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January 19, 2012

Google Code Search, Still Available

Google closed a lot of useful services to focus on Google+ and other core offerings. One of the best services that was recently shut down is Code Search, a search engine for open source code. If you go to google.com/codesearch, you'll see the following message:

"Sorry! Sadly, this service has been shut down. Much of Code Search's functionality is available at Google Code Hosting including search for Chromium. We're very sorry for the inconvenience."


Even though Google says that the service has been shut down, it hasn't. Just go to http://code.google.com/codesearch and you'll see the old homepage. All of the old features are still available and the results aren't restricted to Google Code Hosting projects.


13 comments:

  1. Ths blog post by one of the people who worked on Google Code Search might be of interest to those who us Google Code Search: http://swtch.com/~rsc/regexp/regexp4.html

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    1. Is the author fucking retarded? code.google.com/search will show results of projects hosted by Google Code ONLY, not the world wide web.

      I can't believe nobody has pointed this out yet.

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    2. Check the screenshot and you'll notice that it worked well when I wrote the post. Things change all the time, especially when it comes to Google. You can't write an article and hope everything will stay the same.

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    3. Short answer, I suppose: no. The author is not 'fucking retarded'. He could even manage to respond to you lol

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  2. I only discovered GCS recently, while looking for a good way to search the Android source. It was sad to simultaneously find such an awesome tool and discover that it was being killed.

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  3. I just tried the link you provided. It appears to me that the interface is there but the search engine doesn't work.

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  4. An alternative to GCS (when they do shut down for real) is SymbolHound: http://www.symbolhound.com/codesearch

    -Tom (co-founder of SymbolHound)

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    1. It looks like the code search isn't returning results on SymbolHound. I tried searching on 'pthread_mutex_lock' which should be very populer, but no hits. I would be very happy when it's working as code search is very useful.

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  5. Shutting down code search is as bad as censoring search results. Poor move Google.

    Code search should just be another search type (images, maps, news, etc).

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  6. What a joke. Google is heading in the wrong direction big time. This was such a useful tool. What idiots.

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    1. yes but would you ever click on ads in code search?

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  7. I want to clone the GCS code and ultimately hook it to a Git repo.
    How?

    Or, where is the source code if at all avail.?

    Ps. GOOGLE YOU BUNCH OF A#holes

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  8. Here's another alternative, perhaps not as extensive as the old Google Code search, but pretty decent: http://code.ohloh.net/

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