The Defold Dashboard was created as a simple alternative for small teams to quickly get up and running with project hosting and analytics. For most use cases it works well enough and for a time it was the only choice when getting started with Defold. We have since the public launch of Defold, based on user feedback, made several changes to project creation and hosting to make it easier to start and host new projects on other services such as GitHub. And with the release of our native extension system we have also opened up the field for very easy integration of third party analytics services such as GameAnalytics, Firebase Analytics and more.
We are pleased to see that these changes have been wholeheartedly embraced by our community. External project hosting has skyrocketed and the number of extensions created by the community has grown rapidly. When we take all these changes into account we have come to the conclusion that the Dashboard has played out its role and we have therefore decided to shut down the project hosting and analytics service. We will shut down the dashboard and analytics service in 30 days (22nd of September 2019). You must migrate any projects and analytics data from the dashboard before this date. Failure to do so will leave your projects and data permanently unavailable.
How do I migrate my projects?
If you have a project hosted on the Dashboard you can easily download a copy of all files by clicking on the Download Project icon next to your project in the project listing on the Dashboard.
You can also migrate a dashboard hosted project that is located on your local harddrive to GitHub by following these instructions. The Project Setup manual describes in detail how to create new local projects and how to add them to GitHub.
How do I migrate my analytics data?
If you wish to export your analytics data then please reach out to us at email@example.com. Alternative analytics services with support for Defold are:
- Facebook Analytics - for games on Facebook
- Firebase Analytics - mobile
- GameAnalytics - desktop, mobile and web
- Google Analytics - desktop, mobile and web
- PlayFab - desktop, mobile and web
The community pages for games and assets will be affected by the shutdown of the dashboard since they are linked to dashboard projects. The Asset pages on the Asset Portal will be replaced by a stand-alone solution without any dependency on the dashboard. We will reach out to asset creators separately and we will help them migrate their assets. The Game pages will be shut down and we recommend itch.io for game hosting going forward.