using GOPROXY=,$GOPROXY and This instructs Go to try a module from Buf before falling back to the existing configured proxies. This works both for netrc and direct authentication.

Modify the Go environment using the export command in your shell or with the go env -w command to persist the change:


For more information, see the official private modules documentation.

Available plugins

For a full list of supported plugins, navigate to the BSR plugins page and search for Go.

To learn more about how these plugins are packaged and distributed, go to the bufbuild/plugins repository. If you find a useful plugin that should be added, file an issue.