VersionEye


The VersionEye project started in 2012. Back then I (Robert Reiz) was looking for a tool to track the open source dependencies I used in my Java projects with Maven. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything, that's why I decided to write my own tool. I implemented a crawler which fetched metadata from Maven central on a daily basis and notified me about out-dated dependencies in my Maven projects.

I showed my little tool to some friends and they asked me if I could do the same for other languages likes Python, Ruby and so on. So I extended my crawling framework to other languages and build a little UI for it there everybody could sign up for free and just use it.

Later on, the users asked me if I could collect license and security information about the open source dependencies and send out email notifications about them. I implemented that feature request because it made sense and I wanted to have it on my own.

I implemented some paid features and asked my users for Money. Unfortunately, the big majority, more than 99%, didn't convert to paid users. I ended up with some paid users and a handful of Enterprise customers. For a while, I could make a living out of it but in the meanwhile, other competitors with big VC Money entered the market. After 6 years of VersionEye, I decided to move on and to shut down the project. I wrote a blog post about my decision here.

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