Microsoft to shut down CodePlex

By Balamurugan Selvaraj Published on Apr 04, 2017 02:32 PM IST

Microsoft has announced it is shutting down its website, CodePlex, that hosts repositories of open source software projects, from 15 December 2017.

Apparently, in recent days, the usage of the website has come down, resulting in its closure. CodePlex was considered to be the famous open source community started by Microsoft in 2006. In those days, many programmers voluntarily shared the code for their software and it also allowed download to tweak the code to their requirements.

Last Friday, the VP of the company, Brian Harry, wrote in his blog post that they are going to shut it down because the open source community has entirely moved to Github, which offers the same sharing and tweaking of source code. "Over the years, we have seen a lot of amazing options come and go. But at this point, Github is the de-factoplace for open source sharing and most open source projects have migrated there," says Brian Harry.

"So, it’s time to say goodbye to CodePlex. We have disabled the ability to create new CodePlex projects. In October, we’ll set CodePlex to read-only, before shutting it down completely on 15 December," he added. From the blog post of Harry, it is seen that CodePlex has partnered with Github to provide a streamlined import experience and also CodePlex archive allows its users to download the archive file through various tools offered by Github.

Through these, users bring their CodePlex source code, licence and documentation to Github. Also, soon there will be a migration tool to solve issues in the streamlined works. Till now, the migration tool’s launch date has not been revealed. So, users are asked to keep an eye on CodePlex’s support page.