Google Code goes to Google graveyard

Another venture bites the dust as search engine firm says sayonara to developer platform

Google has shuttered its Code hosting site, citing "better" service, such as Github, available elsewhere.

In a blog post, Chris DiBona, director of Open Source at Google, said that a "growing share" of projects hosting on the service were "spam or abuse" and the administrative load for Google centred "almost exclusively" on abuse management.

DiBona pointed out that times have changed since Google Code started in 2006. The project was aimed at providing developers a reliable and stable project hosting site, but since then "a wide variety of better project hosting services such as GitHub and Bitbucket bloom," he said.

"Many projects moved away from Google Code to those other systems. To meet developers where they are, we ourselves migrated nearly a thousand of our own open source projects from Google Code to GitHub," DiBona added.

As of Thursday, Google is no longer accepting projects onto the site and, from 24 August, code changes won't be committed to projects as they become read-only.

The the site will close completely on 26 January 2016, with developers able to download tarballs of projects until the end of that year.

Google said there are a number of ways developers can migrate projects to other code-hosting sites. The search engine firm provides a tool that can export projects to GitHub. DiBona added that the decision will cause pain for users still on Google Code and apologised.

"We will also make ourselves available over the next three months to those projects that need help migrating from Google Code to other hosts," he said.

Despite the closure, Google said it would continue to provide Git and Gerrit hosting for certain projects like Android and Chrome. "We will also continue maintaining our mirrors of projects like Eclipse, kernel.org and others," he added.

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