Google Code is dead.

Update: bug is now fixed. See my new post

Last year Google announced they would no longer provide a ‘downloads’ feature on google code hosting for new projects. Starting January 15th 2014, creating new downloads would also no longer be possible for existing projects.

It’s been sort of obvious for a while that they’ve stopped caring about their code hosting. At the time, it was a refreshing way to do open source project hosting. All we really had was SourceForge, which at the time was already really starting to feel dated.

But with the advent of Github and others, google code pretty much dropped out of the race. The last new feature announcement was from 2011.

So last night I created a script that would:

  • Download all 92 SabreDAV releases from google code.
  • Parse the ChangeLog.
  • Automatically create releases on GitHub with the changelog information.

The result looks quite nice :).

So after migrating the source in 2011, now all that’s left on google code is the wiki. Hopefully I can find a new place for that soon too :).

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  • Raphaël Pinson

    <p>The wiki on github is nice, too. And so is gh-pages for the website.</p>
  • Anon

    <p>Care to share your script?</p>
    • Evert


      <p>The script is pretty specific to my situation. It's pretty ugly as well :) What part are you specifically interested in?</p>
  • balbeko

    <p>why wouldn't you migrate wiki to GitHub as well?</p>
    • Evert


      <p>With infinite free time I would do that right now :)</p>
      • balbeko

        <p>I've helped you a bit<br><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" title=""></a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" title=""></a></p>
        • Evert


          <p>I've made a start: <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" title=""></a></p><p>I did look at your converter, but didn't end up using it. I'm also using this opportunity to manually go through everything and make corrections. Lots of work, but alas :)</p><p>Thanks for the kickstart though!</p>
          • balbeko

            <p>Great to know! Good luck &amp; have fun:)</p>
  • James Williams

    <p>Google has quite a bit on code on Github too. Perhaps it's less not caring and more going where the developers are.</p>
  • itoctopus

    <p>It's a weird move by Google. I wonder why do they keep canceling features that people actually use. Maybe because they want to just focus on the search, maps, and Android products.</p>
  • dan

    <p>Yeah SourceForge may feel dated but that's their whole business so they aren't going anywhere. Google code was just a toy to keep some of their engineers busy. It was always a mistake for people to host anything there.</p>