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Parse, Inc.
Industrymobile backend as a service Edit this on Wikidata
FoundedJune 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)

Parse was a mobile backend as a service platform originally developed by the provider Parse, Inc. The company was acquired by Facebook in 2013 and shut down in January 2017.[1][2] Following the announcement in 2016 of the impending shutdown, the platform was subsequently open sourced.

Since the hosted service was shut down, Parse Platform has grown into an open source community with its own blog, documentation, and community forum.


Parse was founded in 2011 by Tikhon Bernstam,[3] Ilya Sukhar, James Yu, and Kevin Lacker, previously at Google and Y Combinator. The firm produces back-end tools for mobile developers that help mobile developers store data in the cloud, manage identity log-ins, handle push notifications and run custom code in the cloud.

On November 9, 2011, it raised $5.5 million in venture capital funding.[4][5] In 2012, its tools were being used by 20,000 mobile developers and that number was growing at 40% monthly.[6] On Sept 11, 2012, it added the ability to create custom code on the back end.[7]

Fast Company named Parse one of the top 50 most innovative companies of 2013.[8]

Facebook acquired the firm for $85 million in 2013.[9][10][11][12]

In 2014, Parse was reported to power 500,000 mobile apps.[13][14]

On 28 January 2016, Facebook announced that it will close down Parse, with services effectively shutting down on 28 January 2017.[15][16] The service operated until 30 January 2017, at which point all users needed to have migrated their applications to other platforms.[17] Parse did open the application source code in order to allow users to perform the migration and release Parse Server.[18][unreliable source?] A range of vendors are able to host Parse applications, providing migration alternatives.

Prior to the Build 2016 Conference, Microsoft announced a Parse Server on Azure Managed Services, as an easy way for developers to migrate from the soon-to-be-defunct Facebook service.[19]


  1. ^ Novet, Jordan. "Facebook Parse now lets you easily deploy mobile apps to Heroku". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  2. ^ Miners, Zach. "Facebook buys Parse, gets into development tools business".
  3. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "YC-Funded Parse: A Heroku For Mobile Apps". Techcrunch. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "Parse, The 'Heroku For Mobile', Raises $5.5 Million Series A". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  5. ^ Taylor, Colleen (2011-11-09). "Parse raises $5.5M to give any mobile app a home in the cloud". Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  6. ^ Lynley, Matt. "This Startup Could Literally Change The Way The Entire App Industry Works". Business Insider. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  7. ^ Grant, Rebecca. "Hey, mobile app developers, get on the Parse cloud". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
  8. ^ McCorvey, J.J. "Most Innovative Companies 2013". Fast Company.
  9. ^ Rusli, Evelyn. "Facebook to Buy Mobile Startup Parse in Cash-and-Stock Deal". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  10. ^ Cutler, Kim-Mai. "Facebook Buys Parse To Offer Mobile Development Tools As Its First Paid B2B Service". Techcrunch.
  11. ^ Hickey, Matt. "Facebook Buys Mobile App Platform Parse". Forbes. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  12. ^ Purdy, Doug. "Welcoming Parse to Facebook". Facebook. Facebook blog.
  13. ^ Novet, Jordan. "Devs have built 500K apps on Facebook's Parse, with Asia seeing 90% growth in first half of 2014". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  14. ^ Metz, Cade. "Facebook Buys Its Way Into the Heart of the App World". Wired. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  15. ^ "Moving On".
  16. ^ Mike Isaac and Quentin Hardy (January 28, 2016). "Facebook to Shut Down Parse, Its Platform for Mobile Developers".
  17. ^ Fitz Tepper (January 30, 2017). "Facebook's Parse developer platform is shutting down today".
  18. ^ "Parse Server Dossier – All you need to know about Parse shutdown".
  19. ^ Hall, Adrian. "Announcing the publication of Parse Server with Azure Managed Services". Microsoft Azure. Retrieved 2016-04-02.

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