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Firebase, Inc.
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Type Private
Founded September 2011 (September 2011)[1]
Headquarters San Francisco, United States[2]
Area served Global
Founder(s) James Tamplin, Andrew Lee[3]
Industry Cloud computing
Products Firebase Database, Firebase Hosting, Firebase Simple Login
Parent Google
Alexa rank Increase 22,940 (July 2014)[4]
Launched April 2012[5]

Firebase is a cloud services provider and backend as a service company based in San Francisco, California. The company makes a number of products for software developers building mobile or web applications. Firebase was founded in 2011 by Andrew Lee and James Tamplin and launched with a realtime cloud database in April 2012.[6] Firebase's primary product is a realtime database which provides an API that allows developers to store and sync data across multiple clients. The company was acquired by Google in October 2014.[7]


Firebase evolved from Envolve, a prior startup founded by Tamplin and Lee in 2011. Envolve provided developers an API that let them integrate online chat into their websites. After releasing the chat service, Tamplin and Lee found that the service was being used to pass application data that wasn't chat messages. Developers were using Envolve to sync application data like game state in realtime across their users. Tamplin and Lee decided to separate the chat system and the real-time architecture that powered it, founding Firebase as a separate company in April 2012.[8] Firebase raised $1.4 million in seed funding in May 2012 from Flybridge Capital Partners, Greylock Partners, NEA and others. The company raised $5.6 million in Series A funding from Union Square Ventures and Flybridge Capital Partners in June 2013.[9] On 21 October 2014, Firebase announced it had been acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount.[7]


Realtime Database[edit]

Firebase provides a realtime database and backend as a service. The service provides application developers an API that allows application data to be synchronized across clients and stored on Firebase's cloud.[10][11] The company provides client libraries that enable integration with Android, iOS, JavaScript, Java, Objective-C and Node.js applications. The database is also accessible through a REST API and bindings for several JavaScript frameworks such as AngularJS, React, Ember.js and Backbone.js.[12] The REST API uses the Server-Sent Events protocol, which is an API for creating HTTP connections for receiving push notifications from a server. Developers using the realtime database can secure their data by using the company's server-side-enforced security rules.[13]


Firebase Hosting is a static asset web hosting service that launched on May 13, 2014. It supports hosting static files such as CSS, HTML, JavaScript and other files that do not change dynamically. The service delivers files over a content delivery network (CDN) through HTTP Secure (HTTPS) and Secure Sockets Layer encryption (SSL). Firebase partners with Fastly, a CDN, to provide the CDN backing Firebase Hosting. The company states that Firebase Hosting grew out of customer requests, developers were using Firebase for its real-time database but needed a place to host their content.[14][15]

Simple Login[edit]

Firebase Simple Login is a service that can authenticate users using only client-side code. It supports social login providers Facebook, GitHub, Twitter and Google. Additionally, it includes a user management system where by developers can enable user authentication with email and password login stored with Firebase.[16]

Open Source Projects[edit]


Firepad is an open source collaborative realtime editor. Released under the MIT License, Firepad is used by several editors, including the Atlassian Stash Realtime Editor and Koding.[17][18]


Firechat is an open source realtime chat application. It is released under the MIT License.[19]


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  11. ^ Marshall, Matt (August 29, 2013). "Firebase is building a Dropbox for developers". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Firebase Integrations". Firebase, Inc. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ Darrow, Barb (Dec 18, 2012). "Firebase secures its real-time back-end service". Gigaom. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (May 13, 2014). "Firebase Adds Web Hosting To Its Database Platform". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ Novet, Jordan (May 13, 2014). "Firebase adds hosting to make app development even easier". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Firebase Simple Login Overview". Firebase, Inc. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ Metz, Cade (04.09.13). "How to Build Your Own Google Docs (Without Google)". Wired (magazine). Retrieved June 12, 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  18. ^ "Firepad - An open source collaborative code and text editor". Firebase, Inc. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Firechat - open source realtime chat built on Firebase". Firebase, Inc. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 

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