Socket.IO vs Supabase: What are the differences?
What is Socket.IO? Realtime application framework (Node.JS server). It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.
What is Supabase? The open source Firebase alternative. Supabase is currently in early-Alpha .It is an open-source Firebase alternative. It adds realtime and RESTful APIs to your PostgreSQL database without a single line of code.
Socket.IO and Supabase can be primarily classified as "Realtime Backend / API" tools.
Some of the features offered by Socket.IO are:
- Real-time analytics - Push data to clients that gets represented as real-time counters, charts or logs.
- Binary streaming - Starting in 1.0, it's possible to send any blob back and forth: image, audio, video.
- Instant messaging and chat - Socket.IO's "Hello world" is a chat app in just a few lines of code.
On the other hand, Supabase provides the following key features:
- Full Postgres database
- Instant RESTful API
- Realtime notifications via websockets
Socket.IO is an open source tool with 49.8K GitHub stars and 9.07K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Socket.IO's open source repository on GitHub.