Yahoo shuts down Pipes, Maps and other services

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 5, 2015
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Internet, Yahoo

Yahoo Inc. announced the shut down of several company products including Yahoo Maps and Pipes yesterday.

Yahoo Pipes, which we first covered back in 2008 here on Ghacks, is one of the prominent products that Yahoo selected to discontinue.

The service allowed you to collect and use data from around the web to create new products or information based services.

For instance, Pipes allowed you to combine multiple RSS feeds into a single feed, turn feeds that display only a summary to full feeds, or watch item price developments on eBay or other sites.

It allowed you to use Pipes created by other users or create your own. The two-staged shutdown of Pipes begins August 30, 2015 when the service won't support the creation of new Pipes anymore. Existing pipes will remain available in read-only mode until September 30, 2015 when the service is shut down for good.

Pipe creators who want to download their creations can export pipes to json format by using the following url structure:

The only part that needs to be modified is the ID which is clearly visible on the Pipes website.

Yahoo Pipes alternatives

You may want to check out the following Pipes alternatives:

  • ClickScript - A visual programming language that looks similar to Pipes It is open source and can be tested directly on the site without creation of an account.
  • Quadrigram - A business tool to create and publish data driven websites.
  • Superpipes - An open source tool build with Superfeedr.

The second popular product that Yahoo decided to shut down is Yahoo Maps. The company announced that it will shut down Yahoo Maps at the end of June 2015.

While the main maps interface is shut down, access remains on several Yahoo products such as search or Flickr which have integrated the mapping service.

Yahoo Maps alternatives

The following mapping services can be used instead:

Several other products are mentioned on the official Yahoo blog:

  1. Yahoo Mail support on older iOS devices. Yahoo won't support the built-in mail application on pre-iOS 5 devices starting June 15, 2015. The company recommends to use a browser instead to load in it.
  2. Yahoo Contacts syncing on older Macs: Yahoo Contacts syncing won't be supported anymore on Mac OS X 10.7 or earlier starting June 15, 2015. The company recommends to use the web interface instead.
  3. GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs: The two APIs will be retired in the third quarter of 2015. Yahoo recommends to switch to Yahoo Query Language and Boss instead.
  4. Yahoo Music will be closed in France and Canady in mid-June.
  5. Yahoo Movies will be closed in Spain in mid-June.
  6. The Yahoo Philippines homepage will be shut down and be redirected to Yahoo Singapore instead.
  7. Yahoo TV will be shut down in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Canada at the end of June.
  8. Yahoo Autos will be shut down in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy at the same time.
  9. Yahoo Entertainment in Singapore shuts down in early July.

Now You: Are you affected by the shut down?

Yahoo shuts down Pipes, Maps and other services
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  1. Georgian Stanescu said on July 2, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I honestly never heard of any of them in particular Pipes. hahaah. Maps thou, is a big shocker. Considrering I didn’t even know they had a Mapping Service. TV and Movies esp will be sorry to go.

  2. Gurmeet said on June 18, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I’m very disappointed to learn this. I’ve been using their maps for as long as I can remember – NEVER had a problem. I viewed driving directions to another town using both google and yahoo. Google had me taking a number of side roads and their directions were confusing (are the un-numbered directions supposed to be previews? very confusing).

    It is nearly an hour’s drive for an appointment so I cannot afford to be wandering all over the countryside. Yahoo was straight forward, although they didn’t get the exact location of my home but that’s not a problem. There were 3 roads I have to use and it does not require that I take a number of side roads (and then doubling back according to google). I will miss this service.

  3. mikef90000 said on June 8, 2015 at 12:12 am

    The Maps service is a little redundant since it is has been powered by MS Bing. They never capitalized on the continual dumbing down of Google Maps ‘My Maps’, but that’s probably due to common mindset of their designers – Only Social Matters.
    Groups almost disappeared until they realized it could get the ‘Social’ treatment. Unfortunately the great Yahoo profile system was the casualty. Since Groups are so easily created with no moderation, the domain is cluttered with similar sounding and stale groups. Even ‘official’ ones are harder to find in the new Help structure. Arrgghh.

  4. Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries said on June 7, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I’m just sorry to see the long, slow, steady decline of Yahoo.

    Once upon a time, it was *the* service. Now it’s just a big old nuisance.

    Some of my oldest mailing lists (i.e., advertising) still come to Yahoo, and of course, groups activity (which is rare, because most of the groups have died). I had a few alerts set, which gave me a headache when Yahoo shut down the front end. (I won that round, but only because my alerts were set to a non-Yahoo address that I simply disconnected when Yahoo flat-out refused to help me.)

    I never bothered with many of the newer offerings because Yahoo kept shutting down the services I did use. So, no loss. The only reason I keep the account at all is that I’m equally lazy and sentimental. (I registered the account before the turn of the century.)

  5. hTH4 said on June 6, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Re: The closure of Yahoo! Philippines homepage, the current status of the local award “Yahoo! Celebrity (formerly OMG!) Awards” (which there was a under-the-radar controversy happened some year back with alleged vote inflation of certain nominees) is uncertain. Local media currently underreport the closure of Yahoo! Philippines.

    Since the Marissa Meyer era, the Tumblr acquisition happened (which caused divisions within its fanbase), lots of acqui-hires (some of them broke start-up fans’ hearts) happened, and now these. What a reverse of diversification due to low traffic.

  6. ams said on June 6, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Martin, you didn’t mention whether YOU are personally affected by any of these terminations.
    (ps: article description blurb has typo “shot down”)

    I’m not affected, directly, by any of these terminations but I do wonder how many of the sites I regularly visit will be crippled by the closure of pipes.

    Wow, such a short notice for “Maps” closure, eh? Cutting the limb out from under lotta “mash-up -ers”. Do the closures of these services represent the end of an era?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 6, 2015 at 8:56 am

      No, I’m not affected. I did use Pipes in the past and liked it a lot but the service somehow got less reliable and that is when I stopped using it. I really like the idea though.

  7. Chase said on June 6, 2015 at 2:12 am

    I wish Flickr would go this route, since I’ve apparently been paying for a premium account for a few extra years longer than they’ve had a reason to even have such a thing. Flickr is just good enough to work but is quickly being outclassed by other offerings, potentially Google Photos for some people. Personally, I have yet to find a decent archive/sharing space for photographs that doesn’t involve Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox.

    1. ams said on June 6, 2015 at 6:50 am

      How about Does imgur API lack functionality compared to that of flickr?

  8. Patrick said on June 6, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Part of me always thought that when Google Reader shut down, Yahoo had a great opportunity to pickup those disgruntled used, and should have looked to buy Feedly and integrate it with Pipes, which is how I use it.

  9. interstellar said on June 6, 2015 at 12:55 am


    Just tried “ClickScript”,
    the 1st alternative you suggested.

    But the uBlock (Original) addon
    in my FF/Palemoon browser,
    gives this message:
    (instead of loading the “ClickScript” page)

    “uBlockâ‚€ has prevented the following page from loading:
    because of the following filter:

    Anybody else sees this warning?
    False alarm?

  10. Steve said on June 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I remember when they closed the yahoo briefcase. more than a decade ago, I was basically the only one using it in my class, specially in IT, to save the stuff we made on class. I don’t use pipes, but I know people who use it. the same as it was with google reader. fortunately there are alternatives. companies prefer to shut down useful services used by less people, and keep superfluous services used by many people.

  11. pg5 said on June 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Yup, I filter most of my over 100 feeds with pipes.

  12. Marcin said on June 5, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    This is a terrible news for me.
    I have something like 200+ pipes, and now only have 3 months to find a solution.

    Bad day.

    I will look into alternatives you’ve suggested, I hope it helps me.

  13. Patrick said on June 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Yes, I use Pipes to control dozens of RSS feeds I read, either to get at the full articles I want or to remove junk and advertising. I knew this day would come with Pipes, I just wish there was an alternative in place.

  14. SCBright said on June 5, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    The answer is no. I really forgot that Yahoo still exists. :)

  15. Ryan Jones said on June 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Yahoo had a good run, but the fact they are getting passed over by a huge chunk of the market in terms of innovations is their downfall. I don’t think they can see 10 inches from their faces and have been making mistakes since Google hit the scene (which they were offered twice and turned it down). It’ll be a loss to some, but there are better more powerful alternatives out there.

  16. Nebulus said on June 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I only use their email service, so I’m not affected directly by this. But as I always say, less alternatives means less freedom of choice for users.

  17. viola said on June 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Are you affected by the shut down?

    yes, I use several pipes. will have to look for an alternative now …

  18. Tom Hawack said on June 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

    To answer straightforwardly to the question “Are you affected by the shut down?” : no
    There is not one Yahoo! service I use. Not sure why. Perhaps I don’t see what it brings (me) compared to other companies, more subjectively I’ve never felt a Yahoo! specificity. Always that lingering impression it is running for survival by means of short-term thinking, mainly fast cash, rather than on the road of a global strategy crafted around originality. I just don’t like the company, never had. I mean, tomorrow Yahoo! would disappear that I believe I’d hardly notice it. Like RealNetworks and a few others… you know, those things which have a history but who hardly anyone ever talks about unless to mention “Hey, they still exist?” …

    1. interstellar said on June 6, 2015 at 12:36 am

      Agree 100%
      with Tom Hawack’s comment (above).

  19. Joel said on June 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I’m honestly too young to have benefited from any Yahoo products infact I’m not even really sure if I have an account. So no.
    I’m pretty sure the only Yahoo product I’ve used is Tumblr. That’s about it.

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