After 9 years of service operations, Google is now shutting down Google code!
Google code is an online space for coders to store and share their projects with each other and with the larger web. The reason behind the ‘shutdown’ is that it was often used to post malware, spam, and other bad stuff — and it wasn’t worth Google’s time to pay for its maintenance anymore, especially as most coders have moved to the competing service, GitHub and Bitbucket.
According to Google Director, Chris DiBona,
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.”
Competition in the world of project hosting has become fierce and Google feels that it’s time to pass on the baton rather than fighting for attention.
While Google has put an end to the creation of new projects, those that are currently hosted on Google Code are safe for the time being. You’ll still be able to upload files and so on, but as of August 2, 2015, the site will switch to read-only mode. From this time you will still be able to access projects, but no editing will be possible. The ultimate deadline is January 25, 2016 when the service closes down. Projects will be available to download as a tarball until the end of the year.
The shutdown will be gradual, but by January of 2016, all you’ll be able to do is download an archive of your projects. Hence, Google is offering tools to migrate Google Code to Github.
via beta news