Http: panic serving [::1]:60288: runtime error: invalid memory address or nil pointer dereference

http: panic serving [::1]:60288: runtime error: invalid memory address or nil pointer dereference
goroutine 21 [running]:
/usr/local/go/src/net/http/server.go:1801 +0xb9
panic({0x12d5ae0, 0x158de40})
/usr/local/go/src/runtime/panic.go:1047 +0x266
/usr/local/go/src/html/template/template.go:97 +0x34
html/template.(*Template).Execute(0x0, {0x1388be0, 0xc00017c0e0}, {0x0, 0x0})
/usr/local/go/src/html/template/template.go:121 +0x32{0x138f170, 0xc00017c0e0}, {0x131fe4c, 0x0})
/Users/yash_khandelwal943/Desktop/Development/go-code/jewellery-store/pkg/render/render.go:12 +0x9f{0x138f170, 0xc00017c0e0}, 0x0)
/Users/yash_khandelwal943/Desktop/Development/go-code/jewellery-store/pkg/handlers/handlers.go:11 +0x2f
net/http.HandlerFunc.ServeHTTP(0x0, {0x138f170, 0xc00017c0e0}, 0x0)
/usr/local/go/src/net/http/server.go:2046 +0x2f
net/http.(*ServeMux).ServeHTTP(0x0, {0x138f170, 0xc00017c0e0}, 0xc000190200)
/usr/local/go/src/net/http/server.go:2424 +0x149
net/http.serverHandler.ServeHTTP({0xc00011d2c0}, {0x138f170, 0xc00017c0e0}, 0xc000190200)
/usr/local/go/src/net/http/server.go:2878 +0x43b
net/http.(*conn).serve(0xc000138fa0, {0x13903e0, 0xc00011d020})
/usr/local/go/src/net/http/server.go:1929 +0xb08
created by net/http.(*Server).Serve
/usr/local/go/src/net/http/server.go:3033 +0x4e8

Please help me with this !

Without the code, we can only only guess at what the problem could be. I tried going to to check the code, but I got a 404. Maybe it’s a private repo or not yet pushed, etc., so I couldn’t find the code myself. With an error like, “invalid memory address or nil pointer dereference,” it sounds like something, somewhere in your program is nil. Based on the stack trace, e.g.:

/usr/local/go/src/html/template/template.go:97 +0x34
html/template.(*Template).Execute(0x0, {0x1388be0, 0xc00017c0e0}, {0x0, 0x0})

That first 0x0 after Execute( leads me to believe your template is nil. I can’t know why without seeing your code. Are you handling errors?


Hi Sean, Thank you for your response,

This piece of code is for rendering :::
func RenderTemplate(rw http.ResponseWriter, tmpl string) {
parsedTemplate, _ := template.ParseFiles("./templates/" + tmpl)
err := parsedTemplate.Execute(rw, nil)
if err != nil {
fmt.Println(“error parsing template:”, err)

in my main.go
func main() {

http.HandleFunc("/", handlers.Home)
http.HandleFunc("/about", handlers.About)

fmt.Println(fmt.Sprintf(“Starting application on port %s”, portNumber))
err := http.ListenAndServe(portNumber, nil)
if err != nil {

You’re ignoring any errors that might occur when parsing the files. If this function fails, it will return a nil template and a non-nil error. You should always check all error return values unless the documentation says that the error will be nil (the only ones I know of off the top of my head are the (*strings.Builder).Write* methods.

Thanks Sean, The issue was with template file, it was unable to parse it. It’s been resolved now

Hey Yash

Can you tell me how you fixed it. I am following the same course.

Hi Jitendra,

Kindly do the error handling in this case.
parsedTemplate, err := template.ParseFiles("./templates/" + tmpl)
if err != nil {
log.Fatal(“Unable to parse from template:”, err)