Google has announced that effective immediately, the Google Code project hosting service is being scaled back and will eventually be closed entirely. Starting yesterday (March 12), new project creation has been disabled. The site will become read-only on August 24, 2015 and will be closed on January 25, 2016.
The service launched in 2006 when there weren’t many options for open source project hosting. Since then services like GitHub and Bitbucket emerged and gained in popularity and saw many projects migrate over. Google themselves has even moved almost a thousand open source projects to GitHub.
Google cites one of the main reasons for the decision to shut down Google Code is due to the amount of time it’s taking them to deal with spam and abuse.
As developers migrated away from Google Code, a growing share of the remaining projects were spam or abuse. Lately, the administrative load has consisted almost exclusively of abuse management. After profiling non-abusive activity on Google Code, it has become clear to us that the service simply isn’t needed anymore.
As mentioned above, the shut down has already begun and if you have a project on Google Code, the three dates you need to keep in mind are
- March 12, 2015 – New project creation disabled.
- August 24, 2015 – The site goes read-only. You can still checkout/view project source, issues, and wikis.
- January 25, 2016 – The project hosting service is closed. You will be able to download a tarball of project source, issues, and wikis. These tarballs will be available throughout the rest of 2016.
Google suggests developers migrate their projects using the Google Code to GitHub exporter tool, all the details including support sources are available on the blog post announcing the shut down.
What do you think of Google’s decision to shut down Google Code? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Google Open Source Blog