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So it seems programs launched by your golang application are only put in the foreground if your golang application itself is in the foreground. So before launching your application, just put your golang application in the foreground first. Here's what I've done to make a program get launched in the foreground, even though the parent program is i…
package main
import (
var (
kernel32 = syscall.MustLoadDLL("Kernel32.dll")
getConsoleWindow = kernel32.MustFindProc("GetConsoleWindow")
user32 = syscall.MustLoadDLL("user32.dll")
setForegroundWindow = user32.MustFindProc("SetForegroundWindow")
func getWindowPointer() (syscall.Handle, error) {
r, _, err := syscall.Syscall(getConsoleWindow.Addr(), 0, 0, 0, 0)
return syscall.Handle(r), err
func bringWindowToForeground(hwnd syscall.Handle) (int, error) {
sucess, _, err := syscall.Syscall(setForegroundWindow.Addr(), 1, uintptr(hwnd), 0, 0)
return int(sucess), err
func main() {
winPnt, err := getWindowPointer()
if err != nil {
log.Println("errpr", err)
fmt.Printf("this windows pointer: %d;\n", int(winPnt))
// Allows me time to manually click over to another window for sake of example.
time.Sleep(time.Second * 5)
success, err := bringWindowToForeground(winPnt)
if err != nil {
log.Printf("error bringing to foreground: %+v\n", err)
fmt.Printf("success: %d;\n", int(success))
output, err := exec.Command("my program").Output()
if err == nil {
} else {
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