Interfaces in Go

An interface is a type that defines one or more method signatures.

Methods are not implemented, just their signature: the name, parameter types and return value type.

Something like this:

type Speaker interface {
	Speak()
}

Now you could have a function accept any type that implements all the methods defined by the interface:

func SaySomething(s Speaker) {
	s.Speak()
}

And we can pass it any struct that implements those methods:

type Speaker interface {
	Speak()
}

type Person struct {
	Name string
	Age int
}

func (p Person) Speak() {
	fmt.Println("Hello from " + p.Name)
}

func SaySomething(s Speaker) {
	s.Speak()
}

func main() {
	flavio := Person{Age: 39, Name: "Flavio"}
	SaySomething(flavio)
}

Download my free Go Handbook!

Download my free Programming Ebooks!