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Direct comparison of errors

Reports direct comparison of errors, for example, using ==, and suggests using errors.Is instead.

Since Go 1.13, errors can be wrapped using the fmt.Errorf function with the %w verb. Therefore, direct comparison of errors using the equality check fails on wrapped errors. The preferred way of checking for a specific error is to use the errors.Is function from the standard library as this function traverses the chain of the wrapped errors while checking for a specific error.

For more information about errors.Is, refer to working with Errors in Go 1.13.

The quick-fix replaces direct comparison of errors with a call to errors.Is.


if err == MyError { fmt.Println("MyErr") }

After the quick fix is applied:

if errors.Is(err, MyError) { fmt.Println("MyErr") }

Inspection Details

By default bundled with:

GoLand 2024.1, Qodana for Go 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin:


Last modified: 29 April 2024