Failsafe-go is a library for building fault tolerant Go applications. It works by wrapping executable logic with one or more resilience policies, which can be combined and composed as needed. Policies include Retry, Circuit Breaker, Rate Limiter, Timeout, Bulkhead, and Fallback.

Getting Started

To see how Failsafe-go works, we’ll create a retry policy that defines which failures to handle and when retries should be performed:

retryPolicy := retrypolicy.Builder[any]().

We can then Run or Get a result from a func with retries:

// Run with retries
err := failsafe.Run(Connect, retryPolicy)

// Get with retries
response, err := failsafe.Get(SendRequest, retryPolicy)

Asynchronous Execution

Executing a func asynchronously with retries is simple:

// Run with retries asynchronously
result := failsafe.RunAsync(Connect, retryPolicy)

// Get with retries asynchronously
result := failsafe.GetAsync(SendRequest, retryPolicy)

The returned ExecutionResult can be used to wait for the execution to be done and gets its result or error.

Composing Policies

Multiple policies can be composed to add additional layers of resilience or to handle different failures in different ways:

fallback := fallback.WithResult(backupConnection)
circuitBreaker := circuitbreaker.WithDefaults[any]()
timeout := timeout.With[any](10*time.Second)

// Get with fallback, retries, circuit breaker, and timeout
failsafe.Get(Connect, fallback, retryPolicy, circuitBreaker, timeout)

Order does matter when composing policies. See the policy composition overview for more details.


Policy compositions can also be saved for later use via an Executor:

executor := failsafe.NewExecutor[any](retryPolicy, circuitBreaker)
err := executor.Run(Connect)

Further Reading

Read more about policies and how they’re used, then explore some of Failsafe-go’s other features in the site menu.