Microsoft is shutting down Codeplex on December 17th, 2017 after 11 years of service. Image Credit: Der Standard
Microsoft is shutting down Codeplex on December 17th, 2017 after 11 years of service. Image Credit: Der Standard

According to online reports, Redmond-based software firm, Microsoft Corp. will be shutting down its open-source project hosting website that allows programmers to host and share the code of their projects; CodePlex effective December 15th, 2017. This was announced by the company’s Corporate VP Brian Harry.

Brian said that the CodePlex is shutting down as over the years San Francisco-based GitHub itHub has become the “de facto place for open source sharing and most open source projects have migrated there.”

Adding that the company in fact too has migrated to GitHub.

“As many of you know, Microsoft has invested in Visual Studio Team Services as our One Engineering System for proprietary projects, and we’ve exposed many of our key open source projects on GitHub (Visual Studio Code, TypeScript, .NET, the Cognitive Toolkit, and more). In fact, our GitHub organization now has more than 16,000 open source contributors – more than any other organization – and we’re proud to partner closely with GitHub to promote open source,” Brian writes in a blog post.

Regarding the shutdown plan, currently the company has disabled the ability to create new CodePlex projects. In October, it will set CodePlex to read-only, before shutting it down completely on December 15, 2017.

How to migrate your data – the company suggested two ways;
First: Microsoft has partnered with GitHub to provide a streamlined import experience to help users bring their CodePlex source code, license, and documentation to GitHub. A migration tool for issues is also in the works and will be available soon. The company also added a new option to users project to set an “I’ve moved” banner on your project that will direct your users to your new home.

The company has provided a walkthrough on the CodePlex wiki to help you through the migration process.

Second: The CodePlex Archive will allow users to download an archive file. If you’d like to migrate just your source code, you have a variety of options depending on your source control type. For Git users, many Git hosting services, including Visual Studio Team Services and BitBucket, offer an easy import flow to help you migrate. Bitbucket also offers import for Mercurial users.

source: Microsoft Blog