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1. Installation and Setup

Using Ionic and the Ionic CLI? Check out these specific instructions for Ionic and their CLI.

0. Prerequisites

AngularFire provides multiple module formats for different types of builds. The guide is based on the Angular CLI. It is possible to do a manual setup with Webpack or a SystemJS build as well.

npm install @angular/cli

1. Create a new project

ng new <project-name>
cd <project-name>

The Angular CLI's new command will set up the latest Angular build in a new project structure.

2. Test your setup

ng serve
open http://localhost:4200

You should see a message on the page that says App works!

3. Install AngularFire and Firebase

npm install @angular/fire firebase --save

Now that you have a new project setup, install AngularFire and Firebase from npm.

4. Add Firebase config to environments variable

Open /src/environments/environment.ts and add your Firebase configuration. You can find your project configuration in the Firebase Console. From the project overview page, click Add Firebase to your web app.

export const environment = {
  production: false,
  firebase: {
    apiKey: '<your-key>',
    authDomain: '<your-project-authdomain>',
    databaseURL: '<your-database-URL>',
    projectId: '<your-project-id>',
    storageBucket: '<your-storage-bucket>',
    messagingSenderId: '<your-messaging-sender-id>'
  }
};

5. Setup @NgModule for the AngularFireModule

Open /src/app/app.module.ts, inject the Firebase providers, and specify your Firebase configuration.

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { AngularFireModule } from '@angular/fire';
import { environment } from '../environments/environment';

@NgModule({
  imports: [
    BrowserModule,
    AngularFireModule.initializeApp(environment.firebase)
  ],
  declarations: [ AppComponent ],
  bootstrap: [ AppComponent ]
})
export class AppModule {}

Custom FirebaseApp names

You can optionally provide a custom FirebaseApp name with initializeApp.

@NgModule({
  imports: [
    BrowserModule,
    AngularFireModule.initializeApp(environment.firebase, 'my-app-name')
  ],
  declarations: [ AppComponent ],
  bootstrap: [ AppComponent ]
})
export class AppModule {}

6. Setup individual @NgModules

After adding the AngularFireModule you also need to add modules for the individual @NgModules that your application needs.

  • AngularFireAuthModule
  • AngularFireDatabaseModule
  • AngularFireFunctionsModule
  • AngularFirestoreModule
  • AngularFireStorageModule
  • AngularFireMessagingModule

Adding the Firebase Database and Auth Modules

For example if your application was using both Firebase authentication and the Firebase database you would add:

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { AngularFireModule } from '@angular/fire';
import { AngularFirestoreModule } from '@angular/fire/firestore';
import { AngularFireStorageModule } from '@angular/fire/storage';
import { AngularFireAuthModule } from '@angular/fire/auth';
import { environment } from '../environments/environment';

@NgModule({
  imports: [
    BrowserModule,
    AngularFireModule.initializeApp(environment.firebase, 'my-app-name'), // imports firebase/app needed for everything
    AngularFirestoreModule, // imports firebase/firestore, only needed for database features
    AngularFireAuthModule, // imports firebase/auth, only needed for auth features,
    AngularFireStorageModule // imports firebase/storage only needed for storage features
  ],
  declarations: [ AppComponent ],
  bootstrap: [ AppComponent ]
})
export class AppModule {}

7. Inject AngularFirestore

Open /src/app/app.component.ts, and make sure to modify/delete any tests to get the sample working (tests are still important, you know):

import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { AngularFirestore } from '@angular/fire/firestore';

@Component({
  selector: 'app-root',
  templateUrl: 'app.component.html',
  styleUrls: ['app.component.css']
})
export class AppComponent {
  constructor(db: AngularFirestore) {

  }
}

8. Bind a Firestore collection to a list

In /src/app/app.component.ts:

import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { AngularFirestore } from '@angular/fire/firestore';
import { Observable } from 'rxjs';

@Component({
  selector: 'app-root',
  templateUrl: 'app.component.html',
  styleUrls: ['app.component.css']
})
export class AppComponent {
  items: Observable<any[]>;
  constructor(db: AngularFirestore) {
    this.items = db.collection('items').valueChanges();
  }
}

Open /src/app/app.component.html:

<ul>
  <li class="text" *ngFor="let item of items | async">
    {{item.name}}
  </li>
</ul>

9. Run your app

ng serve

Run the serve command and navigate to localhost:4200 in your browser.

And that's it! If it's totally borked, file an issue and let us know.

Next Step: Documents in AngularFirestore