Search uses binary search to find and return the smallest index i in [0, n) at which f(i) is true, assuming that on the range [0, n), f(i) == true implies f(i+1) == true. That is, Search requires that f is false for some (possibly empty) prefix of the input range [0, n) and then true for the (possibly empty) remainder; Search returns the first true index. If there is no such index, Search returns n. (Note that the "not found" return value is not -1 as in, for instance, strings.Index.) Search calls f(i) only for i in the range [0, n).

A common use of Search is to find the index i for a value x in a sorted, indexable data structure such as an array or slice. In this case, the argument f, typically a closure, captures the value to be searched for, and how the data structure is indexed and ordered.

For instance, given a slice data sorted in ascending order, the call Search(len(data), func(i int) bool { return data[i] >= 23 }) returns the smallest index i such that data[i] >= 23. If the caller wants to find whether 23 is in the slice, it must test data[i] == 23 separately.

Searching data sorted in descending order would use the <= operator instead of the >= operator.

To complete the example above, the following code tries to find the value x in an integer slice data sorted in ascending order:

x := 23
i := sort.Search(len(data), func(i int) bool { return data[i] >= x })
if i < len(data) && data[i] == x {
	// x is present at data[i]
} else {
	// x is not present in data,
	// but i is the index where it would be inserted.

As a more whimsical example, this program guesses your number:

func GuessingGame() {
	var s string
	fmt.Printf("Pick an integer from 0 to 100.\n")
	answer := sort.Search(100, func(i int) bool {
		fmt.Printf("Is your number <= %d? ", i)
		fmt.Scanf("%s", &s)
		return s != "" && s[0] == 'y'
	fmt.Printf("Your number is %d.\n", answer)