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Firebase vs SQLite: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is SQLite? A software library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. SQLite is an embedded SQL database engine. Unlike most other SQL databases, SQLite does not have a separate server process. SQLite reads and writes directly to ordinary disk files. A complete SQL database with multiple tables, indices, triggers, and views, is contained in a single disk file.

Firebase belongs to "Realtime Backend / API" category of the tech stack, while SQLite can be primarily classified under "Databases".

"Realtime backend made easy", "Fast and responsive" and "Easy setup" are the key factors why developers consider Firebase; whereas "Lightweight", "Portable" and "Simple" are the primary reasons why SQLite is favored.

According to the StackShare community, Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 859 company stacks & 997 developers stacks; compared to SQLite, which is listed in 314 company stacks and 478 developer stacks.

Pros of Firebase
Pros of SQLite
  • 357
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 261
    Fast and responsive
  • 233
    Easy setup
  • 206
    Real-time
  • 184
    JSON
  • 126
    Free
  • 120
    Backed by google
  • 80
    Angular adaptor
  • 62
    Reliable
  • 36
    Great customer support
  • 25
    Great documentation
  • 22
    Real-time synchronization
  • 19
    Mobile friendly
  • 17
    Rapid prototyping
  • 12
    Great security
  • 10
    Automatic scaling
  • 9
    Freakingly awesome
  • 8
    Chat
  • 8
    Super fast development
  • 8
    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 6
    Ios adaptor
  • 5
    Firebase hosting
  • 5
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
  • 3
    Great
  • 2
    Low battery consumption
  • 2
    The concurrent updates create a great experience
  • 2
    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
  • 2
    Great all-round functionality
  • 2
    Speed of light
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
  • 1
    .net
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    Large
  • 1
    JS Offline and Sync suport
  • 1
    Easy Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Push notification
  • 160
    Lightweight
  • 134
    Portable
  • 121
    Simple
  • 80
    Sql
  • 28
    Preinstalled on iOS and Android
  • 1
    Free
  • 1
    Telefon
  • 1
    Tcl integration
  • 1
    Portable A database on my USB 'love it'

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Cons of Firebase
Cons of SQLite
  • 25
    Can become expensive
  • 14
    No open source, you depend on external company
  • 14
    Scalability is not infinite
  • 9
    Not Flexible Enough
  • 5
    Cant filter queries
  • 3
    Very unstable server
  • 2
    Too many errors
  • 2
    No Relational Data
  • 2
    Not for multi-process of multithreaded apps
  • 1
    Needs different binaries for each platform

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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 SQLite?

SQLite is an embedded SQL database engine. Unlike most other SQL databases, SQLite does not have a separate server process. SQLite reads and writes directly to ordinary disk files. A complete SQL database with multiple tables, indices, triggers, and views, is contained in a single disk file.

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