Facebook announces closure of Parse developer platform

Facebook announces closure of Parse developer platform
Matthew Jarvis

By Matthew Jarvis

February 1st 2016 at 10:06AM

Remote services for mobile apps and games to be fully shut down on January 28th 2017

Parse, the server-based suite of services for mobile developers, is to be fully retired in one year’s time.

Run by Facebook, Parse allowed developers to utilise remote server utilities such as cloud save management and push notification.

Co-founder Kevin Lacker revealed that, ahead of the planned final shutdown date of January 28th 2017, Facebook would release a database migration tool to take existing Parse app data to a MongoDB database, without impacting the runtime of the app.

An open-source Parse Server will also be made available, allowing devs to run the majority of the Parse API from their own Node.js server.

Lacker gave little explanation as to Parse’s reason for expiry, saying only: “We need to focus our resources elsewhere.”