The day has finally come — Google Code is dead. The service, a code repository for developers to host their open-source projects, simply wasn’t able to adapt to the growing needs of developers like GitHub has been able to. Google apparently wasn’t interested in trying to contend, either (in fact, they admitted they’d already moved a significant amount of their own projects to GitHub as they “wanted to be where the developers are”).
Here’s a quick timeline on what’s going down:
- 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.
We suggest that you don’t wait until the final gong tolls — might as well start moving all your digital goods over to GitHub as soon as possible. Thankfully Google has a handy tool to make that as easy as a few clicks.