Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Firebase
Firebase

7K
5K
+ 1
1.7K
Linode
Linode

448
302
+ 1
393
Add tool

Firebase vs Linode: 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 Linode? Deploy and Manage Linux Virtual Servers in the Linode Cloud. Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.

Firebase can be classified as a tool in the "Realtime Backend / API" category, while Linode is grouped under "Cloud Hosting".

Some of the features offered by Firebase are:

  • 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.

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

  • Deploy multiple Linux distributions
  • Create Configuration Profiles which associate disk images and device nodes
  • Boot between configuration profiles

"Realtime backend made easy", "Fast and responsive" and "Easy setup" are the key factors why developers consider Firebase; whereas "Extremely reliable", "Good value" and "Easy to configure" are the primary reasons why Linode is favored.

According to the StackShare community, Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 838 company stacks & 957 developers stacks; compared to Linode, which is listed in 129 company stacks and 38 developer stacks.

- No public GitHub repository available -
- No public GitHub repository available -

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 Linode?

Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.
Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Why do developers choose Firebase?
Why do developers choose Linode?

Sign up to add, upvote and see more prosMake informed product decisions

Sign up to add, upvote and see more consMake informed product decisions

What companies use Firebase?
What companies use Linode?

Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

What tools integrate with Firebase?
What tools integrate with Linode?

Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

What are some alternatives to Firebase and Linode?
Parse
With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured app in record time without ever worrying about server management. We offer push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app’s backend with Cloud Code.
MongoDB
MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
Auth0
A set of unified APIs and tools that instantly enables Single Sign On and user management to all your applications.
Heroku
Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.
Realm
The Realm Mobile Platform is a next-generation data layer for applications. Realm is reactive, concurrent, and lightweight, allowing you to work with live, native objects.
See all alternatives
Decisions about Firebase and Linode
Tomáš Pustelník
Tomáš Pustelník
Firebase
Firebase

We use Firebase at work (and I use it for my personal projects) for several reasons:

1) it is not just real-time DB with subscriptions but a lot more (storage for files, push notifications for mobile, cloud functions etc.) so it allows to build quite a robust solutions, but still possible to use just a minimal set of what you need

2) In most cases it's pretty cheap (unless you messed up you DB structure, reads/writes etc. - could be problem for a lot of traffic - so in such a case ready pricing and related guides properly), for side projects basically free.

3) offers free hosting with SSL certificates for static files

4) you can bootstrap functional prototype really quick and for the production, you do not need to worry about scaling.

See more
Jared Wuliger
Jared Wuliger
Contractor at Insight Global · | 9 upvotes · 15.2K views
Firebase
Firebase

I started using Firebase over 5 years ago because of the 'real-time' nature. I originally used to use Real Time Database, but now I use Cloud Firestore. I recommend using the Google Firebase PaaS to quickly develop or prototype small to enterprise level web/mobile applications. Since Google purchased Firebase, it has exploded and it growing rapidly. I also find some level of comfort that it is Backed by Google.

See more
Interest over time
Reviews of Firebase and Linode
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!

Avatar of boolow5
Web Developer
Review ofLinodeLinode

My primary OS is LINUX, Linode gives me everything I need in hosting service.

Enough RAM for the price, high speed network and CPUs.

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 Firebase and Linode
Avatar of Instacart
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.

Avatar of Instacart
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.

Avatar of ttandon
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.

Avatar of NewCraft
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.

Avatar of Addo
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.

Avatar of Simon Bernier
Simon Bernier uses LinodeLinode

One production linode, and a staging linode that I turn on when I need it.

Avatar of Val Neekman
Val Neekman uses LinodeLinode

Linode is used for load balancer, web server, database server etc.

Avatar of 4 All Digital ltd
4 All Digital ltd uses LinodeLinode

Linux images for hosting docker

Avatar of TOMIS
TOMIS uses LinodeLinode

Hardware for our servers

Avatar of dotmos
dotmos uses LinodeLinode

Hosts our HTTP servers.

How much does Firebase cost?
How much does Linode cost?