Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI

How To Automatically Deploy React To Firebase Hosting With CircleCI

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — How To Automatically Deploy React To Firebase Hosting With CircleCI

What We’re Doing

What we’re trying to do with this tutorial is to automate our code commits being tested and automatically deployed with CircleCI.

Why Though?

“Boils down to saving time.”

Sometimes developers don’t run unit tests and double check their code to make sure things are working correctly.


  • NodeJS — 10.16.3
  • GitHub Account
  • CircleCI Account Linked With GitHub

Create React App

Let’s get started! We’re going to start by doing the basic the create-react-app:

npx create-react-app c;

Initial Jest Test

Once the app is scaffolded out, let’s try a simple test.

yarn run test --watchAll=false; # npm run test--watchAll=false;# Expected Output
# yarn run v1.16.0
# $ react-scripts test --watchAll=false
# PASS src/App.test.js
# ✓ renders without crashing (25ms)

# Test Suites: 1 passed, 1 total
# Tests: 1 passed, 1 total
# Snapshots: 0 total
# Time: 1.046s
# Ran all test suites.
# ✨ Done in 1.83s.

NOTE: for npm this might not exit the watch, so we need to add the following modification to our package.json to add another test with the watchAll=false

File: ./package.json

"scripts": {
"start": "react-scripts start",
"build": "react-scripts build",
"test": "react-scripts test",
"test-nowatch": "react-scripts test --watchAll=false",
"eject": "react-scripts eject"

GitHub Repository Setup

Next we’re going to setup a new repository on GitHub and configure our local folder with that new create-react-app we just made.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — GitHub Repository Setup

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UPDATE: Another Developer on Reddit pointed out that you do not need to do this ☝. Thanks oplav 🙏.

Link the folder to the repository:

git remote add origin{youraccount}/deploy-react-firebase-circleci.git;

Lastly, add, commit, and push our code:

git add .;
git commit -m "INIT: initial commit.";
git push origin master;

CircleCI Setup & Config

To setup CircleCI, we need to sign up and connect our GitHub account.

Sign Up

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — CircleCI Sign Up

Add Project

Go to Add Project on the left sidebar.

Set Up Project

Make sure to setup you new deploy-creact-firebase-circleci

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — CircleCI Add Project

Configure Project

Select Linux and select Node. Copy to your clipboard the config.yml file and then click Start Building.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — CircleCI Configure Project


Right away it will start building, but because there is no config.yml file yet, it’ll give an error.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — CircleCI Building

Next to the name of your project will be a Cog Icon, click it to be brought to the Project Settings.

Pull Requests

We’re to set up CircleCI to only build on Pull Requests (PRs) and our main branch master. This is to make we save on our Free account offered from CircleCI.

In Project Settings, click Advanced Settings, and then select On for Only build pull requests.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — CircleCI Advanced Settings

Configuring Our First Test

Now that we have everything setup, we can no create our first config.yml file in our repository.

First, create a new folder call .circleci and place it in a file called config.yml. We’ll use this node circleci configuration as a base and but make some changes.

File: /.circleci/config.yml

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — config.yml React Test

Create a new a branch react-test so that we can create a new PR, commit, and push our changes.

git checkout -b react-test;
git add .;
git commit -m "FEAT: Initial CircleCI config.yml";
git push origin react-test;

Create A Pull Request On GitHub

This is so that we can initiate the process for a build on CircleCI.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — GitHub New Pull request

As soon as you create a Pull Request, it will automatically run the test and show a pass like we did before at the beginning with yarn run test or npm run test-nowatch.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — GitHub CircleCI Pass

If you click on Details right of ci/circleci: build, you can see the tests that were successfully performed on CircleCI.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI —Circle Test Passed

Now if want to add more tests, we can, so that it acts as a last minute check before we try to merge things.

Firebase Setup

Next thing we want to do is deploy our code directly to Firebase.

I’m already going to assume that the Firebase project has been setup on but not within out project.

Initial React Build

Before we continue setting up things with react, we’ll do an initial build that we’ll be using later. Run the following:

yarn run build; # npm run build;

Firebase Project Login

If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to add firebase-tools to the project.

yarn add firebase-tools --dev; # npm install firebase-tools --dev;

Login and select your existing project.

./node_modules/firebase-tools/lib/bin/firebase.js init;

Select Hosting:

◯ Database: Deploy Firebase Realtime Database Rules
◯ Firestore: Deploy rules and create indexes for Firestore
◯ Functions: Configure and deploy Cloud Functions
❯◉ Hosting: Configure and deploy Firebase Hosting sites
◯ Storage: Deploy Cloud Storage security rules

Select Use Existing Project:

❯ Use an existing project 
Create a new project
Add Firebase to an existing Google Cloud Platform project
Don't set up a default project

Select your project:

❯ your-project-1234abc (your-firebase-project-1234abc)

Press Enter:

? What do you want to use as your public directory?

Press y and then Enter:

? Configure as a single-page app (rewrite all urls to /index.html)? (y/N) y

Press n and then Enter:

? File public/index.html already exists. Overwrite? (y/N) n

In your repository you’ll see two new files:


I’m going to add .firebaserc to .gitignore so that this repository is not bound to one firebase project, if needed.

File: .gitignore

# misc

And we’ll create a copy file called .firebaserc.example

File: .firebaserc.example

"projects": {
"default": "[YOUR-PROJECT-ID]"

We’re going to use this as a template later to fill it in on the fly with CircleCI.

Lastly, we’re going to modify our firebase.json file to point to the build folder we created, so that Firebase knows to public this directory instead of the uncompressed public folder.

File: firebase.json

"hosting": {
"public": "build",
"ignore": [
"rewrites": [
"source": "**",
"destination": "/index.html"

CircleCI Workflows

This next step, we’re going to modify the configm.yml, add a build process, add the ability to generate a .firebaserc file and add a deploy process, where deploy only happens on the master branch.

NOTE: Pay attention to your yaml spaces or tabs. They really do matter.

File: /.circleci/config.yml

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — config.yml React Test & Deploy Script

Remember to git add, commit, and push the code.

Generate Firebase Login CI Token

The tests should pass and now we just need to account for $FIREBASE_PROJECT_ID and $FIREBASE_TOKEN in CircleCI.

Before we can do that we need to generate a continuous integration token from Firebase, by running:

./node_modules/firebase-tools/lib/bin/firebase.js login:ci

You’ll be redirect to log into your account and then a token should be generated:

# Expected OutputWaiting for authentication...✔  Success! Use this token to login on a CI server:1234abc56789nmadjdasddasdjkhsakdhsadsa312hadjhsakdashdasdExample: firebase deploy --token "$FIREBASE_TOKEN"

CircleCI Environment Variables

After retrieving all the keys you need, go back CircleCI and go to the Project Settings and click on Environment Variables.

We’re going to click Add Variable and enter the appropriate keys.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — Environment Variable FIREBASE_PROJECT_ID
Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — Environment Variable FIREBASE_TOKEN

Merge The Pull Requests

Now we’ll go back to the Pull Request and merge the successfully passed code.

The code will now be tested once more on master and if everything is good, it will deploy the code to the Firebase hosting automatically.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — Merged Branch
Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — Build and Deploy Tests Passed

Visiting Our Firebase React Project

Now when you visit the deployment linkhttps://{your-project-id} you should see the code successfully deployed.

Deploy React To Firebase With CircleCI — Successfully Deployed React App On Firebase

What Else You Can Do

We’re successfully automated testing and deployment of our React app on Firebase Hosting, but there is definitely more that we can do.

What some developers have done is adjust some of the settings for GitHub to prevent other developers from merging code to master unless they have passed all their tests.

Additional you could split up your app and add a NodeJS backend which would have its own testing and deployment process.

If you got value from this, and/or if you think this can be improved, please let me know in the comments.

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