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React Firestore CRUD App example | Firebase Cloud Firestore

In this tutorial, I will show you step by step to build a React Firestore CRUD App example.

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React Firestore CRUD Overview

We’re gonna build an React Firestore App using firebase library in which:

  • Each Tutorial has id, title, description, published status.
  • We can create, retrieve, update, delete Tutorials (CRUD operations) from Firebase Cloud Firestore

Here are the screenshots:

– Create a new Tutorial:

react-firestore-crud-app-create

Cloud Firestore after the Create Operations:

react-firestore-crud-app-cloud-firestore-data-view

– Retrieve all Tutorials, the details will show when clicking on any Tutorial:

react-firestore-crud-app-retrieve

– Change status to Published/Pending using Publish/UnPublish button:

react-firestore-crud-app-update-status

– Update the Tutorial details with Update button:

react-firestore-crud-app-update

– Delete the Tutorial using Delete button:

react-firestore-crud-app-delete

CRUD Operations using Firestore CollectionReference

We’re gonna use instance of firebase.firestore.CollectionReference to read/write data from the Firestore.

var tutorialsRef = firebase.firestore().collection("/tutorials");

– Read collection once using get():

tutorialsRef.get().then(function(snapshot) {
  vat tutorials = [];

  snapshot.forEach(function(childSnapshot) {
    var id = childSnapshot.id;
    var data = childSnapshot.val();
    // ...

    tutorials.push({ id: id, title: data.title, description: data.description});
  });
});

– Read collection with listening to the data changes using onSnapshot():

tutorialsRef.onSnapshot(function(snapshot) {
  snapshot.docChanges().forEach(function(change) {
    if (change.type === "added") {
      console.log("New tutorial: ", change.doc.data());
    }
    if (change.type === "modified") {
      console.log("Modified tutorial: ", change.doc.data());
    }
    if (change.type === "removed") {
      console.log("Removed tutorial: ", change.doc.data());
    }
  });
});

– Listening for all value change events on a collection reference

tutorialsRef.onSnapshot(function(snapshot) {
  snapshot.forEach(function(childSnapshot) {
    var id = childSnapshot.id;
    var childData = childSnapshot.val();
    // ...
  });
});

– Detach the listener to stop using bandwidth to receive updates:

var unsubscribe = tutorialsRef.onSnapshot(function(snapshot) {
  // ...
});

// Stop listening to changes
unsubscribe();

– Create a new document in collection using add():

tutorialsRef.add({
  title: "bezkoder Tut#1",
  description: "Helpful tutorial"
})
.then(function(docRef) {
    console.log("Tutorial created with ID: ", docRef.id);
})
.catch(function(error) {
    console.error("Error adding Tutorial: ", error);
});;

– Update document by id in collection:
+ destructive update using set(): delete everything currently in place, then save the new value

tutorialsRef.doc(id).set({
  title: 'zkoder Tut#1',
  description: 'Tut#1 Description'
});

+ non-destructive update using update(): only updates the specified values

tutorialsRef.doc(id).update({
  title: 'zkoder new Tut#1'
});

– Delete a document by id in collection:

tutorialsRef.doc(id).delete();

– Delete entire collection: Deleting Firestore collections from a Web client is not recommended.
You can find the solution here.

Technology

  • React 16
  • firebase 7
  • bootstrap 4

Setup the Firebase Project

Go to Firebase Console, login with your Google Account, then click on Add Project.

You will see the window like this:

react-firestore-crud-create-firebase-project

Enter Project name, set Project Id and click on Continue.
Turn off Enable Google Analytics for this project, then click Create Project.

Now, browser turns into following view:

react-firestore-crud-choose-web-app

If you don’t see it, just choose Project Overview.
Click on Web App, a window will be shown:

react-firestore-crud-example-register-app

Set the nickname and choose Register App for next step.

react-firestore-crud-app-add-firebase-sdk

Copy the script for later use.

Choose Cloud Firestore on the left (list of Firebase features) -> Create Database.

react-firestore-crud-create-database

In this tutorial, we don’t implement Authentication, so let’s choose test mode:

react-firestore-crud-app-set-rules

Or if you come from another situation, just open Tab Rules, then change allow read, write value to true.

Finally, we need to set Cloud Firestore Location:

react-firestore-crud-app-set-cloud-firestore-location

Setup React.js Project

Open cmd at the folder you want to save Project folder, run command:
npx create-react-app react-firestore-crud

After the process is done. We create additional folders and files like the following tree:


public

src

components

add-tutorial.component.js

tutorial.component.js

tutorials-list.component.js

services

tutorial.service.js

App.css

App.js

firebase.js

index.js

package.json


Let me explain it briefly.

firebase.js configures information to connect with Firebase Project and export Firebase Firestore service.
services/tutorial.service.js exports TutorialDataService that uses firebase‘s Firestore CollectionReference to interact with Firestore.
– There are 3 components that uses TutorialDataService:

  • add-tutorial for creating new item
  • tutorials-list contains list of items, parent of tutorial
  • tutorial shows item details

App.js contains Browser Router view and navigation bar.

Import Bootstrap to React Firestore CRUD App

Run command: npm install bootstrap.

Open src/App.js and modify the code inside it as following-

import React, { Component } from "react";
import "bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css";

class App extends Component {
  render() {
    // ...
  }
}

export default App;

Add React Router to React Firestore CRUD App

– Run the command: npm install react-router-dom.
– Open src/index.js and wrap App component by BrowserRouter object.

import React from "react";
import ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import { BrowserRouter } from "react-router-dom";

import App from "./App";
import * as serviceWorker from "./serviceWorker";

ReactDOM.render(
  <BrowserRouter>
    <App />
  </BrowserRouter>,
  document.getElementById("root")
);

serviceWorker.unregister();

Add Navbar to React Firestore CRUD App

Open src/App.js, this App component is the root container for our application, it will contain a navbar, and also, a Switch object with several Route. Each Route points to a React Component.

There are 2 main routes:

  • /add for add-tutorial component
  • /tutorials for tutorials-list component
import React, { Component } from "react";
import { Switch, Route, Link } from "react-router-dom";
import "bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css";
import "./App.css";

import AddTutorial from "./components/add-tutorial.component";
import TutorialsList from "./components/tutorials-list.component";

class App extends Component {
  render() {
    return (
      <div>
        <nav className="navbar navbar-expand navbar-dark bg-dark">
          <a href="/tutorials" className="navbar-brand">
            bezKoder
          </a>
          <div className="navbar-nav mr-auto">
            <li className="nav-item">
              <Link to={"/tutorials"} className="nav-link">
                Tutorials
              </Link>
            </li>
            <li className="nav-item">
              <Link to={"/add"} className="nav-link">
                Add
              </Link>
            </li>
          </div>
        </nav>

        <div className="container mt-3">
          <h2>React Firestore CRUD</h2>
          <Switch>
            <Route exact path={["/", "/tutorials"]} component={TutorialsList} />
            <Route exact path="/add" component={AddTutorial} />
          </Switch>
        </div>
      </div>
    );
  }
}

export default App;

Integrate Firebase into React App

First run the command: npm install firebase.

Open src/firebase.js, import firebase library and add configuration that we have saved when Popup window was shown:

import * as firebase from "firebase";
import "firebase/firestore";

let config = {
  apiKey: "xxx",
  authDomain: "bezkoder-firebase.firebaseapp.com",
  databaseURL: "https://bezkoder-firebase.firebaseio.com",
  projectId: "bezkoder-firebase",
  storageBucket: "bezkoder-firebase.appspot.com",
  messagingSenderId: "xxx",
  appId: "xxx",
};

firebase.initializeApp(config);

export default firebase.firestore();

Don’t forget to export firebase.firestore.Firestore service with firebase.firestore().

Create Data Service

This service will use Firestore service exported above to interact with Firebase Cloud Firestore. It contains necessary functions for CRUD operations.

services/tutorial.service.js

import firebase from "../firebase";

const db = firebase.collection("/tutorials");

class TutorialDataService {
  getAll() {
    return db;
  }

  create(tutorial) {
    return db.add(tutorial);
  }

  update(id, value) {
    return db.doc(id).update(value);
  }

  delete(id) {
    return db.doc(id).delete();
  }
}

export default new TutorialDataService();

Component for creating Documents

This component has a Form to submit new Tutorial with 3 fields: title, description & published (false by default). It calls TutorialDataService.create() method.

components/add-tutorial.component.js

import React, { Component } from "react";
import TutorialDataService from "../services/tutorial.service";

export default class AddTutorial extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    super(props);
    this.onChangeTitle = this.onChangeTitle.bind(this);
    this.onChangeDescription = this.onChangeDescription.bind(this);
    this.saveTutorial = this.saveTutorial.bind(this);
    this.newTutorial = this.newTutorial.bind(this);

    this.state = {
      title: "",
      description: "",
      published: false,

      submitted: false,
    };
  }

  onChangeTitle(e) {
    this.setState({
      title: e.target.value,
    });
  }

  onChangeDescription(e) {
    this.setState({
      description: e.target.value,
    });
  }

  saveTutorial() {
    let data = {
      title: this.state.title,
      description: this.state.description,
      published: false
    };

    TutorialDataService.create(data)
      .then(() => {
        console.log("Created new item successfully!");
        this.setState({
          submitted: true,
        });
      })
      .catch((e) => {
        console.log(e);
      });
  }

  newTutorial() {
    this.setState({
      title: "",
      description: "",
      published: false,

      submitted: false,
    });
  }

  render() { ... }
}

First, we define the constructor and set initial state, bind this to the different events.

Because there are 2 fields, so we create 2 functions to track the values of the input and set that state for changes. We also have a function to get value of the form (state) and call TutorialDataService.create() method.

For render() method, we check the submitted state, if it is true, we show Add button for creating new Tutorial again. Otherwise, a Form will display.

export default class AddTutorial extends Component {
  // ...

  render() {
    return (
      <div className="submit-form">
        {this.state.submitted ? (
          <div>
            <h4>You submitted successfully!</h4>
            <button className="btn btn-success" onClick={this.newTutorial}>
              Add
            </button>
          </div>
        ) : (
          <div>
            <div className="form-group">
              <label htmlFor="title">Title</label>
              <input
                type="text"
                className="form-control"
                id="title"
                required
                value={this.state.title}
                onChange={this.onChangeTitle}
                name="title"
              />
            </div>

            <div className="form-group">
              <label htmlFor="description">Description</label>
              <input
                type="text"
                className="form-control"
                id="description"
                required
                value={this.state.description}
                onChange={this.onChangeDescription}
                name="description"
              />
            </div>

            <button onClick={this.saveTutorial} className="btn btn-success">
              Submit
            </button>
          </div>
        )}
      </div>
    );
  }
}

Component for List of Documents

This component has:

  • a tutorials array displayed as a list on the left.
  • a selected Tutorial which is shown on the right.

So we will have following state:

  • tutorials
  • currentTutorial and currentIndex

We also need to use TutorialDataService‘s getAll() method with .orderBy("title", "asc") for sort the list by title field in ascending order.

components/tutorials-list.component.js

import React, { Component } from "react";
import TutorialDataService from "../services/tutorial.service";

import Tutorial from "./tutorial.component";

export default class TutorialsList extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    super(props);
    this.refreshList = this.refreshList.bind(this);
    this.setActiveTutorial = this.setActiveTutorial.bind(this);
    this.onDataChange = this.onDataChange.bind(this);

    this.state = {
      tutorials: [],
      currentTutorial: null,
      currentIndex: -1,
    };

    this.unsubscribe = undefined;
  }

  componentDidMount() {
    this.unsubscribe = TutorialDataService.getAll().orderBy("title", "asc").onSnapshot(this.onDataChange);
  }

  componentWillUnmount() {
    this.unsubscribe();
  }

  onDataChange(items) {
    let tutorials = [];

    items.forEach((item) => {
      let id = item.id;
      let data = item.data();
      tutorials.push({
        id: id,
        title: data.title,
        description: data.description,
        published: data.published,
      });
    });

    this.setState({
      tutorials: tutorials,
    });
  }

  refreshList() {
    this.setState({
      currentTutorial: null,
      currentIndex: -1,
    });
  }

  setActiveTutorial(tutorial, index) {
    this.setState({
      currentTutorial: tutorial,
      currentIndex: index,
    });
  }

  render() { ... }
}

In the code above, we add a listener for data value changes in componentDidMount() and detach the listener in componentWillUnmount().

Inside listener function, we get the id and other fields of each item. This id is unique and important for update operation.

We also have refreshList() function for every time delete operation is done.

Let’s continue to implement render() method:

export default class TutorialsList extends Component {
  // ...

  render() {
    const { tutorials, currentTutorial, currentIndex } = this.state;

    return (
      <div className="list row">
        <div className="col-md-6">
          <h4>Tutorials List</h4>

          <ul className="list-group">
            {tutorials &&
              tutorials.map((tutorial, index) => (
                <li
                  className={ "list-group-item " + (index === currentIndex ? "active" : "") }
                  onClick={() => this.setActiveTutorial(tutorial, index)}
                  key={index}
                >
                  {tutorial.title}
                </li>
              ))}
          </ul>
        </div>
        <div className="col-md-6">
          {currentTutorial ? (
            <Tutorial
              tutorial={currentTutorial}
              refreshList={this.refreshList}
            />
          ) : (
            <div>
              <br />
              <p>Please click on a Tutorial...</p>
            </div>
          )}
        </div>
      </div>
    );
  }
}

You can see that when we click on any item, setActiveTutorial() function will be invoked to change current active Tutorial, which data is passed to tutorial component.

Component for Document details

This component is the child of tutorial-list. It bind tutorial data and invoke refreshList of the parent.

For getting update, delete the Tutorial, we’re gonna use two TutorialDataService methods:

  • update()
  • delete()

components/tutorial.component.ts

import React, { Component } from "react";
import TutorialDataService from "../services/tutorial.service";

export default class Tutorial extends Component {
  constructor(props) {
    super(props);
    this.onChangeTitle = this.onChangeTitle.bind(this);
    this.onChangeDescription = this.onChangeDescription.bind(this);
    this.updatePublished = this.updatePublished.bind(this);
    this.updateTutorial = this.updateTutorial.bind(this);
    this.deleteTutorial = this.deleteTutorial.bind(this);

    this.state = {
      currentTutorial: {
        id: null,
        title: "",
        description: "",
        published: false,
      },
      message: "",
    };
  }

  static getDerivedStateFromProps(nextProps, prevState) {
    const { tutorial } = nextProps;
    if (prevState.currentTutorial.id !== tutorial.id) {
      return {
        currentTutorial: tutorial,
        message: ""
      };
    }

    return prevState.currentTutorial;
  }

  componentDidMount() {
    this.setState({
      currentTutorial: this.props.tutorial,
    });
  }

  onChangeTitle(e) {
    const title = e.target.value;

    this.setState(function (prevState) {
      return {
        currentTutorial: {
          ...prevState.currentTutorial,
          title: title,
        },
      };
    });
  }

  onChangeDescription(e) {
    const description = e.target.value;

    this.setState((prevState) => ({
      currentTutorial: {
        ...prevState.currentTutorial,
        description: description,
      },
    }));
  }

  updatePublished(status) {
    TutorialDataService.update(this.state.currentTutorial.id, {
      published: status,
    })
      .then(() => {
        this.setState((prevState) => ({
          currentTutorial: {
            ...prevState.currentTutorial,
            published: status,
          },
          message: "The status was updated successfully!",
        }));
      })
      .catch((e) => {
        console.log(e);
      });
  }

  updateTutorial() {
    const data = {
      title: this.state.currentTutorial.title,
      description: this.state.currentTutorial.description,
    };

    TutorialDataService.update(this.state.currentTutorial.id, data)
      .then(() => {
        this.setState({
          message: "The tutorial was updated successfully!",
        });
      })
      .catch((e) => {
        console.log(e);
      });
  }

  deleteTutorial() {
    TutorialDataService.delete(this.state.currentTutorial.id)
      .then(() => {
        this.props.refreshList();
      })
      .catch((e) => {
        console.log(e);
      });
  }

  render() { ... }
}

And this is the code for render() method:

export default class Tutorial extends Component {
  // ...

  render() {
    const { currentTutorial } = this.state;

    return (
      <div>
        <h4>Tutorial</h4>
        {currentTutorial ? (
          <div className="edit-form">
            <form>
              <div className="form-group">
                <label htmlFor="title">Title</label>
                <input
                  type="text"
                  className="form-control"
                  id="title"
                  value={currentTutorial.title}
                  onChange={this.onChangeTitle}
                />
              </div>
              <div className="form-group">
                <label htmlFor="description">Description</label>
                <input
                  type="text"
                  className="form-control"
                  id="description"
                  value={currentTutorial.description}
                  onChange={this.onChangeDescription}
                />
              </div>

              <div className="form-group">
                <label>
                  <strong>Status:</strong>
                </label>
                {currentTutorial.published ? "Published" : "Pending"}
              </div>
            </form>

            {currentTutorial.published ? (
              <button
                className="badge badge-primary mr-2"
                onClick={() => this.updatePublished(false)}
              >
                UnPublish
              </button>
            ) : (
              <button
                className="badge badge-primary mr-2"
                onClick={() => this.updatePublished(true)}
              >
                Publish
              </button>
            )}

            <button
              className="badge badge-danger mr-2"
              onClick={this.deleteTutorial}
            >
              Delete
            </button>

            <button
              type="submit"
              className="badge badge-success"
              onClick={this.updateTutorial}
            >
              Update
            </button>
            <p>{this.state.message}</p>
          </div>
        ) : (
          <div>
            <br />
            <p>Please click on a Tutorial...</p>
          </div>
        )}
      </div>
    );
  }
}

Add CSS style for React Components

Open src/App.css and write some CSS code as following:

.container h2 {
  text-align: center;
  margin: 25px auto;
}

.list {
  text-align: left;
  max-width: 750px;
  margin: auto;
}

.submit-form {
  max-width: 300px;
  margin: auto;
}

.edit-form {
  max-width: 300px;
  margin: auto;
}

Run & Check

You can run this App with command: npm start.

Compiled successfully!

You can now view react-firestore-crud in the browser.

  Local:            http://localhost:3000      
  On Your Network:  http://192.168.1.7:3000

Open browser with url: http://localhost:3000/ and check the result.

Conclusion

Today we’ve built React Firestore CRUD Application successfully working with Cloud Firestore using firebase library. Now we can display, modify, delete documents and collection at ease.

You can also find how to create React HTTP Client for working with Restful API in:
React.js CRUD example to consume Web API

Or Firebase Realtime Database for serverless:
React Firebase CRUD with Realtime Database

Happy learning, see you again!

Further Reading

Fullstack:

Source Code

You can find the complete source code for this tutorial on Github.

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