# Thrift [Thrift](https://thrift.apache.org/) is a large IDL and transport package from Apache, popularized by Facebook. Thrift is well-supported in Go kit, for organizations that already have significant Thrift investment. And using Thrift with Go kit is very simple. First, define your service in the Thrift IDL. The [Thrift IDL documentation](https://thrift.apache.org/docs/idl) provides more details. See [add.thrift](https://github.com/go-kit/kit/blob/ec8b02591ee873433565a1ae9d317353412d1d27/examples/addsvc/_thrift/add.thrift) for an example. Make sure the Thrift definition matches your service's Go kit (interface) definition. Next, [download Thrift](https://thrift.apache.org/download) and [install the compiler](https://thrift.apache.org/docs/install/). On a Mac, you may be able to `brew install thrift`. Then, compile your service definition, from .thrift to .go. You'll probably want to specify the package_prefix option to the --gen go flag. See [THRIFT-3021](https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/THRIFT-3021) for more details. ``` thrift -r --gen go:package_prefix=github.com/my-org/my-repo/thrift/gen-go/ add.thrift ``` Finally, write a tiny binding from your service definition to the Thrift definition. It's a straightforward conversion from one domain to the other. See [thrift_binding.go](https://github.com/go-kit/kit/blob/ec8b02591ee873433565a1ae9d317353412d1d27/examples/addsvc/thrift_binding.go) for an example. That's it! The Thrift binding can be bound to a listener and serve normal Thrift requests. And within your service, you can use standard Go kit components and idioms. Unfortunately, setting up a Thrift listener is rather laborious and nonidiomatic in Go. Fortunately, [addsvc](https://github.com/go-kit/kit/tree/master/examples/addsvc) is a complete working example with Thrift support. And remember: Go kit services can support multiple transports simultaneously.