Firebase vs. Pusher vs. PubNub

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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 Pusher?

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

What is PubNub?

PubNub makes it easy for you to add real-time capabilities to your apps, without worrying about the infrastructure. Build apps that allow your users to engage in real-time across mobile, browser, desktop and server.
Why do developers choose Firebase?
Why do you like Firebase?

Why do developers choose Pusher?
Why do you like Pusher?

Why do developers choose PubNub?
Why do you like PubNub?

What are the cons of using Firebase?
Downsides of Firebase?

What are the cons of using Pusher?
No Cons submitted yet for Pusher
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What are the cons of using PubNub?
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How much does Firebase cost?
Firebase Pricing
How much does Pusher cost?
Pusher Pricing
How much does PubNub cost?
PubNub Pricing
What companies use Firebase?
1101 companies on StackShare use Firebase
What companies use Pusher?
153 companies on StackShare use Pusher
What companies use PubNub?
49 companies on StackShare use PubNub
What tools integrate with Firebase?
23 tools on StackShare integrate with Firebase
What tools integrate with Pusher?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Pusher
What tools integrate with PubNub?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with PubNub

What are some alternatives to Firebase, Pusher, and PubNub?

  • Socket.IO - Realtime application framework (Node.JS server)
  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub - Global service for real-time and reliable messaging and streaming data
  • SignalR - A new library for ASP.NET developers that makes developing real-time web functionality easy.
  • NATS - Lightweight publish-subscribe & distributed queueing messaging system

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