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Sourcegraph is expanding its universal code search platform to the cloud and in the method indexing millions of public repositories from GitHub and GitLab so anybody can search them. The launch comes hot on the heels of a $125 million series D funding round that valued the organization at a hefty $2.6 billion.
“We’re launching Sourcegraph.com as a full-fledged product for searching the open source universe,” Sourcegraph cofounder and CTO Beyang Liu told VentureBeat.
Big code difficulty
Founded in 2013, Sourcegraph set out to “tackle the big code problem” with a platform that addresses the expanding volume and assortment of supply code most enterprises have to deal with across their projects. With just about every organization now basically a software program organization, they all have to deal with code (to varying degrees). But as these codebases develop and more repositories and developer tools are thrown into the giant coding cauldron, it becomes trickier to handle all the things and tougher for developers to meet sprint deadlines.
To address this challenge, Sourcegraph combines the numerous strands that make up a modern day developer operations (DevOps) stack, spanning repositories, programming languages, file formats, editors, and more. Through Sourcegraph, developers can come across and repair points more immediately, figure out how to use a distinct function, establish what effect altering a piece of code will have on dependencies, automate substantial-scale refactors, and more.
So far, Sourcegraph prospects such as Amazon, Cloudflare, Uber, and PayPal have had to run self-hosted Sourcegraph situations. But as aspect of its mission to index the complete open supply internet and make it searchable, the San Francisco-based organization is also ushering the small business side of its operations into the hosted cloud era.
While this will no doubt appeal to startups and person coders, provided that the cloud tends to make it less difficult to collaborate and search for repositories, it will also open Sourcegraph’s target market place to a broader variety of enterprise prospects who favor a cloud item.
The organization hasn’t provided a particular date for this shift, but it stated today’s announcement sets the wheels in motion for a “bigger launch” this fall that will bring Sourcegraph “to a new batch of companies.”
Sourcegraph’s new portal is a search engine for code that enables anybody to come across and pore more than millions of open supply projects and individual private code for totally free — the capacity to add private repositories to Sourcegraph’s cloud wasn’t readily available to the public prior to now. Sourcegraph will also charge corporations to upload their private repositories so internal developers can search them from their browser.
“This is a significant move for us as a company because it signals our shift to a SaaS business model,” Liu stated.
Prior to now, Sourcegraph.com was “basically a great big demo of Sourcegraph Enterprise,” according to Liu, which means there was no way for customers to add their personal public or private repositories. “The search index was big by internal codebase standards but small compared to the overall volume of interesting open source [projects],” he stated.
Though the public code search interface has been live for some time currently as a proof of idea, for today’s official launch Sourcegraph has indexed the leading 1 million repositories on GitHub and roughly 12,000 from GitLab. By the finish of the year, it plans to push the total figure to more than 5 million — just about every GitHub and GitLab repository with more than one star.
“We’re prioritizing by quality because when you’re searching over code, you care about finding the best function or best usage example, not just some random code snippet that might contain bugs,” Liu explained.
Sourcegraph will also incorporate prominent open supply projects that are not on either GitHub or GitLab, and developers will be capable to manually add any repository themselves, regardless of its star rating.
“Google for code”
While code is currently searchable by means of its respective code hosts, Liu likens the status quo to that of internet search in the days of AltaVista.
“What we’re building is more like a Google for code,” Liu explained. “Sourcegraph is obviously quite different from Google Search, because code is a very different form of data. But it’s similar in that we’re solving the search problem as a first-class citizen — we’ve invested in deep technology that enables us to build a much better user experience. And as a consequence, developers who use Sourcegraph find themselves searching over code an order of magnitude more than when they were just using their code host’s search functionality.”
Pooling GitHub and GitLab will most likely cover the lion’s share of “worthwhile” open supply projects and make them searchable by means of a single interface, saving developers from possessing to stop by diverse channels and interfaces to come across what they’re seeking for.
“We see this all the time with our customers that have multiple code hosts — one of the big draws of Sourcegraph is it’s intuitive and everything is accessible in one place,” Liu explained. “Now we can have all the open source discoverable in one place too.”