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Firebase vs Google Cloud Pub/Sub: What are the differences?

Firebase: The Realtime App Platform. Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds; Google Cloud Pub/Sub: Global service for real-time and reliable messaging and streaming data. Cloud Pub/Sub is a fully-managed real-time messaging service that allows you to send and receive messages between independent applications. You can leverage Cloud Pub/Sub’s flexibility to decouple systems and components hosted on Google Cloud Platform or elsewhere on the Internet.

Firebase and Google Cloud Pub/Sub belong to "Realtime Backend / API" category of the tech stack.

Instacart, 9GAG, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use Firebase, whereas Google Cloud Pub/Sub is used by 9GAG, Evernote, and Resultados Digitais. Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 859 company stacks & 992 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud Pub/Sub, which is listed in 75 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.

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We are starting to work on a web-based platform aiming to connect artists (clients) and professional freelancers (service providers). In-app, timeline-based, real-time communication between users (& storing it), file transfers, and push notifications are essential core features. We are considering using Node.js, ExpressJS, React, MongoDB stack with Socket.IO & Apollo, or maybe using Real-Time Database and functionalities of Firebase.

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Timothy Malstead
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I would recommend looking hard into Firebase for this project, especially if you do not have dedicated full-stack or backend members on your team.

The real time database, as you mentioned, is a great option, but I would also look into Firestore. Similar to RTDB, it adds more functions and some cool methods as well. Also, another great thing about Firebase is you have easy access to storage and dead simple auth as well.

Node.js Express MongoDB Socket.IO and Apollo are great technologies as well, and may be the better option if you do not wish to cede as much control to third parties in your application.

Overall, I say if you wish to focus more time developing your React application instead of other parts of your stack, Firebase is a great way to do that.

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Hello Noam 👋,

I suggest taking a look at Ably, it has all the realtime features you need and the platform is designed to guarantee critical functionality at scale.

Here is an in depth comparison between Ably and Firebase

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8base8base

Hey Noam,

I would recommend you to take a look into 8base. It has features you've requested, also relation database and GraphQL API which will help you to develop rapidly.

Thanks, Ilya

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Pros of Firebase
Pros of Google Cloud Pub/Sub
  • 367
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 268
    Fast and responsive
  • 239
    Easy setup
  • 212
    Real-time
  • 188
    JSON
  • 132
    Free
  • 126
    Backed by google
  • 82
    Angular adaptor
  • 67
    Reliable
  • 35
    Great customer support
  • 30
    Great documentation
  • 25
    Real-time synchronization
  • 21
    Mobile friendly
  • 18
    Rapid prototyping
  • 14
    Great security
  • 12
    Automatic scaling
  • 11
    Freakingly awesome
  • 8
    Chat
  • 8
    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
  • 8
    Super fast development
  • 6
    Ios adaptor
  • 6
    Firebase hosting
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 6
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 4
    Speed of light
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 3
    Great
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
  • 2
    Low battery consumption
  • 2
    Free hosting
  • 2
    Cloud functions
  • 2
    Push notification
  • 2
    JS Offline and Sync suport
  • 2
    Free authentication solution
  • 2
    The concurrent updates create a great experience
  • 2
    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
  • 2
    Great all-round functionality
  • 1
    Easy Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Free SSL
  • 1
    CDN & cache out of the box
  • 1
    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Google's support
  • 1
    .net
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
  • 1
    Large
  • 9
    Easy to set-up and start with
  • 4
    Https://github.com/googleapis/nodejs-pubsub
  • 2
    FYI it has a github repo. please add it
  • 2
    A great choice for microservice architecture
  • 2
    Efficient and practical for complex systems

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Cons of Firebase
Cons of Google Cloud Pub/Sub
  • 31
    Can become expensive
  • 15
    No open source, you depend on external company
  • 15
    Scalability is not infinite
  • 9
    Not Flexible Enough
  • 6
    Cant filter queries
  • 3
    No Relational Data
  • 3
    Very unstable server
  • 2
    No offline sync
  • 2
    Too many errors
  • 2
    Need integration with stackdriver for monitoring

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What is Firebase?

Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.

What is Google Cloud Pub/Sub?

Cloud Pub/Sub is a fully-managed real-time messaging service that allows you to send and receive messages between independent applications. You can leverage Cloud Pub/Sub’s flexibility to decouple systems and components hosted on Google Cloud Platform or elsewhere on the Internet.

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