Golang : Set up source IP address before making HTTP request

Tags : golang change-IP-address download wget custom-HTTP-transport

Problem :

There are times that you want to use certain IP address in a machine ( such as the one with permission to connect outside a firewall ) before making a HTTP request to another server. This is similar to the wget binding command :

For example : wget --bind-address= \

How to do that in Golang?

NOTE : This is not for masking or spoofing your IP address

Solution :

Build your own custom HTTP transport client and specify the local IP address that has the permission to connect outside a firewall.

For example :

 package main

 import (

 func main() {
 OKAddr := "<change here>" // local IP address to use

 OKAddress, _ := net.ResolveTCPAddr("tcp", OKAddr)

 transport := &http.Transport{
 Proxy: http.ProxyFromEnvironment,
 Dial: (&net.Dialer{
 Timeout: 30 * time.Second,
 KeepAlive: 30 * time.Second,
 OKAddr: OKAddress}).Dial, TLSHandshakeTimeout: 10 * time.Second}

 client := &http.Client{
 Transport: transport,

 resp, err := client.Get("http://example.com/filetodown.zip")

 if err != nil {

 defer resp.Body.Close()

 html, err := ioutil.ReadAll(resp.Body)

 if err != nil {

 // fmt.Println(os.Stdout, string(html))
 // or save the zip - see https://www.socketloop.com/tutorials/golang-download-file-example

References :



Tags : golang change-IP-address download wget custom-HTTP-transport

By Adam Ng

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