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Go + Goja

Goja is a pure Go implementation of ECMAScript 5.

The Standalone scripts can be parsed and evaluated in a Goja context.

Integration Details

Initialize Goja

Goja does not provide a global variable. It can be created in one line:

/* initialize */
vm := goja.New()

/* goja does not expose a standard "global" by default */
v, err := vm.RunString("var global = (function(){ return this; }).call(null);")

Load SheetJS Scripts

The shim and main libraries can be loaded by reading the scripts from the file system and evaluating in the Goja context:

func safe_run_file(vm *goja.Runtime, file string) {
data, err := ioutil.ReadFile(file)
if err != nil { panic(err) }
src := string(data)
_, err = vm.RunString(src)
if err != nil { panic(err) }

// ...
safe_run_file(vm, "shim.min.js")
safe_run_file(vm, "xlsx.full.min.js")

To confirm the library is loaded, XLSX.version can be inspected:

  /* get version string */
v, err := vm.RunString("XLSX.version")
fmt.Printf("SheetJS library version %s\n", v)

Reading Files

Files can be read into []byte:

/* read file */
data, _ := ioutil.ReadFile("sheetjs.xlsx")

[]byte should be converted to an ArrayBuffer from Go:

/* load into engine */
vm.Set("buf", vm.ToValue(vm.NewArrayBuffer(data)))

/* parse */
wb, _ = vm.RunString("wb =, {type:'buffer'});")

Writing Files

"base64" strings can be passed from the JS context to Go code:

/* write to Base64 string */
b64str, _ := vm.RunString("XLSX.write(wb, {type:'base64', bookType:'xlsx'})")

/* pull data back into Go and write to file */
buf, _ := base64.StdEncoding.DecodeString(b64str.String())
_ = ioutil.WriteFile("sheetjs.xlsx", buf, 0644)

Complete Example


This demo was tested on 2023 February 14.

0) Create a module and install dependencies:

mkdir SheetGoja
cd SheetGoja
go mod init SheetGoja
go get

1) Download the standalone script, shim and test file:

curl -LO
curl -LO
curl -LO

2) Download SheetGoja.go:

curl -LO

3) Build standalone SheetGoja binary:

go build SheetGoja.go

4) Run the demo:

./SheetGoja pres.numbers

If the program succeeded, the CSV contents will be printed to console and the file sheetjsw.xlsb will be created. That file can be opened with Excel.