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System Properties Comparison CouchDB vs. Firebase Realtime Database vs. Google Cloud Datastore vs. PouchDB

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NameCouchDB infostands for "Cluster Of Unreliable Commodity Hardware"  Xexclude from comparisonFirebase Realtime Database  Xexclude from comparisonGoogle Cloud Datastore  Xexclude from comparisonPouchDB  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA native JSON - document store inspired by Lotus Notes, scalable from globally distributed server-clusters down to mobile phones.Cloud-hosted realtime document store. iOS, Android, and JavaScript clients share one Realtime Database instance and automatically receive updates with the newest data.Automatically scaling NoSQL Database as a Service (DBaaS) on the Google Cloud PlatformJavaScript DBMS with an API inspired by CouchDB
Primary database modelDocument storeDocument storeDocument storeDocument store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score18.37
Rank#34  Overall
#5  Document stores
Score12.28
Rank#39  Overall
#7  Document stores
Score4.81
Rank#67  Overall
#12  Document stores
Score2.97
Rank#88  Overall
#16  Document stores
Websitecouchdb.apache.orgfirebase.google.com/­products/­realtime-databasecloud.google.com/­datastorepouchdb.com
Technical documentationdocs.couchdb.org/­en/­stablefirebase.google.com/­docs/­databasecloud.google.com/­datastore/­docspouchdb.com/­guides
DeveloperApache Software Foundation infoApache top-level project, originally developed by Damien Katz, a former Lotus Notes developerGoogle infoacquired by Google 2014GoogleApache Software Foundation
Initial release2005201220082012
Current release2.3.1, March 20197.1.1, June 2019
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache version 2commercialcommercialOpen Source
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenoyesyesno
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Implementation languageErlangJavaScript
Server operating systemsAndroid
BSD
Linux
OS X
Solaris
Windows
hostedhostedserver-less, requires a JavaScript environment (browser, Node.js)
Data schemeschema-freeschema-freeschema-freeschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or datenoyesyes, details hereno
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.nononono
Secondary indexesyes infovia viewsyesyesyes infovia views
SQL infoSupport of SQLnonoSQL-like query language (GQL)no
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP/JSON APIAndroid
iOS
JavaScript API
RESTful HTTP API
gRPC (using protocol buffers) API
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
HTTP REST infoonly for PouchDB Server
JavaScript API
Supported programming languagesC
C#
ColdFusion
Erlang
Haskell
Java
JavaScript
Lisp
Lua
Objective-C
OCaml
Perl
PHP
PL/SQL
Python
Ruby
Smalltalk
Java
JavaScript
Objective-C
.Net
Go
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
Ruby
JavaScript
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresView functions in JavaScriptlimited functionality with using 'rules'using Google App EngineView functions in JavaScript
TriggersyesCallbacks are triggered when data changesCallbacks using the Google Apps Engineyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infoimproved architecture with release 2.0ShardingSharding infowith a proxy-based framework, named couchdb-lounge
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-master replication
Master-slave replication
Multi-Master replication using PaxosMaster-master replication infoalso with CouchDB databases
Master-slave replication infoalso with CouchDB databases
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesnoyes infousing Google Cloud Dataflowyes
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual ConsistencyEventual Consistency infoif the client is offline
Immediate Consistency infoif the client is online
Immediate Consistency or Eventual Consistency depending on type of query and configuration infoStrong Consistency is default for entity lookups and queries within an Entity Group (but can instead be made eventually consistent). Other queries are always eventual consistent.Eventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonoyes infovia ReferenceProperties or Ancestor pathsno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infoatomic operations within a single document possibleyesACID infoSerializable Isolation within Transactions, Read Committed outside of Transactionsno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes infostrategy: optimistic lockingyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyesyes infoby using IndexedDB, WebSQL or LevelDB as backend
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.nonoyes
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users can be defined per databaseyes, based on authentication and database rulesAccess rights for users, groups and roles based on Google Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM)no

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