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CleverTap vs Firebase: What are the differences?

Developers describe CleverTap as "Blazing fast analytics, powerful real-time segmentation, multi-channel messaging, A/B testing and personalization". We help over 3500 brands, including Jio, Cleartrip, BookMyShow, Curiosity, McDonalds, Sony, DC Comics, and Denver Broncos understand app behavior, and make their marketing data-driven. On the other hand, Firebase is detailed as "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.

CleverTap and Firebase are primarily classified as "Mobile Analytics" and "Realtime Backend / API" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by CleverTap are:

  • Funnels
  • Retention Cohorts
  • Attribution

On the other hand, Firebase provides the following key features:

  • Add the Firebase library to your app and get access to a shared data structure. Any changes made to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
  • Firebase apps can be written entirely with client-side code, update in real-time out-of-the-box, interoperate well with existing services, scale automatically, and provide strong data security.
  • Data Accessibility- Data is stored as JSON in Firebase. Every piece of data has its own URL which can be used in Firebase's client libraries and as a REST endpoint. These URLs can also be entered into a browser to view the data and watch it update in real-time.

"Great real time analytics and engagement tool" is the top reason why over 3 developers like CleverTap, while over 318 developers mention "Realtime backend made easy" as the leading cause for choosing Firebase.

Instacart, 9GAG, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use Firebase, whereas CleverTap is used by CleverTap, Rapido, and Triporate. Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 859 company stacks & 997 developers stacks; compared to CleverTap, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 3 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 馃憢,

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 CleverTap
Pros of Firebase
  • 6
    Great real time analytics and engagement tool
  • 3
    Powerful user segments
  • 3
    Real-time insights and analytics
  • 3
    Beautiful inapp notifications
  • 3
    Custom events and profiles
  • 3
    Cost effective
  • 2
    Free
  • 1
    40 Million Notification Per/Min
  • 1
    Good Analytical too
  • 367
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 268
    Fast and responsive
  • 240
    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
    Firebase hosting
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 6
    Ios adaptor
  • 6
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 4
    Speed of light
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Great
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
  • 2
    Push notification
  • 2
    Free hosting
  • 2
    Free authentication solution
  • 2
    Cloud functions
  • 2
    JS Offline and Sync suport
  • 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
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Easy Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Free SSL
  • 1
    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Google's support
  • 1
    Simple and easy
  • 1
    CDN &聽cache out of the box
  • 1
    Large
  • 1
    .net
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    Good Free Limits

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Cons of CleverTap
Cons of Firebase
  • 1
    Too expensive
  • 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
    Too many errors
  • 2
    No offline sync

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What is CleverTap?

We help over 3500 brands, including Jio, Cleartrip, BookMyShow, Curiosity, McDonalds, Sony, DC Comics, and Denver Broncos understand app behavior, and make their marketing data-driven.

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.

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