Build your perfect app on any platform.

Made for

Users that don't want to manage their app's database. Parse's BAAS allows users to store data, manage users, send push notifications, and track analytics with just a few lines of code; allowing non-technical owners to manage their app.

Not for

Users looking for extensive control of their app's backend. While it is easy and convenient to manage apps on the Parse platform, apps will not be fully customizable.

 
Free version
 
$100 - $6000+/month
Pricing details
Example customers

Features

App Platforms

Cross- Platform Development for:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Unity
  • Xamarin

Development Tools

Connect your app to the cloud:

Parse handles your entire backend so your team can focus on making an engaging user experience. Don’t worry about databases, performance, or scaling.Save flexible data objects to the cloud with SDKs for every platform. No servers necessary. Work with native objects in just a few lines of code.

Location Services

Local Datastore:

Parse Local Datastore lets your app use all the querying and security features of Parse, even when you don't have a network connection. Available now for Android and iOS.

App Management

Built for massive scale:

Every aspect of Parse Core, from Data to Social and Cloud Code to Hosting, was designed with scalability in mind. Hundreds of thousands of apps access the Parse servers every minute, with both big names and small trusting their data, login information, and more to the platform.

Integrations

Deployment

Parse Dashboard:

Use the web-based, all-in-one Parse Dashboard for powerful data manipulation, to view analytics, schedule and send push notifications, and more. View your scheduled jobs, job status, logs, and more in the Cloud Code tab.

Pricing

Basic info

 
Free version
 
$100 - $6000+/month
 

No minimum contract, free version

 
Monthly subscription
Annual subscription
  • $100/10 requests, pro-rated by the hour

Reviews

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Client Interview
Nov 20 2015

Using Parse to Build Great Web Apps

4.0

Features: 
4.0
Ease of use: 
4.0
Support: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
3.0
the reviewer
 
IT Services
 
50-200 Employees
 
New Delhi, India
Marketing Executive at NZT Solutions
Anil Patel
1
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

The user is NZT Solutions, a mobile application development company based in New Delhi, India. NZT Solutions leverages Parse when it is building web apps for clients who are looking for a fast and cost-effective mobile app. NZT Solutions finds Parse's cloud storage and push notifications to be very easy to utilize. While the team at NZT Solutions found Parse to be a very accessible platform for developing apps, they were disappointed with the lack of real-time chat that would make it drastically easier to communicate while using Parse. Overall, Parse is highly recommended to others.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What was the technical challenge you were facing that encouraged you to use Parse?

Parse is our platform of choice when we are working on web-based apps as opposed to native or hybrid apps. We also leverage Parse for cloud storage as a part of the Android Studio SDK [software development kit].

SOLUTION

Was your company considering other platforms? Why did you choose Parse?

We were also considering a normal web service using the REST API [application programming interface]. However, we decided to use Parse because it's cost-effective and is a very "usable" platform. Having a good user-experience is important, not only because it makes it easier on our developers but, more importantly, it makes it easier for our nontechnical clients to operate the app when we hand it to them.

Do you utilize a premium version of this product? If so, what is a general estimate of your monthly spend?

Yes. The cost depends on the size of the project and our client's requirements.

RESULTS

Can you share any success, metrics, or overall results related your use of Parse?              

In my mind, the biggest benefits to leveraging Parse for our projects include its low barrier to entry and impressive user interface, and the SDK and API for Parse make it very easy to leverage cloud storage for your apps, which is helpful.

FEATURES

What are the features or tools that have most impressed you?  

The single best feature of Parse is the ease with which you can schedule push notifications for your app.

Are there any areas of the software that are not as strong, and upon which could be added or improved?

Surprisingly, Parse hasn't supported a real-time chat feature. If QuickBlox could added with it, Parse would be even more powerful.

Have you had a positive or negative experience utilizing the platform's support resources?

We have had a positive experience for our small projects in Android development.   

OVERVIEW

We have a few quick questions and, for each question, we ask you to rate the software on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. What would you give the software for functionality of the features available?

Four.

What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business? 

Four.

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

Four​.

For overall satisfaction with the platform?

Four.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

Three.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Features
  • 4.0 Ease of Use
  • 4.0 Support
  • 3.0 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
Nov 13 2015

IT Consultancy Uses Parse to Develop MVPs

3.5

Features: 
3.5
Ease of use: 
3.5
Support: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
2.5
the reviewer
 
IT Services
 
2-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, CA
Engineering & Creative Lead at ClearSummit
Shane Zilinskas
1
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

The user is ClearSummit, a mobile and web studio based in Los Angeles, California. ClearSummit has found Parse to be a useful tool when building prototypes or minimum viable products for their clients. As a cross-development platform, Parse allows ClearSummit to build a versatile application compatible on a variety of different phones quickly. The client does not recommend Parse for anyone looking for an app with a high degree of functionality and user experience. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

ClearSummit is an end-to-end mobile and web application shop that helps our clients take their ideas from concept to completion. We also work with enterprise companies to fill silos inside in their organization, such as rounding out their iOS or Android development teams.

What is your position?

I'm the lead engineer and creative director at ClearSummit.

SOLUTION

Briefly describe the kind of customer that should or should not use Parse.

The ideal customer for Parse I think would be someone looking to build an MVP [minimal viable product] or prototype, trying to get something out there quickly. It is also probably good for somebody who is not fluent in back-end languages. A good fit for Parse would be a front-end iOS or Android programmer, who knows they need a server for their database, but aren't fluent in those languages, so they want an app with a built in back-end that can do that for them. Conversely, I'm a full-stack developer so for me not being able to control the server to the granularity and level that I want to is a major drawback for me. When I look at it at scale, Parse is going to cost much more than it would to just build this back-end yourself for any large-scale app and you don't have nearly the customization options.

Overall, I would say it's good for somebody who's looking for an MVP and doesn't know back-end languages. If you know back-end languages, you're probably going to have to pull it off Parse at some point, due to cost restrictions or just growing architecture and a desire to control more of your own architecture.

FEATURES

Have you had to interact with the Parse support teams or referenced their support resources?

With Parse, we haven't delved into their support as much. Much of what we've done is read their documentation and used back overflow and all the typical sources. There's definitely many people out there who use Parse. There's a lot of information you can get around it, and it's just a Google search away.

Could you briefly describe a past implementation of Parse?

We used Parse to build an MVP, and we thought that we were going to be able to undercut the amount of hours it would take to do the server back-end, set up a few API [application programming interface] endpoints, by using Parse, which would save our client a lot of money. It ended up being the converse of that. It took longer to use Parse, partially because it was our first project with Parse. There was a bit of a learning curve, but also because we needed to more than what Parse could handle.

One successful implementation of Parse, was an MVP where we needed the app to be able to broadcast messages to the entire user base. It was incredibly easy to build and gave the client a great idea of how the app could function.

What are some of the best features of the Parse platform that really impressed you?

As a platform, I'm impressed from an engineering perspective with what they were able to build. It makes back-end programming much more accessible to people who maybe are only familiar with front-end mobile programming, so it opens up a whole other world to these programmers who would just be isolated otherwise. It gives them much more reach.

Are there any areas of the platform upon which you feel Parse could add to or improved upon?

My main problem with Parse is that there's a certain level of domain knowledge that comes with it. It's not simple to just add it in and go, which is the goal for these types of platforms. There are nuances in Parse, and there's definitely a pretty hefty documentation set, but I suppose that just comes with the territory with what they're trying to accomplish.

Could you give some overall recommendations for customers or developers who are considering developing on a cross platform?

If you build a cross-platform app, inevitably at some point if your company grows and scales, you will probably be taking it native on iOS and Android. You can look at Facebook, and you can look at LinkedIn. They all try to do some sort of hybrid approach, and they ended up going native at the end. Instagram does this mix between native and some web use.

The industry is moving towards more animations and  good user experience and good user interface. Much of that feel can't be accomplished with JavaScript. I see hybrid platforms like Parse as a short-term gain for a long-term loss. Depending on your business, that maybe a good strategy, but it's something you should be thinking about.

We have five additional questions. For each of these, we ask that you rate the platforms on a scale of one to five, with five being the best score. What would you give Parse for functionality of the features available?

Three and a half.

What would you give Parse for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?

Three and a half.

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

Four.

For overall satisfaction with the platform?

Three and a half.

How likely are you to recommend Parse to a colleague or similar business?

Two and a half.

3.5
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Features
  • 3.5 Ease of Use
  • 4.0 Support
  • 2.5 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
Nov 04 2015

Lower Cost App Development with Parse

5.0

Features: 
5.0
Ease of use: 
5.0
Support: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
Information Technology and Services
 
51-200 Employees
 
India
CEO, Hyperlink Infosystem
Harnil Oza
1
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

The user of Parse is Hyperlink Infosystem and their development team. Their team largely favors native application development, but occasionally uses Parse when clients ask for a more affordable development cost and are on a tighter budget. This development team highly recommends Parse for projects needing a web component. These users also comment that Parse's framework is documented strongly, so there is not typically a need to contact support.

BACKGROUND

Can you provide a brief description of your company?

We are a mobile application development company in India. We build apps for Android, iPhone, and Windows. 

What role do you play there?

I'm the owner and founder of Hyperlink Infosystem.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge your company was facing that initiated the need for this platform?

Parse helps us to reduce the resources and time needed for some development projects. Parse is the most helpful to us when we are providing web application services to our client. Typically, when taking on a mobile application development project, there is also a web component needed. If we use Parse, we don't need a developer dedicated directly to web development. The developers handling the mobile development can use Parse do easily develop the web app. 

SOLUTION

How does your company implement this platform or software?

We don't use Parse much. It really depends on the client. Usually when a client prefers to use a cross-platform tool, they are on smaller budget, but it really depends on each client. Parse is very cost effective.

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

We haven't used any other cross-platform tools except Parse. Anybody can login and use Parse. Users can include features easily, such as push notifications or file sending into their apps.

On an annual or monthly basis, how much does your company spend to utilize the platform?

We don't spend any money to utilize Parse – it serves as a framework to develop cross-platform apps. There are many requests and features that are free in Parse. Some requests cost, but those costs are pushed to the client as part of the development and maintenance cost not the development company.

FEATURES

Were there any software features or tools that really impressed you?  

With Parse, we can easily develop an ACL [access control list], which is a table that tells a computer's operating system that users have access to particular files.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software upon which you feel could be added or improved?

Sometimes, the API [application programming interface] requests are slow, which can also mean they are costing more. It would be great if the network call time was faster. In addition, sometimes when there are multiple requests all of the requests fail.

Have you had to interact with the platform's support team or reference their support resources?

We have not yet had any questions for Parse's support team. Their documentation is quite good. Our development team has been able to solve most issues referencing their documentation.

OVERVIEW

We have a few quick questions and, for each question, we ask you to rate the software on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. What would you give the software for functionality of the features available?

Five.

What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?

Five.

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

Five.

For overall satisfaction with the platform?

Five.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

Five.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Features
  • 5.0 Ease of Use
  • 5.0 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
Nov 03 2015

Using Parse's Great Layouts for Customized Hybrid Apps

4.0

Features: 
5.0
Ease of use: 
3.0
Support: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
the reviewer
 
Information Technology
 
50-200 Employees
 
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Co-founder at Peerbits Solutions
Shahid Mansuri
1
 
Verified
The Review

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Peerbits is a web, mobile, and e-commerce development agency based in Ahmadabad, India, with development centers around the world. Two colleagues and I started the company back in 2011, and we have since grown to more than 80 in-house employees.

What is your position?

I'm managing director and one of the cofounders of the company.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge your company was facing that initiated the need for this platform?

We were looking for a cross-development platform to use when our customers want a mobile app that does not require many customized requirements.

How does your company implement this platform or software?

I think the ideal customer is someone who is not willing to spend much money on the back-end of his or her app. They are not concerned with comprehensive reports or data structure. They just want a decent-looking app with centrally stored data at a minimal cost.

They don't want to get involved in the server setup and those kind of technicalities. They just want to be able to sign up with an account. While Parse does have some customized database functions, most of the customers who are choosing to work with Parse in the first place don't want that.

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

There are some other well-reviewed cross-platform development tools, but we don't plan on switching. We started with Parse because one of our clients was specifically looking for Parse, but we have stuck with it because it is easy to use and does everything we need it to do.

On an annual or monthly basis, how much does your company spend to utilize the platform?

We don't pay because most of the time our customer pays for it. We suggest the package they should purchase based on the size and storage needs of their app. Then, they provide us with their login credentials. 

FEATURES

Were there any software features or tools that really impressed you?

The app layouts they give you are easy to work with, and produce very good results. The integration with external APIs [application programming interfaces] is good. Parse makes it easy for someone who is not a stellar programmer, or maybe is more familiar with the back-end of mobile development, to design and produce a  nice-looking app.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software upon which you feel could be added or improved?

There is always room for improvement, especially in the area custom APIs and external plug-ins that would make the app more customizable.

Have you had to interact with the platform's support team or reference their support resources?

I don't personally utilize the support resources but, from what I hear, Parse has active community forums that are generally good at providing developers with answers to their questions.

We have a few quick questions and, for each question, we ask you to rate the software on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. What would you give the software for functionality of the features available?

Four.

What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?

Five

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

Three.

For overall satisfaction with the platform?

Four.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

Four.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Features
  • 3.0 Ease of Use
  • 4.0 Support
  • 4.0 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
Aug 13 2015

Implementation of Parse by App Development Agency

4.0

Features: 
4.0
Ease of use: 
5.0
Support: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
the reviewer
 
Information Technology
 
11-50 Employees
 
Belarus
Sales and Marketing Manager, Stone Labs
Vladislav Linnik
1
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

The client is Stone Labs, a mobile application development firm based in Belarus. The client has implemented Parse on a number of projects on behalf of their clients. The client highlighted a number of features that set Parse apart from other mobile platforms in their mind. These included Parse's back-end as a service system that allowed the client to implement a number of features that would have been cost prohibitive before. In addition, the client was pleased with how user-friendly the Parse system was. When the project ended, the client was able to train their customer, who had no programming experience, how to maintain the app's database. The only area for improvement the client mentioned was Parse's CloudCode. Overall, the client highly recommends Parse to other developers.

BACKGROUND

Can you please provide a brief description of your company and the role that you play there?

Stone Labs is a mobile development firm based in Belarus. I'm one of the mobile team leads, and serve in a project management role as well.

OPPORTUNITY/CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge your company was facing that incited the need for this platform?

The challenge was the lack of our own server with an API [application program interface], and DB [database].

SOLUTION

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

We decided to go with Parse for several reasons. First, Parse was consistently the platform that was recommended most highly to us by our colleagues. Secondly, it's one of the more affordable platforms and is very user-friendly, two considerations that are very important for our clients. It's been nice with Parse that we've been able to hand over projects to clients and they've been able to operate their DB without any programming background, just based on our instruction. Lastly, it's easily scalable for data processing.

On an annual or monthly basis, how much does your company spend to utilize the platform?

Usually on our projects, their free plans are enough for us. When we do utilize their premium plans, the costs are covered by our clients. 

RESULTS

Can you share any success, metrics, or overall results of your implementation of this platform?

It's too early to give feedback about results. What has impressed me the most is the amount of data available in addition to the flexible payment plans, including the free one.

FEATURES

Were there any software features or tools that really impressed you?

Parse's BAAS [back-end as a service] has really impressed me. It's allowed us to add a ton of functionality to our apps while only moderately increasing the cost. It's one of the biggest benefits of working with a mobile software that I've seen.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software that you feel could be added or improved upon?

Parse's CloudCode could be improved. I'd appreciate more libraries and debugging opportunities.

Have you had to interact with the platform's support team or reference their support resources?

The only support function I've utilized are the documents on Parse's website. Those have been useful and fairly comprehensive.

OVERVIEW

We have a few quick questions and, for each question, we ask you to rate the software on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. What would you give the software for functionality of the features available?

Four.

What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?

Five.

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

Four.

For overall satisfaction with the platform?

Four.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

Four.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Features
  • 5.0 Ease of Use
  • 4.0 Support
  • 4.0 Willing to Refer
 
Client Interview
Nov 05 2015

Nimblechapps Use of Parse

5.0

Features: 
4.0
Ease of use: 
4.0
Support: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
the reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Ahmedabad, India
Co Founder and CEO at Nimblechapps
Keval Padia
1
 
Verified
The Review
Recommendations

The client is Nimblechapps, a developer of mobile applications based in India. While the client has extensive knowledge of development practices on native platforms such as Xcode and Android Studio's, the client has implemented Parse for a number of clients where there is a fit. Parse allows the client to easily reuse much of the code between iOS and Android versions of a product, which saves their customers a good deal of time and money.

Background

Can you please provide a brief description of your company and the role that you play there?

Nimblechapps is an Indian development agency focusing on delivering mobile applications to clients around the world.  

Challenge

What was the business challenge your company was facing that initiated the need for this platform?

While we often develop on native platforms like Xcode and Android Studio, there’s a lot of extra time and cost in native development that can be reduced by developing on a cross-platform like Parse. Often this is a better situation for our clients.

Solution

Was your company considering other platforms? Why this platform?

We have used several other platforms, but we have found that Parse best suits our needs.

Features

Were there any software features/tools that you were really impressed by?   

Parse has great integrations, particularly with social media. I’ve found that they are better than other platforms in this regard.

Looking back, are there any areas of the software that you feel could be added or improved upon?  

No, I guess we are mostly satisfied with what they are providing. There are no major frustrations, and they are often providing updates.

Have you had to interact with the platform’s support team or reference their support resources?

They are quite helpful. We have had no issues with support.

Overview

To sum up: We have a few quick questions, and for each question we ask you to rate the software on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best.

What would you give the software for functionality of the features available?

Four.

What would you give the software for ease of use or ease of implementation into your business?

Four.

For support, as in responsiveness of the team or helpfulness of the resources available?

Three.

Overall, satisfaction with the platform?

Five.

How likely are you to recommend the software to a colleague or similar business?

Five.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Features
  • 4.0 Ease of Use
  • 3.0 Support
  • 5.0 Willing to Refer