App Host Parse Announces Shut Down

Fri, 29th January 2016, 16:07

The Parse homepage is now blank except for one important announcement, a link, and a thank you.

Parse's hosted services will be fully retired on January 28, 2017. We're proud that we've been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps. Thank you for using Parse.

The link is a post by Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker.

We have a difficult announcement to make. Beginning today we’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017. We’re proud that we’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps, but we need to focus our resources elsewhere.

We understand that this won’t be an easy transition, and we’re working hard to make this process as easy as possible. We are committed to maintaining the backend service during the sunset period, and are providing several tools to help migrate applications to other services.

First, we’re releasing a database migration tool that lets you migrate data from your Parse app to any MongoDB database. During this migration, the Parse API will continue to operate as usual based on your new database, so this can happen without downtime. Second, we’re releasing the open source Parse Server, which lets you run most of the Parse API from your own Node.js server. Once you have your data in your own database, Parse Server lets you keep your application running without major changes in the client-side code.

We know that many of you have come to rely on Parse, and we are striving to make this transition as straightforward as possible. We enjoyed working with each of you, and we have deep admiration for the things you’ve built. Thank you for using Parse.

Facebook acquired Parse back in 2013, and at the time the social network said it planned to keep Parse in operation. Whether it was ever a good fit is for others, but at the time HostJury noted that ‘Parse lives ups to one of its guiding principles. Built by developers.. for developers. Their documentation is not for the novice or weak of heart!’.

Parse CEO and co-founder Ilya Sukhar departed this past August. In 2013, Sukhar stated that Parse and Facebook together would help developers "build, grow, and monetize" apps and that Parse will become the underlying layer that people build on and pull in various Facebook services when they need them. That’s how the product will evolve with the union of the two."

A lofty goal but even Zuckerberg would have to concede that developers are not exactly Facebook’s target audience.

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