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Alternatives to Pushpin

Socket.IO, Nchan, Fanout, Django Channels, and Firebase are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Pushpin.
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What is Pushpin and what are its top alternatives?

Pushpin is a reverse proxy server that makes it easy to build realtime web services. The project is unique among realtime push solutions in that it is designed to address the needs of API creators.
Pushpin is a tool in the Realtime Backend / API category of a tech stack.
Pushpin is an open source tool with 3K GitHub stars and 129 GitHub forks. Here鈥檚 a link to Pushpin's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Pushpin

  • Socket.IO

    Socket.IO

    It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed. ...

  • Nchan

    Nchan

    It is built as a module for the Nginx web server. It can be configured as a standalone server, or as a shim between your application and hundreds, thousands, or millions of live subscribers. It can buffer messages in memory, on-disk, or via Redis. ...

  • Fanout

    Fanout

    Fanout makes it easy to build realtime APIs and apps. The product is a cross between a reverse proxy and a message broker. Receivers subscribe to channels, and published data is delivered in realtime. ...

  • Django Channels

    Django Channels

    It does this by taking the core of Django and adding a fully asynchronous layer underneath, running Django itself in a synchronous mode but handling connections and sockets asynchronously, and giving you the choice to write in either style. ...

  • Firebase

    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. ...

  • Pusher

    Pusher

    Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features. ...

  • SignalR

    SignalR

    SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization. ...

  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub

    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鈥檚 flexibility to decouple systems and components hosted on Google Cloud Platform or elsewhere on the Internet. ...

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Socket.IO

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PROS OF SOCKET.IO
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    Real-time
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    Event-based communication
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    Node.js
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    Open source
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    WebSockets
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    Binary streaming
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    No internet dependency
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    Fallback to polling if WebSockets not supported
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    Large community
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    Ease of access and setup
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    Push notification
CONS OF SOCKET.IO
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    Bad documentation
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    Githubs that complement it are mostly deprecated
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    Doesn't work on React Native
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    Websocket Errors
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    Small community

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I use Socket.IO because the application has 2 frontend clients, which need to communicate in real-time. The backend-server handles the communication between these two clients via websockets. Socket.io is very easy to set up in Node.js and ExpressJS.

In the research project, the 1st client shows panoramic videos in a so called cave system (it is the VR setup of our research lab, which consists of three big screens, which are specially arranged, so the user experience the videos more immersive), the 2nd client controls the videos/locations of the 1st client.

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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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Nchan

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A scalable, flexible pub/sub server for the modern web
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      Fanout

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          Django Channels

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            Hey everyone, I am planning to start a personal project that would be yet another social media project with real-time communication facilities like one-to-one chat, group chat, and later voice and video chat using WebRTC. The thing I am concerned about is Django being able to handle all the real-time stuff using websockets. I can use Django Channels, but I don't think that would be a very scalable solution. Moreover, django_channels require alto of configurations, and deployment is also a pain. My plan is to use a separate Node.js server to handle all the socket connections and have it talk to the main django server through Redis. My question is whether the above-mentioned solution is a good choice? If yes, how this can be achieved, keeping in mind all the authentication other related problems. It might be simple, but I have never done this before, which might be the main reason I am concerned. But any suggestion will be appreciated.

            Thanks in advance 馃槉

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            Firebase

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            PROS OF FIREBASE
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              Realtime backend made easy
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              Fast and responsive
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              Easy setup
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              Real-time
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              JSON
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              Free
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              Backed by google
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              Angular adaptor
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              Reliable
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              Great customer support
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              Great documentation
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              Real-time synchronization
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              Mobile friendly
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              Rapid prototyping
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              Great security
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              Automatic scaling
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              Freakingly awesome
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              Chat
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              Angularfire is an amazing addition!
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              Super fast development
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              Ios adaptor
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              Awesome next-gen backend
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              Built in user auth/oauth
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              Firebase hosting
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              Speed of light
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              Very easy to use
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              It's made development super fast
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              Brilliant for startups
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              Great
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              Low battery consumption
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              JS Offline and Sync suport
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              The concurrent updates create a great experience
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              I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
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              Great all-round functionality
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              Push notification
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              Free authentication solution
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              Free SSL
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              Faster workflow
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              Easy to use
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              Free hosting
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              Large
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              Serverless
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              Good Free Limits
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              CDN &聽cache out of the box
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              Easy Reactjs integration
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              Scalability is not infinite
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              No open source, you depend on external company
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              Not Flexible Enough
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              Cant filter queries
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              Very unstable server
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            Senior Solutions Engineer at Twilio | 14 upvotes 路 372.9K views

            Hi Otensia! I'd definitely recommend using the skills you've already got and building with JavaScript is a smart way to go these days. Most platform services have JavaScript/Node SDKs or NPM packages, many serverless platforms support Node in case you need to write any backend logic, and JavaScript is incredibly popular - meaning it will be easy to hire for, should you ever need to.

            My advice would be "don't reinvent the wheel". If you already have a skill set that will work well to solve the problem at hand, and you don't need it for any other projects, don't spend the time jumping into a new language. If you're looking for an excuse to learn something new, it would be better to invest that time in learning a new platform/tool that compliments your knowledge of JavaScript. For this project, I might recommend using Netlify, Vercel, or Google Firebase to quickly and easily deploy your web app. If you need to add user authentication, there are great examples out there for Firebase Authentication, Auth0, or even Magic (a newcomer on the Auth scene, but very user friendly). All of these services work very well with a JavaScript-based application.

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            Pusher

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            PROS OF PUSHER
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              Websockets
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              Simple
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              Easy to get started with
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              Free plan
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              Easy and fast to configure and to understand
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              Real-time
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              Fallback to SSE, forever frame, long polling
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              WebSockets
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              Simple
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              Ease of use
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            Google Cloud Pub/Sub

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            PROS OF GOOGLE CLOUD PUB/SUB
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              A great choice for microservice architecture
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              Efficient and practical for complex systems
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