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Cloudinary vs Firebase: What are the differences?

Developers describe Cloudinary as "An end-to-end image & video management solution for your web and mobile applications". Cloudinary is a cloud-based service that streamlines websites and mobile applications' entire image and video management needs - uploads, storage, administration, manipulations, and delivery. 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.

Cloudinary and Firebase are primarily classified as "Image Processing and Management" and "Realtime Backend / API" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Cloudinary are:

  • Upload images to a cloud-based storage
  • Upload video to cloud-based storage
  • Automatic backup and revision tracking

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.

"Easy setup" is the primary reason why developers consider Cloudinary over the competitors, whereas "Realtime backend made easy" was stated as the key factor in picking Firebase.

According to the StackShare community, Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 859 company stacks & 997 developers stacks; compared to Cloudinary, which is listed in 115 company stacks and 39 developer stacks.

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What is Cloudinary?

Cloudinary is a cloud-based service that streamlines websites and mobile applications' entire image and video management needs - uploads, storage, administration, manipulations, and delivery.

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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    Reviews of Cloudinary and Firebase
    Review ofCloudinaryCloudinary

    My website is https://cyberindia.in and I manage 95% of my images in cloudinary and I am happy slowly I will move all my images to cloudinary and become more happy :D . On a serious note Cloudinary Rocks ...

    Review ofFirebaseFirebase

    Firebase is great, cheap and very flexible. Their docs are very helpful and so is the customer support, but the one thing that is so awesome about firebase is that everything is done in realtime!

    Review ofCloudinaryCloudinary

    The art of technologies and delivering power potential with a huge flexibility makes cloudinary stand out in the crowd.

    Review ofFirebaseFirebase

    We were looking for a solution to find out about all the errors our customers experienced but never informed us about.

    How developers use Cloudinary and Firebase
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    Instacart uses FirebaseFirebase

    We use it for a few things. We use it internally for a few dashboards because it’s actually really nice to have real-time dashboard data with Firebase. We also use it extensively for live order updating. For example, when a shopper is picking your items, you'll be able to go on your order screen. There will be live showing like found or not found or whatever. You'll have live position updating of your shopper on the map. You will have live information of the status of the order like “Nicole is now picking up your order,” and all these kind of things, so you don’t have to reload the page or pull or anything. Just live updates happen natively through Firebase API, which is nice.

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    Instacart uses FirebaseFirebase

    We use it for a few things. We use it internally for a few dashboards because it’s actually really nice to have real-time dashboard data with Firebase. We also use it extensively for live order updating. For example, when a shopper is picking your items, you'll be able to go on your order screen. There will be live showing like found or not found or whatever. You'll have live position updating of your shopper on the map. You will have live information of the status of the order like “Nicole is now picking up your order,” and all these kind of things, so you don’t have to reload the page or pull or anything. Just live updates happen natively through Firebase API, which is nice.

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    ttandon uses FirebaseFirebase

    Used for storing results of users (malaria predictions) and displaying to user in the app. Although the realtime aspect wasn't huge in this project, it was much quicker to push data elements for each user as firebase elements since they were purely numerical and very small. And again, the idea of familiarity - I've worked with Firebase at previous hackathons, so no need to spend time going through docs, just straight to the coding.

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    NewCraft uses FirebaseFirebase

    Firebase let's us iterate quickly. We've used the Realtime Database to build rich UX features– like push notifications– fast. Likewise, Firebase Authentication and Cloud Functions save us from having to rebuild redundant server infrastructure. Even though Firebase can get pricey, we've saved money in developer time.

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    Ana Phi Sancho uses CloudinaryCloudinary

    Uploaded files are stored in the cloud and immediately made accessible. To transform, optimize and manage images and videos.The Future of Content Delivery and Management.Optimizing Video with Cloudinary and the HTML5 videoPlayer. https://cloudinary.com

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    Addo uses FirebaseFirebase

    Still in development, but we will soon (January 2016) be releasing a version that uses Firebase to keep the front end up to date in real time. Certain data are synchronised across RDS and Firebase to optimize the user experience.

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    papaver uses CloudinaryCloudinary

    we used this as our image hosting site at talenthouse. helped the cloundinary team with the video integration as we were one of the first users. also helped patch the cloudinary scala library.

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    Hunt Norment uses CloudinaryCloudinary

    4 years of experience with Cloudinary for cloud-based image processing and CDN.

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    Coolfront Technologies uses CloudinaryCloudinary

    Used in Coolfront Mobile to store logos.

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    Hacknocraft uses CloudinaryCloudinary

    Image hosting and storage

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