Why is Parse shutting down?

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Developers were pretty shocked today when Parse announced it was shutting down. In an email sent out the following was said:

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. For more details, check out our migration guide here.

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.

We’re investigating why the service is shutting down after being acquired by Facebook in 2013 for $85 mil. We’re assuming they have been struggling to get users converted from their free programs to paid premium programs.

They are providing a data migration tool and the Parse server for you to install and configure here.

  • Clark Thomas

    Great article! I’m a developer and used to Parse.com. When I knew it would shut down, I began to look for alternatives and found http://www.back4app.com. I’m happy with my choice, there are several tools that serves me, and best of all, I managed to migrate my project in just 5 minutes!