Parse has officially shutdown. The Facebook company shocked the tech community around a year ago when it originally announced a year long retirement period. That year long period recently came to an end this passed weekend. Now, the homepage reads:
"The Parse service is now shut down. To all the developers out there, it was a pleasure helping you build apps. Goodbye and good luck."
For those who were unable to find an alternative service during the retirement period, Parse still provides a link to its migration guide and the firstname.lastname@example.org email remains active. However, all apps were disabled on January 30, 2017 and data can no longer be exported or accessed. While the data is gone, it remains possible to spin up your own open-source Parse Server.
The Parse Server acts as a backend that can be run on any infrastructure running Node.js. The source code can be found at GitHub. Parse Server does not access the formerly hosted Parse Backend as a Service. Rather, Parse Server uses MongoDB directly. Apps can be developed and tested locally using Node. Minimum requirements include Node 4.3, MongoDB version 2.6X or 3.0X, Python 2.X, and an infrastructure provider like Heroku or AWS.
Facebook acquired Parse in 2013, after two years of rapid growth since Parse's founding in 2011. The popular Backend as a Service allowed front-end developers to focus on their expertise while Parse took care of the backend database in a cloud environment. Parse was no doubt a huge expense for Facebook, but was not necessarily the revenue generator like some of its other products and services in the areas of analytics, monetization, discovery, authentication and more.