Set a HTTP Cookie Response Header

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For many different reasons, there will be times when you need to keep data within a cookie to be sent with subsequent requests or read by the recipient. We can do this with Go's standard library, or by using a package like gorilla's session, but for this simple example we'll use the standard library.

We've created a function called addCookie() which takes a name/key and a value to writes it directly against the ResponseWriter w.

package main

import (

// addCookie will apply a new cookie to the response of a http
// request, with the key/value this method is passed.
func addCookie(w http.ResponseWriter, name string, value string) {
    expire := time.Now().AddDate(0, 0, 1)
    cookie := http.Cookie{
        Name:    name,
        Value:   value,
        Expires: expire,
    http.SetCookie(w, &cookie)

func indexHandler(w http.ResponseWriter, req *http.Request) {
    addCookie(w, "TestCookieName", "TestValue")
    io.WriteString(w, "Hello world!")

func main() {
    http.HandleFunc("/", indexHandler)
    http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil)

If we were to run this, like so: go run cookie.go and then use curl to check the response, we would see something like this:

< HTTP/1.1 200 OK
< Set-Cookie: TestCookieName=TestValue; Expires=Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:18:25 GMT
< Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:18:25 GMT
< Content-Length: 12
< Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
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Edd is the Lead Developer at Hoowla, a prop-tech startup, where he spends much of his time working on production-ready Go and PHP code. He loves coding, but also enjoys cycling and camping in his spare time.

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