Catch up on everything announced at Firebase Summit, and learn how Firebase can help you accelerate app development and run your app with confidence. Learn More

Authenticate with a service account

Stay organized with collections Save and categorize content based on your preferences.

Service accounts are useful for setting up App Distribution in a CI environment. Authenticating with a service account allows you to use client libraries (e.g., the Firebase CLI or fastlane) to distribute your builds. When you use a service account to authenticate, Firebase uses Application Default Credentials (ADC) to locate your app's credentials, which you can provide by setting the GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable.

  1. On the Google Cloud Console, select your project and create a new service account.
  2. Add the Firebase App Distribution Admin role.
  3. Create a private json key and move the key to a location accessible to your build environment. Be sure to keep this file somewhere safe, as it grants administrator access to App Distribution in your Firebase project.
  4. Skip this step if you created your app after September 20, 2019: In the Google APIs console, enable the Firebase App Distribution API. When prompted, select the project with the same name as your Firebase project.
  5. Set the environment variable GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS to the path of your private key JSON file:
    export GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS=/absolute/path/to/credentials/file.json