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Firebase vs Parse: What are the differences?

Firebase and Parse are both mobile and web app development platforms that provide backend services. While they share similarities, there are several key differences between the two.

  1. Pricing Model: Firebase offers a flexible pricing model, where users can pay based on their usage. In contrast, Parse had a fixed pricing model but is now open source and free to use. Firebase's pricing structure allows for more scalability and cost-effectiveness, especially for smaller projects.

  2. Real-time Database: Firebase is known for its real-time database, which allows for synchronization across multiple devices in real-time. Parse, on the other hand, does not offer a native real-time database feature. This makes Firebase a better choice for applications that require real-time updates and collaborative features.

  3. Push Notifications: Firebase provides a robust and easy-to-use push notification service, Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM). Parse also offers push notifications, but Firebase's FCM has more advanced features and provides better overall performance and delivery.

  4. Analytics and Crash Reporting: Firebase includes a comprehensive analytics and crash reporting tool called Firebase Analytics and Firebase Crashlytics. Parse does not offer any built-in analytics or crash reporting functionalities. This makes Firebase a preferable choice for developers who prioritize data-driven optimization and bug tracking.

  5. Authentication: Firebase provides a wide range of authentication options, including email/password, Google, Facebook, and Twitter sign-in. Parse offers basic email/password authentication but lacks the plethora of authentication methods available in Firebase. This makes Firebase a better choice for applications that require diverse authentication options.

  6. Offline Support: Firebase's real-time database and Firestore have built-in offline support, allowing the app to function without an internet connection. Parse, on the other hand, does not have native offline support. This makes Firebase more suitable for applications that need to work seamlessly both online and offline.

In summary, Firebase offers a more flexible pricing model, a real-time database, advanced push notification services, extensive analytics and crash reporting tools, diverse authentication options, and built-in offline support compared to Parse.

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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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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 Parse
  • 371
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 270
    Fast and responsive
  • 242
    Easy setup
  • 215
    Real-time
  • 191
    JSON
  • 134
    Free
  • 128
    Backed by google
  • 83
    Angular adaptor
  • 68
    Reliable
  • 36
    Great customer support
  • 32
    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
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 6
    Firebase hosting
  • 6
    Ios adaptor
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 4
    Speed of light
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Great
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 2
    Free hosting
  • 2
    Cloud functions
  • 2
    JS Offline and Sync suport
  • 2
    Low battery consumption
  • 2
    .net
  • 2
    The concurrent updates create a great experience
  • 2
    Push notification
  • 2
    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
  • 2
    Great all-round functionality
  • 2
    Free authentication solution
  • 1
    Easy Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Google's support
  • 1
    Free SSL
  • 1
    CDN & cache out of the box
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Large
  • 1
    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
  • 1
    Simple and easy
  • 118
    Easy setup
  • 78
    Free hosting
  • 62
    Well-documented
  • 52
    Cheap
  • 47
    Use push notifications in 3 lines of code
  • 41
    Fast
  • 39
    Cloud code
  • 32
    Good for prototypes
  • 31
    Cloud modules
  • 27
    Backed by facebook
  • 7
    Parse Push
  • 7
    Cross Platform
  • 6
    Parse Analytics
  • 6
    Multiplatform
  • 6
    Parse Core
  • 5
    Quick chat and profile capabilities
  • 5
    Free Tier
  • 5
    Cloud Based
  • 4
    Nice security concept
  • 4
    Free
  • 3
    About to Die
  • 3
    Local Datastore
  • 3
    Backend as a service
  • 3
    Backbone Models
  • 3
    Geopoints
  • 2
    Anonymous Users
  • 2
    Easy to use

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Cons of Firebase
Cons of Parse
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    Can become expensive
  • 16
    No open source, you depend on external company
  • 15
    Scalability is not infinite
  • 9
    Not Flexible Enough
  • 7
    Cant filter queries
  • 3
    Very unstable server
  • 3
    No Relational Data
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    Too many errors
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    No offline sync
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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 Parse?

    With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured app in record time without ever worrying about server management. We offer push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app’s backend with Cloud Code.

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