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Firebase vs Mongoose: 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 Mongoose? MongoDB object modeling designed to work in an asynchronous environment. Let's face it, writing MongoDB validation, casting and business logic boilerplate is a drag. That's why we wrote Mongoose. Mongoose provides a straight-forward, schema-based solution to modeling your application data and includes built-in type casting, validation, query building, business logic hooks and more, out of the box.

Firebase can be classified as a tool in the "Realtime Backend / API" category, while Mongoose is grouped under "Object Document Mapper (ODM)".

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

Mongoose is an open source tool with 18.8K GitHub stars and 2.62K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Mongoose's open source repository on GitHub.

Instacart, Twitch, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Firebase, whereas Mongoose is used by PedidosYa, WebbyLab, and triGo GmbH. Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 838 company stacks & 957 developers stacks; compared to Mongoose, which is listed in 85 company stacks and 88 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 👋,

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 Firebase
Pros of Mongoose
  • 363
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 267
    Fast and responsive
  • 236
    Easy setup
  • 211
    Real-time
  • 188
    JSON
  • 132
    Free
  • 124
    Backed by google
  • 83
    Angular adaptor
  • 66
    Reliable
  • 36
    Great customer support
  • 29
    Great documentation
  • 24
    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
    Ios adaptor
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 5
    Firebase hosting
  • 5
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 4
    Speed of light
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 3
    Great
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
  • 2
    Push notification
  • 2
    Free authentication solution
  • 2
    The concurrent updates create a great experience
  • 2
    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
  • 2
    Great all-round functionality
  • 2
    JS Offline and Sync suport
  • 2
    Low battery consumption
  • 1
    CDN & cache out of the box
  • 1
    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Free SSL
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Large
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    .net
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
  • 1
    Easy Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Free hosting
  • 1
    Cloud functions
  • 17
    Well documented
  • 15
    Several bad ideas mixed together
  • 10
    JSON
  • 8
    Actually terrible documentation
  • 2
    Recommended and used by Valve. See steamworks docs
  • 1
    Can be used with passportjs for oauth
  • 1
    Yeah

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Cons of Firebase
Cons of Mongoose
  • 29
    Can become expensive
  • 15
    No open source, you depend on external company
  • 15
    Scalability is not infinite
  • 9
    Not Flexible Enough
  • 5
    Cant filter queries
  • 3
    Very unstable server
  • 2
    No Relational Data
  • 2
    Too many errors
  • 2
    No offline sync
  • 3
    Model middleware/hooks are not user friendly

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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 Mongoose?

Let's face it, writing MongoDB validation, casting and business logic boilerplate is a drag. That's why we wrote Mongoose. Mongoose provides a straight-forward, schema-based solution to modeling your application data and includes built-in type casting, validation, query building, business logic hooks and more, out of the box.

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