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Upgrade to Node.js SDK Admin SDK v10 (modular SDK)

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Version 10 of the Admin Node.js SDK introduces two important changes:

  • Support for Node.js 10 is discontinued (this is a breaking change)
  • The SDK has adopted a modular API pattern

This guide provides instructions and information to help developers upgrade existing Node.js apps from earlier versions of the Admin SDK to v10.

Update Node.js to v12 or higher

With the Admin Node.js SDK v10 release, Firebase has discontinued support for Node.js 10. Developers must use Node.js 12 or higher when using the Admin SDK. If you're using the Admin Node.js SDK together with Cloud Functions for Firebase, make sure that you have upgraded your Node.js version to 12 or higher.

Use modules instead of namespaces

Since its inception, the Admin Node.js SDK has offered a stable API structured as a nested namespace hierarchy. As a result, you might have become familiar with writing code that looks like this:

// Import the global admin namespace
import * as admin from 'firebase-admin';

const app: = admin.initializeApp();

const token: string = await admin.auth().createCustomToken('alice');

const user: admin.auth.UserRecord = await admin.auth().getUser('bob');

Starting from v10, the Admin Node.js SDK offers multiple module entry points with named exports. We recommend developers to use these new entry points to access the various APIs of the SDK, as opposed to using the global admin namespace.

Here’s what the above example would look like with the new module entry points:


// Import only what you need
import { initializeApp, App } from 'firebase-admin/app';
import { getAuth, UserRecord } from 'firebase-admin/auth';

const app: App = initializeApp();

const token: string = await getAuth().createCustomToken('alice');

const user: UserRecord = getAuth().getUser('bob');


// Import only what you need
const { initializeApp } = require('firebase-admin/app');
const { getAuth } = require('firebase-admin/auth');

const app = initializeApp();

const token = await getAuth().createCustomToken('alice');

const user = getAuth().getUser('bob');

Using v10 modular entry points

Note that, in the examples above, you are no longer importing a global admin namespace. Instead, you explicitly import only the symbols you need from several module entry points. Also, TypeScript developers no longer have to use triple- nested type identifiers like admin.auth.UserRecord and admin.database.Reference. Since each type belongs to exactly one module, you can just import them by their short names like UserRecord and Reference.

Here are all the module entry points available in the SDK as of v10:

  • firebase-admin/app
  • firebase-admin/auth
  • firebase-admin/database
  • firebase-admin/firestore
  • firebase-admin/instance-id
  • firebase-admin/machine-learning
  • firebase-admin/messaging
  • firebase-admin/project-management
  • firebase-admin/remote-config
  • firebase-admin/security-rules
  • firebase-admin/storage

The following table shows the replacement import syntax for each of the legacy namespace functions:

v9 v10
admin.initializeApp() import { initializeApp } from 'firebase-admin/app'

initializeApp(); import { getApp } from 'firebase-admin/ap'


admin.credential.cert() import { cert } from 'firebase-admin/app'


admin.auth() import { getAuth } from 'firebase-admin/auth'


admin.database() import { getDatabase } from 'firebase-admin/database'


admin.firestore() import { getFirestore } from 'firebase-admin/firestore'


admin.instanceId() import { getInstanceId } from 'firebase-admin/instance-id'


admin.machineLearning() import { getMachineLearning } from 'firebase-admin/machine-learning'


admin.messaging() import { getMessaging } from 'firebase-admin/messaging'


admin.projectManagement() import { getProjectManagement } from 'firebase-admin/project-management'


admin.remoteConfig() import { getRemoteConfig } from 'firebase-admin/remote-config'


admin.securityRules() import { getSecurityRules } from 'firebase-admin/security-rules'

getSecurityRules() import { getStorage } from 'firebase-admin/storage'


Use exported functions instead of methods on App

In the legacy API, the App object exposed a number of methods like app.auth() and app.database(). We recommend developers to avoid using these methods, and instead use the same module entry points described above to obtain service instances scoped to a given App object, and perform other app-specific tasks.

v9 v10
app.auth() import { getAuth } from 'firebase-admin/auth';


app.database() import { getDatabase } from 'firebase-admin/database';


app.database(url) import { getDatabaseWithUrl } from 'firebase-admin/database';

getDatabaseWithUrl(url, app);

app.firestore() import { getFirestore } from 'firebase-admin/firestore'


app.instanceId() import { getInstanceId } from 'firebase-admin/instance-id'


app.machineLearning() import { getMachineLearning } from 'firebase-admin/machine-learning'


app.messaging() import { getMessaging } from 'firebase-admin/messaging'


app.projectManagement() import { getProjectManagement } from 'firebase-admin/project-management'


app.remoteConfig() import { getRemoteConfig } from 'firebase-admin/remote-config'


app.securityRules() import { getSecurityRules } from 'firebase-admin/security-rules'

getSecurityRules(app); import { getStorage } from 'firebase-admin/storage'


app.delete() import { deleteApp } from 'firebase-admin/app';


ES modules support

Node.js 12 and above come with experimental support for ES modules, enabling even non-TypeScript developers to use the export and import keywords in their code. Starting from the v10 release, the Admin Node.js SDK also provides ES modules support, so that developers implementing ES modules on plain Node.js can import the SDK using import syntax.

To use ES modules with the Admin SDK, first make sure you have enabled ESM support for your Node.js runtime. This is usually done by adding a "type": "module" field to your package.json file. Then you can write application code that looks like this:

// With {type: module} in the package.json...

// Import only what you need
import { initializeApp }  from 'firebase-admin/app';
import { getAuth } from 'firebase-admin/auth';

const app = initializeApp();

const token = await getAuth().createCustomToken('alice');

const user = getAuth().getUser('bob');