Difference between MySQL and Firebase? Difference between SQL and NoSQL

In this blog, we’re going to discuss the basic differences between the MySQL and Firebase. MySQL and Firebase both are used as the backend in the different development platforms. Before going to discuss the difference between both first, let’s see what is MySQL and Firebase?

What is MySQL?

MySQL is relational in nature since all the data is stored in

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS).

MySQL is a component of the LAMP web application software stack (and others), which is an acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python. MySQL is used by many database-driven web applications, including Drupal, Joomla, phpBB, and WordPress. MySQL is also used by many popular websites, including Facebook, Flickr, MediaWiki, Twitter, and YouTube.

What is Firebase?

Firebase is one kind of NoSQL database. The Firebase database is just a big JSON object where you can store whatever you want inside. Unlike SQL there’s no schema for the database, no tables, no columns, i

Firebase is a mobile and web application development platform developed by Firebase, Inc. in 2011, then acquired by Google in 2014. As of March 2020, the Firebase platform has 19 products, which are used by more than 1.5 million apps.

MySQL vs. Firebase

MySQL is a fast, easy to use a relational database that is being utilized by big and small businesses equally well. There are a plethora of reasons behind the popularity of relational databases like MySQL. It is a very powerful program in its own right, by handling a large subset of the functionality of the most expensive and powerful database packages.

Firebase is based on a data structure used by the NoSQL database is vastly different from those used in a relational database. Some operations are faster in NoSQL than relational databases like MySQL. Data structures used by NoSQL databases can also be viewed as more flexible and scalable than relational databases.

A primary reason for this different data structure could be driven by the simplicity of design, simpler horizontal scaling to clusters of machines, and more control over availability.


  • Firebase’s a cloud service also Firebase is a NoSQL database. In Firebase data stored/processed in a cloud.
  • Firebase is suitable for real-time applications.
  • Firebase is only available on GCP (Google Cloud Platform). It is owned by Google.
  • In Firebase any key/field can be added easily without affecting the existing design.


  • MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS).
  • MySQL mostly used for relational data and transactions.
  • MySQL installs it anywhere and several clouds provide support managed version of it.
  • MySQL not so flexible design-wise, New Column insertion may affect the design.

Common Comparisons between MySQL and Firebase


  • MySQL: Relational Database
  • Firebase: Non-Relational Database


  • MySQL: Based on the concept of tables
  • Firebase: Based on the concept of collections and documents


  • MySQL: Tough to scale due to its relational nature
  • Firebase: Easily scalable big data compared to relational


  • MySQL: Detailed database model is needed before the creation
  • Firebase: No need for a detailed database model


  • MySQL: Vast community available
  • Firebase: Community is growing rapidly, but still smaller compared to MySQL


  • MySQL: SQL is a standard language
  • Firebase: Lacks standard query language


  • MySQL: The schema is rigid
  • Firebase: The schema is dynamic


  • MySQL: Not very flexible in terms of design
  • Firebase: Very flexible in terms of design


Thus conclude the difference between the MySQL and Firebase, what are the features which are important to them in the database. Some people may argue the NoSQL is the way to the future, whereas other people are concerned with its lack of standardization.

At the end of the day, the choice depends on the complex business needs of the organization and the column of the data it consumes.

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