We’re super excited to introduce Firebase to the world today. Our goal with Firebase is to enable developers to build higher quality apps in a fraction of the time it used to take.

If you haven’t already, please check out our website, especially our fully interactive coding tutorial to see what Firebase is and what it can do for you! And if you’re in San Francisco, we’re hosting a huge launch party tonight at 7PM where we’ll have free food / beer and amazing demos.

Enable developers to build higher quality apps in a fraction of the time it used to take.

What makes us so excited about Firebase is the untapped developer potential we see all around us. Firebase actually grew out of Envolve, our existing chat service for websites. We discovered that our most exciting customers wanted to do more with real-time data than just send chat messages. They wanted to build real-time games, collaboration tools, analytics products, and much more, but it was just too hard with the existing technology.

With Firebase, we aim to solve that and much more. Firebase provides a JavaScript API and cloud service that gives you a real-time, scalable backend that you can access directly from your web application. When you use Firebase as your data store, you don’t need to run your own servers, and your app gets data updates in real-time, meaning your user never has to refresh the page to get new data. This shift lets you build better apps with less work. Firebase can be used to build fully interactive websites, games, collaboration tools, and much more. For more details on Firebase and our core tenets, see here.

Over the past few months we’ve been giving Firebase to developers to see how they use it and what they’re able to build, and we’ve been incredibly impressed and inspired by the results. When you lower the technology barrier for building real-time interactive apps, developers truly shine and build amazing things! We’ll be showcasing many of their apps here in our blog over the coming weeks.

We’d love for you to join us in our journey. Please try out our interactive tutorial, sign up for the beta, and follow us on our blog and twitter!