Firebase + Ember = Mind Blown

I don’t think there is a faster way to build a web app than firebase and ember.

The awesomeness of Firebase’s realtime database, no server, no backend, instant deployment, hosting and user authentication makes it an incredibly productive choice.

Ember’s conventions and best practices and incredibly productive CLI makes it an excellent choice for your front-end. Let’s see how fast we can get a working app together.

Create a Firebase App

Go to your firebase console and create a new app

Firebase Console

Create a Firebase Database

Create a Realtime Database

Make sure you change the rules to enable read/write for testing purposes. Learn more about Firebase rules.

Create an Ember App

Install ember globally

npm install -g ember-cli

Create a new app

ember new my-demo-app

Install ember add-on into your app to enable firebase integration

cd my-demo-app
ember install emberfire

I ran into an issue (can’t remember what) but installing this add-on fixed it

ember install ember-cli-shims

Configure EmberFire

Get firebase credentials and add them to your ember app.

Configure EmberFire

Enable Authentication in Firebase

I hate writing authentication code. This is the fastest I have ever added authentication to an application. We will add Google login but firebase supports several OAuth providers including github, twitter, etc…

Enable Google Authentication

Add Authentication to Emeber

Install Torii

ember install torii

Add this to config/environment.js

torii: {
sessionServiceName: ‘session’

Create a file name app/torii-adapters/application.js with the following code:

import ToriiFirebaseAdapter from ‘emberfire/torii-adapters/firebase’;
export default ToriiFirebaseAdapter.extend({

Add login and logout functions in the application routeapp/routes/application.js :

import Ember from 'ember';
export default Ember.Route.extend({
session: Ember.inject.service(),
beforeModel: function() {
return this.get('session').fetch().catch(function() {});
actions: {
signIn: function(provider) {
this.get('session').open('firebase', { provider: provider}).then(function(data) {
signOut: function() {

Now add a login/logout button to your application template to test this out. In app/templates/application.hbs

{{#if session.isAuthenticated}}
Logged in as {{session.currentUser.displayName}}
<button {{action "signOut"}}>Sign out</button>
<button {{action "signIn" "google"}}>Sign in with Google</button>

THAT IS IT!!! You can login to your app with Google…

Login with Google

Create Data

Let’s create some data in our firebase database.

Create an ember model

ember g model article title:string

Then simply save the model as you usually do with any ember app and it magically appears in the database…

var article='article',{
title : 'Hello this is my title'

Go look in your firebase console and you will see your data in there.

Realtime data in action


Firebase provides hosting as well and it is dead simple.

Install the firebase tools cli

npm install -g firebase-tools

Build your ember app

ember build 

Init firebase and follow the prompts (more info here and here)

firebase init


firebase deploy

Tip: you can open your app url from the terminal by running firebase open .

Want to send emails with Firebase? See my article here.