Google has finally decided to shut down its project hosting and code collaboration site, Google Code. Google says that it has launched its project hosting platform back in 2006 and it was much popular at that time. But Gihub has attracted most of its users in the past few years. So, Google was unhappy with the limited options available to the open source community. Likewise, in the nine years of existence, its program managers have spent most of their time in managing spam and abuse on the site than hosting development projects. Hence, Google has decided to shut down its service.
“After profiling non-abusive activity on Google Code, it has become clear to us that the service is simply not needed any more.” The open source director Chris DiBona wrote in a blog post.
There are simply better alternatives on the web, Google said. If you have your project hosted on Google Code, so now it’s a real time to move your project to Github. Now you cannot create new projects. On August 24, it will become a read-only website as all the project creation options have been disabled from now. On that read-only mode, you will not be able to update your projects but will be able to access the code.
Google said that a wide range of active projects have already been moved from Google Code. Therefore, some of the existing projects are either inactive or spams. So, there is no pint of offering support to those projects. And if there is any legitimate project is there, the developers will move it to Github.
We know this decision will cause some pain for those of you still using Google Code and we are sorry for that. We will continue to do our best to make the migration process easy for you. Read Here Said Chris DiBona, Google's Director of Open Source:
Google has decided to finally shut down its project hosting service Google Code on January 25, 2016. After that, you will be able to download tarballs of project and the downloads will be available throughout the end of 2016 as well.