The Google Code hosting service will close down in January 2016.
Nine years after the system’s launch, program managers invest additional time managing spam and abuse on the site than hosting development projects.
“In the wake of profiling non-abusive action on Google Code, it has ended up clear to us that the service simply isn’t required any longer,” Open Source Director Chris DiBona wrote in a blog entry.
Google has already disabled new project creation, with arrangements to shutter the service in around 10 months, on Jan. 25. Clients can move their work from Google Code to GitHub using the exporter tool, or standalone services that move content to Bitbucket and SourceForge.
“When we began the Google Code project hosting service in 2006, the world of project hosting was restricted,” DiBona said. “We were agonized over reliability and stagnation, so we made a move by giving the open source community an alternate choice to browse.”
In the just about decade since, a variety of what DiBona called “better” project hosting services-GitHub, Bitbucket—started to bloom, redirecting attention far from Google Code. The Web giant itself even moved about 1,000 of its own open-source projects to GitHub, with an end goal to snuggled up to developers.
Google will, DiBona guaranteed, keep on giving Git and Gerrit hosting to specific activities like Android and Chrome; it will likewise keep up mirrors of projects like Eclipse, kernel.org, and others.
On Aug. 24, the Google Code site will change to read-only, so clients can view project sources, issues, and wikis. Anyhow once the new year moves around, plan to say farewell. On Jan. 25, developers can only download a tarball of content through the end of 2016.
Any issues should be logged with Google via firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization will also keep an eye on Reddit, Hacker News, and other popular forums to answer questions publicly.
“We know this choice will result in some pain for those of you still using Google Code and we’re sorry for that,” DiBona wrote. “We’ll keep on trying our best to make the movement process simple for you.”