Firebase vs PubNub vs Socket.IO

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Firebase

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PubNub

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350
+ 1
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Socket.IO

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+ 1
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Pros of Firebase
Pros of PubNub
Pros of Socket.IO
  • 357
    Realtime backend made easy
  • 261
    Fast and responsive
  • 233
    Easy setup
  • 206
    Real-time
  • 184
    JSON
  • 126
    Free
  • 120
    Backed by google
  • 80
    Angular adaptor
  • 62
    Reliable
  • 36
    Great customer support
  • 25
    Great documentation
  • 22
    Real-time synchronization
  • 19
    Mobile friendly
  • 17
    Rapid prototyping
  • 12
    Great security
  • 10
    Automatic scaling
  • 9
    Freakingly awesome
  • 8
    Super fast development
  • 8
    Chat
  • 8
    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
  • 6
    Awesome next-gen backend
  • 6
    Ios adaptor
  • 5
    Firebase hosting
  • 5
    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Great
  • 3
    Speed of light
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
  • 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 Reactjs integration
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
  • 1
    .net
  • 1
    Faster workflow
  • 1
    Serverless
  • 1
    JS Offline and Sync suport
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Large
  • 1
    Push notification
  • 33
    Massively scalable & easy to use
  • 24
    Easy setup
  • 18
    Great support
  • 18
    Reliable
  • 14
    Flexible to integrate to custom applications
  • 13
    High-Performance
  • 12
    99.999% availability guarantees
  • 12
    Sockets at Scale
  • 12
    Multiplexing
  • 11
    High-Reliability
  • 7
    Scalability
  • 5
    High-Availability
  • 5
    70+ SDKs
  • 4
    Azure Add-on
  • 4
    Security
  • 3
    Presence
  • 3
    Heroku Add-on
  • 3
    Flexible
  • 3
    Easy to setup
  • 2
    Data Sync
  • 2
    AngularJS Adapter
  • 2
    PhoneGap Plugin
  • 2
    Server-Side Cache
  • 2
    Free Plan
  • 2
    Support
  • 2
    Analytics
  • 2
    Data Streams
  • 1
    Easy setup and very reliable
  • 1
    Real time and easy to use.
  • 1
    High cost, going up more in Summer '15
  • 1
    Cool
  • 1
    CTO stephen also is A++++++
  • 1
    Angular 2+ integration
  • 1
    Documentation, easy to use, great people/service
  • 1
    Easy integration with iOS apps
  • 209
    Real-time
  • 140
    Event-based communication
  • 139
    Node.js
  • 101
    Open source
  • 99
    WebSockets
  • 26
    Binary streaming
  • 22
    No internet dependency
  • 9
    Fallback to polling if WebSockets not supported
  • 7
    Large community
  • 5
    Ease of access and setup
  • 4
    Push notification

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Cons of Firebase
Cons of PubNub
Cons of Socket.IO
  • 26
    Can become expensive
  • 14
    No open source, you depend on external company
  • 14
    Scalability is not infinite
  • 9
    Not Flexible Enough
  • 5
    Cant filter queries
  • 3
    Very unstable server
  • 2
    Too many errors
  • 2
    No Relational Data
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    • 9
      Bad documentation
    • 4
      Githubs that complement it are mostly deprecated
    • 2
      Doesn't work on React Native
    • 2
      Small community

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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 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.

    What is Socket.IO?

    It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.

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