These are the Firebase Command Line (CLI) Tools. They can be used to:
- Administer your Firebase account
- Run a local web server for your Firebase Hosting site
- Interact with data in your Firebase database
- Deploy your site to Firebase Hosting
- Deploy Security Rules for your database
To get started with the Firebase CLI, read the full list of commands below or check out the hosting-specific CLI documentation.
To install the Firebase CLI, you first need to sign up for a Firebase account.
Once npm is installed, get the Firebase CLI by running the following command:
npm install -g firebase-tools
This will provide you with the globally accessible
firebase --help lists the available commands and
firebase <command> --help shows more details for an individual command.
If a command is project-specific, you must either be inside a project directory with a
firebase.json configuration file or specify the Firebase project name with the
-f <project> flag.
Below is a brief list of the available commands and their function:
|login||Authenticate to your Firebase account. Requires access to a web browser.|
|logout||Sign out of the Firebase CLI.|
|list||Print a list of all of your Firebase projects.|
|open||Open the deployed Firebase Hosting site or various dashboard panels for the current Firebase project.|
|init||Setup a new Firebase project in the current directory. This command will create a firebase.json configuration file in your current directory.|
|help||Display help information about the CLI or specific commands.|
|prefs:token||Print out your authenticated access token for use in CI/headless systems.|
Deploy and Hosting Commands
These commands let you deploy and interact with your Firebase Hosting site.
|deploy||Deploys all components (both hosting and security rules) of your Firebase project. Relies on firebase.json configuration.|
|deploy:hosting||Deploy only the Firebase Hosting site assets to your Firebase project. Relies on firebase.json configuration.|
|deploy:rules||Deploy only the Firebase Security Rules to your Firebase project. Relies on firebase.json configuration.|
|disable:hosting||Stop serving Firebase Hosting traffic for the current project. A "Site Not Found" message will be displayed at your URL after running this command.|
|serve||Start a local web server with your Firebase Hosting configuration. Relies on firebase.json.|
|data:get||Fetch data from the current project's database and display it as JSON. Supports querying on indexed data.|
|data:set||Replace all data at a specified location in the current project's database. Takes input from file, STDIN, or command-line argument.|
|data:update||Perform a partial update at a specified location in the current project's database. Takes input from file, STDIN, or command-line argument.|
|data:push||Push new data to a list at a specified location in the current project's database. Takes input from file, STDIN, or command-line argument.|
|data:remove||Delete all data at a specified location in the current project's database.|
Using with CI Systems
The Firebase CLI requires a browser to complete authentication, but is fully compatible with CI and other headless environments.
- On a machine with a browser, install the Firebase CLI and login.
firebase prefs:tokento print out the access token once you've logged in.
- Store the output token in a secure but accessible way in your CI system.
- Run all commands with the
--token <token>parameter in your CI system. For example, if I had my token stored as the environment variable
FIREBASE_TOKENI could run
firebase deploy --token $FIREBASE_TOKEN
Using as a Module
The Firebase CLI can also be used programmatically as a standard Node module. Each command is exposed as a function that takes an options object and returns a Promise. For example:
var client = ;client;clientdeployrulesfirebase: 'myfirebase'token: processenvFIREBASE_TOKENcwd: '/path/to/project/folder';