An Introduction to using Firebase with Ionic

Who Am I ?

Sani Yusuf

  • Software Engineer
  • Keen Glass Explorer
  • Ionic Evangelist
  • Currently consulting for Huddlebuy 
  • Writer / Trainer on mobile 
  • I love Avatar (Im even learning Navi)


Looking For Co Founders

Why Im Here Today

  • Tell you about Firebase
  • Focus on AngularFire Library
  • Show you how quick it is to set a back-end with Firebase
  • Demo some super duper cool Firebase features like
    • 3 way data binding
    • Structuring your Firebase
    • Easy authentication 
  • Security

3, 2, 1, Lets Fly 


  • It is the single most important part of any application

    • Web
    • Mobile
    • TV
    • Wearable
  • Its all about presenting data. 

Storing Data

​Classic Procedure Of Storing Data

  • Pay hosting provider
  • Create a server
  • Create a database
  • Create a service to communicate 
  • Do al that load balancing mumbo jumbo 
  • Worry about performance forever and constantly fix all above as they always break

If you have a million dollar revenue making company then, this kind of makes sense

Unfortunately I am not, you are likely not too.

If you are let me know if you need a mobile developer :) 

Backend As A Service Is The New Trend

My Point?

Creating A Backend Should Not Suck

What We Want?

  • Easily deployable solution

  • Quickly save and access data via CRUD operations

  • Authentication provision 

  • Integration with our already existing tools

  • Should not have to worry about all the specifics


What Is Firebase?

A powerful technology for real-time data storage.

  • Very fast
  • Automatically updates in real-time 
  • Requires no set-up 
  • NOSQL by nature
  • Part of Google services since 2014

Yes And There Is More


Integrates with you favourite framework
  • Gives one heck of a free entry package
  • Upgrades are cheap
  • Authentication 
  • Security 

How Well Does It Work With Ionic?

Super Duper Well Thanks To Angular & AngularFire


  • Ionic is built on Angular
  • Firebase <3 Ionic
  • Firebase has an Angular Library called Angular Fire
  • Angular Fire Encapsulated as a service 



  • $firebaseObject
  • $firebaseArray
  • $firebaseAuth

Contains 3 Services


  • Used to Sync Object to Firebase
  • Creates a 3 way data-binding
  • Can perform CRUD operations
app.controller("MyCtrl", ["$scope", "$firebaseObject",
  function($scope, $firebaseObject) {
     var ref = new Firebase(URL);

     var obj = $firebaseObject(ref);

     // to take an action after the data loads, use the $loaded() promise
     obj.$loaded().then(function() {
        console.log("loaded record:", obj.$id, obj.someOtherKeyInData);

       // To iterate the key/value pairs of the object, use angular.forEach()
       angular.forEach(obj, function(value, key) {
          console.log(key, value);

     // To make the data available in the DOM, assign it to $scope
     $ = obj;

     // For three-way data bindings, bind it to the scope instead
     obj.$bindTo($scope, "data");


  • Used To Sync an array
  • creates a 3 way data binding
  • Lets you perform CRUD operations

Demo Time

May the demo gods be with us

Now You Believe Me?

Still no server, no PHP (I Hate), No Nothing


  • The award for the fastest auth process ever goes to Firebase. If you find something better tell me
  • Lets you create classic sign up 
  • You can also you login providers

User/Pass Auth

app.controller("MyAuthCtrl", ["$scope", "$firebaseAuth",
  function($scope, $firebaseAuth) {
    var ref = new Firebase("https://<your-firebase>");
    $scope.authObj = $firebaseAuth(ref);

      email: "",
      password: "mypassword"
    }).then(function(authData) {
      console.log("Logged in as:", authData.uid);
    }).catch(function(error) {
      console.error("Authentication failed:", error);



Sign Up User

      email: "",
      password: "mypassword"
    }).then(function(userData) {
      console.log("User " + userData.uid + " created successfully!");
      return $scope.authObj.$authWithPassword({
        email: "",
        password: "mypassword"
    }).then(function(authData) {
      console.log("Logged in as:", authData.uid);
    }).catch(function(error) {
      console.error("Error: ", error);

Provider Auth

    $scope.authObj.$authWithOAuthPopup("google").then(function(authData) {
      console.log("Logged in as:", authData.uid);
    }).catch(function(error) {
      console.error("Authentication failed:", error);

Other Auth

  • Custom Tokens
  • Anonymous login

Structure Data

  • NOSQL By Nature
  • Dont think SQL think JSON Object 
  • Denormalise your data


  • Expressive
  • Can express based on the following
    • Auth Permissions
    • Authentication Permission
    • Validation


  • We still don't have a server (take that back-end dev)
  • Very quick to do powerful stuff
  • Not always the best approach for you, works great for real-time apps 
  • Ties in perfectly with Ionic



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A quick intro to Firebase with Ionic

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