reactfire

Firebase mixin for ReactJS

ReactFire

ReactJS is a framework for building large, complex user interfaces. Firebase complements it perfectly by providing an easy-to-use, realtime data source for populating the state of React components. With ReactFire, it only takes a few lines of JavaScript to integrate Firebase data into React apps via the ReactFireMixin.

Read through our documentation on using Firebase with React and check out our live Todo app demo to get started!

In order to use ReactFire in your project, you need to include the following files in your HTML:

<!-- React JS -->
<script src="https://fb.me/react-0.13.3.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://fb.me/JSXTransformer-0.13.3.js"></script>
 
<!-- Firebase -->
<script src="https://cdn.firebase.com/js/client/2.2.7/firebase.js"></script>
 
<!-- ReactFire -->
<script src="https://cdn.firebase.com/libs/reactfire/0.5.0/reactfire.min.js"></script>

Use the URL above to download both the minified and non-minified versions of ReactFire from the Firebase CDN. You can also download them from the releases page of this GitHub repository. Firebase and React can be downloaded directly from their respective websites.

You can also install ReactFire via npm or Bower and its dependencies will be downloaded automatically:

$ npm install reactfire --save
$ bower install reactfire --save

ReactFire requires Firebase in order to store data. You can sign up here for a free account.

To use the ReactFireMixin in a React component, add it to the component's mixins property:

var ExampleComponent = React.createClass({
  mixins: [ReactFireMixin],
  ...
});

The ReactFire APIs will then be available from the this object inside of ExampleComponent.

The ReactFire quickstart is a great place to get started. There is a walkthrough on how to create the Todo app demo in the ReactFire guide. Finally, there is a full API reference as well.

If you'd like to contribute to ReactFire, you'll need to run the following commands to get your environment set up:

$ git clone https://github.com/firebase/reactfire.git
$ cd reactfire          # go to the reactfire directory
$ npm install -g gulp   # globally install gulp task runner
$ npm install -g bower  # globally install Bower package manager
$ npm install           # install local npm build / test dependencies
$ bower install         # install local JavaScript dependencies
$ gulp watch            # watch for source file changes

gulp watch will watch for changes in the /src/ directory and lint, concatenate, and minify the source files when a change occurs. The output files - reactfire.js and reactfire.min.js - are written to the /dist/ directory.

You can run the test suite by navigating to file:///path/to/reactfire/tests/index.html or via the command line using gulp test.