This page has information on how to install and use GoCV on Microsoft Windows 10, 64-bit.


Install the GoCV package:

go get -u -d

In order to use GoCV on Windows you must build and install OpenCV 3.4.1. First download and install MinGW-W64 and CMake, as follows.


Download and run the MinGW-W64 compiler installer from

The latest version of the MinGW-W64 toolchain is 7.3.0, but any version from 7.X on should work.

Choose the options for “posix” threads, and for “seh” exceptions handling, then install to the default location c:\Program Files\mingw-w64\x86_64-7.3.0-posix-seh-rt_v5-rev2.

Add the C:\Program Files\mingw-w64\x86_64-7.3.0-posix-seh-rt_v5-rev2\mingw64\bin path to your System Path.


Download and install CMake to the default location. CMake installer will add CMake to your system path.

Download OpenCV 3.4 and OpenCV Contrib Modules

Download the source code for the latest OpenCV release from and extract it to the directory C:\opencv\opencv-3.4.1

Download the source code for the latest OpenCV Contrib release from and extract it to the directory C:\opencv\opencv_contrib-3.4.1

Create the directory C:\opencv\build as the build directory.

Now launch the cmake-gui program, and set the “Where is the source code” to C:\opencv\opencv-3.4.1, and the “Where to build the binaries” to C:\opencv\build.

Click on “Configure” and select “MinGW MakeFile” from the window, then click on the “Next” button.

Click on the “Configure” button and wait for the configuration step.

Now, scroll down the list and change the following settings as follows:

  • BUILD_DOCS should be unchecked (aka disabled).
  • BUILD_TESTS should be unchecked (aka disabled).
  • BUILD_PERF_TESTS should be unchecked (aka disabled).
  • ENABLE_PRECOMPILED_HEADERS should be unchecked.
  • ENABLE_CXX11 should be checked.
  • OPENCV_EXTRA_MODULES_PATH should be set to C:\opencv\opencv_contrib-3.4.1\modules

Click on the “Configure” button again, and wait for the configuration step.

Some new configuration options will have appeared. Scroll down the list and change the following settings as follows:

  • BUILD_opencv_saliency should be unchecked (aka disabled). OpenCV Contrib’s “Saliency” module is unable to build on Windows with this toolchain at this time.

Click on the “Configure” button again, and wait for the configuration step.

Once it is complete, click on the “Generate” button, and wait for it to generate your make files.

Now run the following commands:

cd C:\opencv\build

The build should start. It will probably take a very long time. When it is finished run:

mingw32-make install

Last, add C:\opencv\build\install\x64\mingw\bin to your System Path.

You should now have OpenCV 3.4.1 installed on your Windows 10 machine.

How to build/run code

Once you have installed OpenCV, you should be able to build or run any of the command examples:

go run .\cmd\version\main.go

The version program should output the following:

gocv version: 0.13.0
opencv lib version: 3.4.1

Cache builds

If you are running a version of Go older than v1.10 and not modifying GoCV source, precompile the GoCV package to significantly decrease your build times:

go install

Custom Environment

By default, OpenCV is expected to be in C:\opencv\build\install\include. This behavior can be disabled by supplying -tags customenv when building/running your application. When building with this tag you will need to supply the CGO environment variables yourself.

Due to the way OpenCV produces DLLs, including the version in the name, using this method is required if you’re using a different version of OpenCV.

For example:

set CGO_CPPFLAGS=-IC:\opencv\build\install\include
set CGO_LDFLAGS=-LC:\opencv\build\install\x64\mingw\lib -lopencv_core341 -lopencv_face341 -lopencv_videoio341 -lopencv_imgproc341 -lopencv_highgui341 -lopencv_imgcodecs341 -lopencv_objdetect341 -lopencv_features2d341 -lopencv_video341 -lopencv_dnn341 -lopencv_xfeatures2d341 -lopencv_plot341 -lopencv_tracking341 -lopencv_img_hash341

Please note that you will need to run these 2 lines of code one time in your current session in order to build or run the code, in order to setup the needed ENV variables. Once you have done so, you can execute code that uses GoCV with your custom environment like this:

go run -tags customenv .\cmd\version\main.go