Firebase & Google Cloud Platform
Better together
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Can I use them together?

Yes! Firebase is Google’s mobile development platform that empowers you to quickly build and grow your app. It’s built so that you’re able to easily pull in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) products as your team or infrastructure needs grow.

What do they have in common?

Firebase and GCP share common infrastructure, including:

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Firebase and GCP share two products: Cloud Functions and Cloud Storage. These are the same products that exist in Cloud, simply exposed for client-side developers via Firebase. You can access the same data from the server SDKs (Cloud) and the client SDKs (Firebase), so your frontend and backend teams can work in concert.

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Each account can have multiple projects, which are like folders or directories. You can add both Firebase and GCP products to a project.

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Billing is set at the project level and both Firebase and Cloud products can be placed on the same bill.

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Access control

You can set role-based access controls at the project level. You can then restrict and permit individuals or groups to perform actions across both platforms.

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Terms of service

Several Firebase products use the GCP Terms of Service. These include: Firebase Authentication, Cloud Storage for Firebase, Cloud Functions for Firebase, Cloud Firestore, and Firebase Test Lab. We’re working to move more Firebase products onto the GCP ToS in the future.

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Firebase & GCP both use Google accounts, so if you have one, you have both.

What are the differences?

Firebase is Google's mobile development platform.
  • Helps you build apps and grow your user base.

  • Used by client-side app developers (both web & mobile).

  • Used for building a new mobile app, augmenting an existing app with new functionality and growing an audience.

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a suite of cloud computing services.
  • Makes Google's infrastructure (Compute, Storage, Networking, Data Analytics, and Machine Learning) publicly available as composable services.

  • Used by backend & server-side developers.

  • Used for building software leveraging Google's core infrastructure, data analytics, and machine learning.

Get started

Now you know how Firebase and Google Cloud Platform relate! You can get started by visiting either console. Happy coding!

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