Have you ever checked the error definition to see what it is?

// The error built-in interface type is the conventional interface for
// representing an error condition, with the nil value representing no error.
type error interface {
	Error() string

The error type is an interface, so you can customize it by implementing your own type. Let’s check two examples below:

Built-in Go string error implement

// go/src/errors/errors.go

// errorString is a trivial implementation of error.
type errorString struct {
	s string

func (e *errorString) Error() string {
	return e.s

Custom error implement

type MyError struct {
	Code int
	Msg string

func (e *MyError) Error() string {
	return e.Msg

With this example, you can return MyError as error to receive more information about the error

func main() {
	err := exampleError()
	if me, ok := err.(*MyError); ok {
		fmt.Printf("got error with code: %d, msg: %s\n", me.Code, me.Msg)
	} else {
		fmt.Printf("go built-in error: %s\n", err.Error())

func exampleError() error {
	return &MyError{
		Code: 1,
		Msg: "example error",

As usual, I hope this may help in some way :D