Get Started with Cloud Storage for Unity

Cloud Storage for Firebase lets you upload and share user generated content, such as images and video, which allows you to build rich media content into your apps. Your data is stored in a Google Cloud Storage bucket, an exabyte scale object storage solution with high availability and global redundancy. Cloud Storage lets you securely upload these files directly from mobile devices and web browsers, handling spotty networks with ease.

Before you begin

Before you can use Cloud Storage, you will need to create a Firebase project, and add the Firebase Unity SDK packages to your Unity project.

Setup:

Prerequisites

Android

iOS

  • Unity 5.0 or later
  • Xcode 8.0 or later

If you don't have a Unity project already, you can download one of our quickstart samples and experiment with a specific Firebase feature. If you're using a quickstart, remember to get the bundle identifier from the project settings; you need it for the next step.

Set up your app in the Firebase console

To add Firebase to your app, you need a Firebase project and a Firebase configuration file for your app.

To create a Firebase project:

  1. Go to the Firebase console.

  2. Click Add project, then select or enter a Project name.

    • If you have an existing Google project associated with your app, select the project from the Project name dropdown menu.
    • If you don't have an existing Google project, enter a new Project name.
  3. (Optional) Edit the Project ID.

    Firebase automatically assigns a unique ID to your Firebase project. This identifier displays in publicly visible Firebase services, for example:

    • Default database URL — your-project-id.firebaseio.com
    • Default hosting subdomain — your-project-id.firebaseapp.com
  4. Follow the remaining setup steps, then click Create project (or Add Firebase, if you're using an existing Google project).

Firebase automatically provisions resources for your Firebase project. The process typically takes a few minutes. When the process completes, you'll be taken to the overview page for your Firebase project in the Firebase console.

Android

  1. Click Add Firebase to your Android app and follow the setup steps. If you're importing an existing Google project, this may happen automatically and you can just download the config file.
  2. When prompted, enter your app's package name. It's important to enter the package name your app is using; this can only be set when you add an app to your Firebase project.
  3. During the process, you'll download a google-services.json file. You can download this file again at any time.
  4. After you add the initialization code, run your app to send verification to the Firebase console that you've successfully installed Firebase.

iOS

  1. Click Add Firebase to your iOS app and follow the setup steps. If you're importing an existing Google project, this may happen automatically and you can just download the config file.
  2. When prompted, enter your app's bundle ID. It's important to enter the bundle ID your app is using; this can only be set when you add an app to your Firebase project.
  3. During the process, you'll download a GoogleService-Info.plist file. You can download this file again at any time.
  4. After you add the initialization code, run your app to send verification to the Firebase console that you've successfully installed Firebase.
  5. Drag the GoogleService-Info.plist downloaded from the Firebase console into any folder in the Unity project.

Add the Firebase Unity SDK to your app

  1. Download the Firebase Unity SDK.
  2. Select the Assets > Import Package > Custom Package menu item.
  3. Import FirebaseStorage.unitypackage from the directory that matches the version of Unity you use:
    • Unity 5.x and earlier use the .NET 3.x framework, so you need to import the dotnet3/FirebaseStorage.unitypackage package.
    • Unity 2017.x and newer allow the use of the .NET 4.x framework. If your project is configured to use .NET 4.x, import the dotnet4/FirebaseStorage.unitypackage package.
  4. When the Import Unity Package window appears, click the Import button.

Initialize the SDK

The Firebase Unity SDK on Android requires Google Play services, which must be up-to-date before the SDK can be used. The following code should be added at the start of your application to check for and optionally update Google Play services to the version required by the Firebase Unity SDK before calling any other methods in the SDK.

Firebase.FirebaseApp.CheckAndFixDependenciesAsync().ContinueWith(task => {
  var dependencyStatus = task.Result;
  if (dependencyStatus == Firebase.DependencyStatus.Available) {
    // Create and hold a reference to your FirebaseApp, i.e.
    //   app = Firebase.FirebaseApp.DefaultInstance;
    // where app is a Firebase.FirebaseApp property of your application class.

    // Set a flag here indicating that Firebase is ready to use by your
    // application.
  } else {
    UnityEngine.Debug.LogError(System.String.Format(
      "Could not resolve all Firebase dependencies: {0}", dependencyStatus));
    // Firebase Unity SDK is not safe to use here.
  }
});

Build your app

Android

  1. Select the File > Build Settings menu option.
  2. Select Android in the Platform list.
  3. Click Switch Platform to select Android as the target platform.
  4. Wait for the spinner (compiling) icon in the bottom right corner of the Unity status bar to stop.
  5. Click Build and Run.

iOS

  1. Select the File > Build Settings menu option.
  2. Select iOS in the Platform list.
  3. Click Switch Platform to select iOS as the target platform.
  4. Wait for the spinner (compiling) icon in the bottom right corner of the Unity status bar to stop.
  5. Click Build and Run.

Set up public access

Cloud Storage for Firebase provides a declarative rules language that allows you to define how your data should be structured, how it should be indexed, and when your data can be read from and written to. By default, read and write access to Storage is restricted so only authenticated users can read or write data. To get started without setting up Authentication, you can configure your rules for public access.

This does make Storage open to anyone, even people not using your app, so be sure to restrict your Storage again when you set up authentication.

Access the FirebaseStorage class

The Firebase.Storage.FirebaseStorage is the entry point for the Cloud Storage Unity SDK.

// Get a reference to the storage service, using the default Firebase App
FirebaseStorage storage = FirebaseStorage.DefaultInstance;

You're ready to start using Cloud Storage!

First, let's learn how to create a Cloud Storage reference.

Advanced setup

There are a few use cases that require additional setup:

The first use case is perfect if you have users across the world, and want to store their data near them. For instance, you can create buckets in the US, Europe, and Asia to store data for users in those regions to reduce latency.

The second use case is helpful if you have data with different access patterns. For instance: you can set up a multi-regional or regional bucket that stores pictures or other frequently accessed content, and a nearline or coldline bucket that stores user backups or other infrequently accessed content.

In either of these use cases, you'll want to use multiple storage buckets.

The third use case is useful if you're building an app, like Google Drive, which lets users have multiple logged in accounts (for instance, a personal account and a work account). You can use a custom Firebase App instance to authenticate each additional account.

Use multiple storage buckets

If you want to use a storage bucket other than the default provided above, or use multiple storage buckets in a single app, you can create an instance of FirebaseStorage that references your custom bucket:

// Get a non-default Storage bucket
var storage = FirebaseStorage.GetInstance("gs://my-custom-bucket");

Working with imported buckets

When importing an existing Cloud Storage bucket into Firebase, you'll have to grant Firebase the ability to access these files using the gsutil tool, included in the Google Cloud SDK:

gsutil -m acl ch -r -u firebase-storage@system.gserviceaccount.com:O gs://<your-cloud-storage-bucket>

This does not affect newly created buckets, as those have the default access control set to allow Firebase. This is a temporary measure, and will be performed automatically in the future.

Use a custom Firebase App

If you're building a more complicated app using a custom FirebaseApp, you can create an instance of FirebaseStorage initialized with that app:

// Get the default bucket from a custom FirebaseApp
FirebaseStorage storage = FirebaseStorage.GetInstance(customApp);

// Get a non-default bucket from a custom FirebaseApp
FirebaseStorage storage = FirebaseStorage.GetInstance(customApp, "gs://my-custom-bucket");

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