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Add file.makePublic() support in Storage Emulator #3394

itsravenous opened this issue May 21, 2021 · 1 comment · Fixed by #3403

Add file.makePublic() support in Storage Emulator #3394

itsravenous opened this issue May 21, 2021 · 1 comment · Fixed by #3403


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itsravenous commented May 21, 2021

[REQUIRED] Environment info

firebase-tools: 9.11.0

Platform: Manjaro Linux

[REQUIRED] Test case


const admin = require('firebase-admin');
const serviceAccount = require("./serviceAccount.json");

  credential: admin.credential.cert(serviceAccount),
  storageBucket: `${serviceAccount.project_id}`,

async function uploadTest() {
  // Get storage bucket ref
  const bucket =;

  const image = "./my-image.jpg";
  // Upload it
  const [file] = await bucket.upload(image);

  console.log(`uploaded ${image}`);

  // Make public
  try {
    await file.makePublic();
  } catch (err) {
    console.error("error making file public", err);

  // Get public URL


[REQUIRED] Steps to reproduce

Terminal 1:

firebase emulators:start

Terminal 2:

FIREBASE_AUTH_EMULATOR_HOST=localhost:9099 FIRESTORE_EMULATOR_HOST=localhost:8080 FIREBASE_STORAGE_EMULATOR_HOST=localhost:9199 node upload-test.js

[REQUIRED] Expected behavior

The public URL of the file is printed to the terminal.

[REQUIRED] Actual behavior

The file is present in the storage emulator UI, and is listed as having the correct size, but the file.makePublic() call is failing - see entire output below:

uploaded ./my-image.jpg
error making file public ApiError: Not Found
    at new ApiError (/home/xxx/dev/my-project/node_modules/@google-cloud/common/build/src/util.js:59:15)
    at Util.parseHttpRespMessage (/home/xxx/dev/my-project/node_modules/@google-cloud/common/build/src/util.js:161:41)
    at Util.handleResp (/home/xxx/dev/my-project/node_modules/@google-cloud/common/build/src/util.js:135:76)
    at /home/xxx/dev/my-project/node_modules/@google-cloud/common/build/src/util.js:434:22
    at onResponse (/home/xxx/dev/my-project/node_modules/retry-request/index.js:214:7)
    at /home/xxx/dev/my-project/node_modules/teeny-request/build/src/index.js:219:13
    at processTicksAndRejections (internal/process/task_queues.js:97:5) {
  code: 404,
  errors: [],
  response: PassThrough {
    _readableState: ReadableState {
      objectMode: false,
      highWaterMark: 16384,
      buffer: BufferList { head: null, tail: null, length: 0 },
      length: 0,
      pipes: null,
      pipesCount: 0,
      flowing: true,
      ended: true,
      endEmitted: true,
      reading: false,
      sync: false,
      needReadable: false,
      emittedReadable: false,
      readableListening: false,
      resumeScheduled: false,
      emitClose: true,
      autoDestroy: false,
      destroyed: false,
      defaultEncoding: 'utf8',
      awaitDrainWriters: null,
      multiAwaitDrain: false,
      readingMore: false,
      decoder: null,
      encoding: null,
      [Symbol(kPaused)]: false
    readable: false,
    _events: [Object: null prototype] {
      prefinish: [Function: prefinish],
      error: [Array],
      data: [Function],
      end: [Function]
    _eventsCount: 4,
    _maxListeners: undefined,
    _writableState: WritableState {
      objectMode: false,
      highWaterMark: 16384,
      finalCalled: false,
      needDrain: false,
      ending: true,
      ended: true,
      finished: true,
      destroyed: false,
      decodeStrings: true,
      defaultEncoding: 'utf8',
      length: 0,
      writing: false,
      corked: 0,
      sync: false,
      bufferProcessing: false,
      onwrite: [Function: bound onwrite],
      writecb: null,
      writelen: 0,
      afterWriteTickInfo: null,
      bufferedRequest: null,
      lastBufferedRequest: null,
      pendingcb: 0,
      prefinished: true,
      errorEmitted: false,
      emitClose: true,
      autoDestroy: false,
      bufferedRequestCount: 0,
      corkedRequestsFree: [Object]
    writable: false,
    allowHalfOpen: true,
    _transformState: {
      afterTransform: [Function: bound afterTransform],
      needTransform: false,
      transforming: false,
      writecb: null,
      writechunk: null,
      writeencoding: 'buffer'
    statusCode: 404,
    statusMessage: 'Not Found',
    request: {
      agent: [Agent],
      headers: [Object],
      href: 'http://localhost:9199/b/'
    body: 'Not Found',
    headers: {
      'access-control-expose-headers': 'content-type,x-firebase-storage-version,x-goog-upload-url,x-goog-upload-status,x-goog-upload-command,x-gupload-uploadid,x-goog-upload-header-content-length,x-goog-upload-header-content-type,x-goog-upload-protocol,x-goog-upload-status,x-goog-upload-chunk-granularity,x-goog-upload-control-url',
      connection: 'keep-alive',
      'content-length': '9',
      'content-type': 'text/plain; charset=utf-8',
      date: 'Fri, 21 May 2021 15:02:36 GMT',
      etag: 'W/"9-0gXL1ngzMqISxa6S1zx3F4wtLyg"',
      'keep-alive': 'timeout=5',
      vary: 'Origin',
      'x-powered-by': 'Express'
    toJSON: [Function: toJSON],
    [Symbol(kCapture)]: false
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This is a known issue, a fix is coming this week!

In the meantime you can work around it by using read: true in your storage rules and using the Firebase Storage URLs instead of Cloud's.

If your Storage security rules support unauthenticated reads you can just generate a url like${bucketName}/o/${encodeUriComponent(pathToFile)}?alt=media and it'll be public. For example, here's a file in my public bucket, it's a little different, but its a bit more Firebasey :)

@abeisgoat abeisgoat changed the title file.makePublic() doesn't work with storage emulator Add file.makePublic() support in Storage Emulator May 25, 2021
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