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System Properties Comparison Firebase Realtime Database vs. PouchDB

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NameFirebase Realtime Database  Xexclude from comparisonPouchDB  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionCloud-hosted realtime document store. iOS, Android, and JavaScript clients share one Realtime Database instance and automatically receive updates with the newest data.JavaScript DBMS with an API inspired by CouchDB
Primary database modelDocument storeDocument store
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Score11.00
Rank#41  Overall
#7  Document stores
Score2.86
Rank#90  Overall
#15  Document stores
Websitefirebase.google.com/­products/­realtime-databasepouchdb.com
Technical documentationfirebase.google.com/­docs/­databasepouchdb.com/­guides
DeveloperGoogle infoacquired by Google 2014Apache Software Foundation
Initial release20122012
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesno
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Implementation languageJavaScript
Server operating systemshostedserver-less, requires a JavaScript environment (browser, Node.js)
Data schemeschema-freeschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesno
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.nono
Secondary indexesyesyes infovia views
SQL infoSupport of SQLnono
APIs and other access methodsAndroid
iOS
JavaScript API
RESTful HTTP API
HTTP REST infoonly for PouchDB Server
JavaScript API
Supported programming languagesJava
JavaScript
Objective-C
JavaScript
Server-side scripts infoStored procedureslimited functionality with using 'rules'View functions in JavaScript
TriggersCallbacks are triggered when data changesyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infowith a proxy-based framework, named couchdb-lounge
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-master replication infoalso with CouchDB databases
Master-slave replication infoalso with CouchDB databases
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnoyes
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency infoif the client is offline
Immediate Consistency infoif the client is online
Eventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datayesno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes 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.yes
User concepts infoAccess controlyes, based on authentication and database rulesno

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