Flutter is one of the most popular cross-platform mobile frameworks used by developers worldwide. But database options for flutter are still limited. Don’t worry; we help you to choose the correct database for your flutter projects.
For flutter app development, we have two types of databases, Relational (SQL) and Non-Relational (No SQL).
# Relational Database, Where the data has a relation in between them. i.e. SQL & SQLite
# Non-relational Database, where data stored is in documents, and data has no relation between them. i.e. MongoDB, Amazon SimpleDB, etc.
The main purpose of database is to manage the regular content change, feature updates, design updates, and daily data traffic. Due it’s important to select a suitable database as per your app’s requirements.
Let’s know the best available database options you have for Flutter app developments.
SQFlite is an implementation of SQLite for Flutter. It provides us with lots of functionality that gives us
full control to our database and helps us write queries, relationships, and every other database function that our application requires. Easy to integrate via flutter package ‘sqflite 2.0.2’. It’s an embedded database that has local data storage capabilities that get implemented in a flutter app using SQFlite.
Use case :
SQFlite is good when your app required local data storage capabilities for smooth running even without connection with the network, this could be a good fit for you.
Moor is the most feature-rich flutter relational database solution. It’s a reactive persistence library for Flutter and dart, built on top of SQLite. It provides excellent support for transactions, schema migrations, sophisticated filters and expressions, and batch processes. With Moor DB you don’t have to manually construct every query by hand.
If you need a relational data and want to write little SQL as possible, this could be a good option for you.
Firebase is a document base storage database. You store data in collections that are like tables. These collections store documents. They can also store a link to another document so you can create relationships between your data. Firebase is easy to integrate and provides cloud based storage location.
If your app required quick data synchronization between many devices Firebase is a most suitable solution for you.
ObjectBox provides NoSQL database with integrated Data Sync solutions to manage data flows and gather data across devices, offline as well as online. Offering some amazing features like: Offline First, Feels serverless, Keep data local and Object persistence on and across devices.
If your app runs more on local data and prioritized offline first, this could be a good option for you.
Hive is lightweight extremely fast NoSQL database written in dart. It’s compatible with all platforms and easy to use. Hive adopted box method instead of tables in traditional databases.
If you don’t want to sync your data on multiple devices remotely like services offered by Firebase, and
if you want a simple and lighting fast app Hive is right choice for you.