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SignalR vs Socket.IO: What are the differences?

Developers describe SignalR as "A new library for ASP.NET developers that makes developing real-time web functionality easy". SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization. On the other hand, Socket.IO is detailed as "Realtime application framework (Node.JS server)". Socket.IO enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed.

SignalR and Socket.IO belong to "Realtime Backend / API" category of the tech stack.

"Supports .NET server" is the top reason why over 7 developers like SignalR, while over 186 developers mention "Real-time" as the leading cause for choosing Socket.IO.

SignalR and Socket.IO are both open source tools. Socket.IO with 46.7K GitHub stars and 8.53K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than SignalR with 7.73K GitHub stars and 2.19K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Socket.IO has a broader approval, being mentioned in 555 company stacks & 385 developers stacks; compared to SignalR, which is listed in 20 company stacks and 16 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 馃憢,

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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8base8base

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 SignalR
Pros of Socket.IO
  • 28
    Supports .NET server
  • 19
    Real-time
  • 15
    Free
  • 14
    Fallback to SSE, forever frame, long polling
  • 13
    WebSockets
  • 8
    JSON
  • 8
    Simple
  • 7
    Open source
  • 5
    Ease of use
  • 5
    Cool
  • 0
    Azure
  • 214
    Real-time
  • 141
    Event-based communication
  • 141
    Node.js
  • 102
    WebSockets
  • 101
    Open source
  • 26
    Binary streaming
  • 21
    No internet dependency
  • 10
    Large community
  • 9
    Fallback to polling if WebSockets not supported
  • 6
    Push notification
  • 5
    Ease of access and setup

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Cons of SignalR
Cons of Socket.IO
  • 2
    Requires jQuery
  • 2
    Expertise hard to get
  • 1
    Weak iOS and Android support
  • 1
    Big differences between ASP.NET and Core versions
  • 11
    Bad documentation
  • 4
    Githubs that complement it are mostly deprecated
  • 3
    Doesn't work on React Native
  • 2
    Websocket Errors
  • 2
    Small community

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What is SignalR?

SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization.

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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What are some alternatives to SignalR and Socket.IO?
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.
Pusher
Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features.
RabbitMQ
RabbitMQ gives your applications a common platform to send and receive messages, and your messages a safe place to live until received.
WebRTC
It is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs. The WebRTC components have been optimized to best serve this purpose.
MQTT
It was designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport. It is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium.
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