The Firestore client represents a Firestore Database and is the entry point for all Firestore operations.


new Firestore(settingsopt)

Name Type Attributes Description
settings Object <optional>

Configuration object.

Name Type Attributes Description
projectId string <optional>

The project ID from the Google Developer's Console, e.g. 'grape-spaceship-123'. We will also check the environment variable GCLOUD_PROJECT for your project ID. Can be omitted in environments that support Application Default Credentials

keyFilename string <optional>

Local file containing the Service Account credentials as downloaded from the Google Developers Console. Can be omitted in environments that support Application Default Credentials. To configure Firestore with custom credentials, use settings.credentials and provide the client_email and private_key of your service account.

credentials Object <optional>

The client_email and private_key properties of the service account to use with your Firestore project. Can be omitted in environments that support Application Default Credentials. If your credentials are stored in a JSON file, you can specify a keyFilename instead.

host string <optional>

The host to connect to.

ssl boolean <optional>

Whether to use SSL when connecting.

maxIdleChannels number <optional>

The maximum number of idle GRPC channels to keep. A smaller number of idle channels reduces memory usage but increases request latency for clients with fluctuating request rates. If set to 0, shuts down all GRPC channels when the client becomes idle. Defaults to 1.

ignoreUndefinedProperties boolean <optional>

Whether to skip nested properties that are set to undefined during object serialization. If set to true, these properties are skipped and not written to Firestore. If set false or omitted, the SDK throws an exception when it encounters properties of type undefined.

<caption>Install the client library with <a
href="">npm</a>:</caption> npm install --save

Import the client library

var Firestore = require('@google-cloud/firestore');
<caption>Create a client that uses <a
Default Credentials (ADC)</a>:</caption> var firestore = new Firestore();
<caption>Create a client with <a
credentials</a>:</caption> var firestore = new Firestore({ projectId:
'your-project-id', keyFilename: '/path/to/keyfile.json'

Full quickstart example:

const {Firestore} = require('@google-cloud/firestore');

// Create a new client
const firestore = new Firestore();

async function quickstart() {
  // Obtain a document reference.
  const document = firestore.doc('posts/intro-to-firestore');

  // Enter new data into the document.
  await document.set({
    title: 'Welcome to Firestore',
    body: 'Hello World',
  console.log('Entered new data into the document');

  // Update an existing document.
  await document.update({
    body: 'My first Firestore app',
  console.log('Updated an existing document');

  // Read the document.
  const doc = await document.get();
  console.log('Read the document');

  // Delete the document.
  await document.delete();
  console.log('Deleted the document');


batch() → {WriteBatch}

Creates a WriteBatch, used for performing multiple writes as a single atomic operation.

let writeBatch = firestore.batch();

// Add two documents in an atomic batch.
let data = { foo: 'bar' };
writeBatch.set(firestore.doc('col/doc1'), data);
writeBatch.set(firestore.doc('col/doc2'), data);

writeBatch.commit().then(res => {
  console.log('Successfully executed batch.');

bulkWriter(optionsopt) → {WriteBatch}

Creates a BulkWriter, used for performing multiple writes in parallel. Gradually ramps up writes as specified by the 500/50/5 rule.

Name Type Attributes Description
options object <optional>

BulkWriter options.

Name Type Attributes Description
disableThrottling boolean <optional>

Whether to disable throttling as specified by the 500/50/5 rule.

let bulkWriter = firestore.bulkWriter();

bulkWriter.create(firestore.doc('col/doc1'), {foo: 'bar'})
  .then(res => {
    console.log(`Added document at ${res.writeTime}`);
bulkWriter.update(firestore.doc('col/doc2'), {foo: 'bar'})
  .then(res => {
    console.log(`Updated document at ${res.writeTime}`);
  .then(res => {
    console.log(`Deleted document at ${res.writeTime}`);
await bulkWriter.close().then(() => {
  console.log('Executed all writes');

collection(collectionPath) → {CollectionReference}

Gets a CollectionReference instance that refers to the collection at the specified path.

Name Type Description
collectionPath string

A slash-separated path to a collection.

let collectionRef = firestore.collection('collection');

// Add a document with an auto-generated ID.
collectionRef.add({foo: 'bar'}).then((documentRef) => {
  console.log(`Added document at ${documentRef.path})`);

collectionGroup(collectionId) → {Query}

Creates and returns a new Query that includes all documents in the database that are contained in a collection or subcollection with the given collectionId.

Name Type Description
collectionId string

Identifies the collections to query over. Every collection or subcollection with this ID as the last segment of its path will be included. Cannot contain a slash.

let docA = firestore.doc('mygroup/docA').set({foo: 'bar'});
let docB = firestore.doc('abc/def/mygroup/docB').set({foo: 'bar'});

Promise.all([docA, docB]).then(() => {
   let query = firestore.collectionGroup('mygroup');
   query = query.where('foo', '==', 'bar');
   return query.get().then(snapshot => {
      console.log(`Found ${snapshot.size} documents.`);

doc(documentPath) → {DocumentReference}

Gets a DocumentReference instance that refers to the document at the specified path.

Name Type Description
documentPath string

A slash-separated path to a document.

let documentRef = firestore.doc('collection/document');
console.log(`Path of document is ${documentRef.path}`);

getAll(…documentRefsOrReadOptions) → {Promise.<Array.<DocumentSnapshot>>}

Retrieves multiple documents from Firestore.

The first argument is required and must be of type DocumentReference followed by any additional DocumentReference documents. If used, the optional ReadOptions must be the last argument.

Name Type Attributes Description
documentRefsOrReadOptions DocumentReference | ReadOptions <repeatable>

The DocumentReferences to receive, followed by an optional field mask.

let docRef1 = firestore.doc('col/doc1');
let docRef2 = firestore.doc('col/doc2');

firestore.getAll(docRef1, docRef2, { fieldMask: ['user'] }).then(docs => {
  console.log(`First document: ${JSON.stringify(docs[0])}`);
  console.log(`Second document: ${JSON.stringify(docs[1])}`);

listCollections() → {Promise.<Array.<CollectionReference>>}

Fetches the root collections that are associated with this Firestore database.

firestore.listCollections().then(collections => {
  for (let collection of collections) {
    console.log(`Found collection with id: ${}`);

runTransaction(updateFunction, transactionOptionsopt) → {Promise}

Executes the given updateFunction and commits the changes applied within the transaction.

You can use the transaction object passed to 'updateFunction' to read and modify Firestore documents under lock. Transactions are committed once 'updateFunction' resolves and attempted up to five times on failure.

Name Type Attributes Description
updateFunction function

The function to execute within the transaction context.

transactionOptions object <optional>

Transaction options.

Name Type Attributes Description
maxAttempts number <optional>

The maximum number of attempts for this transaction.

let counterTransaction = firestore.runTransaction(transaction => {
  let documentRef = firestore.doc('col/doc');
  return transaction.get(documentRef).then(doc => {
    if (doc.exists) {
      let count =  doc.get('count') || 0;
      if (count > 10) {
        return Promise.reject('Reached maximum count');
      transaction.update(documentRef, { count: ++count });
      return Promise.resolve(count);

    transaction.create(documentRef, { count: 1 });
    return Promise.resolve(1);

counterTransaction.then(res => {
  console.log(`Count updated to ${res}`);


Specifies custom settings to be used to configure the Firestore instance. Can only be invoked once and before any other Firestore method.

If settings are provided via both settings() and the Firestore constructor, both settings objects are merged and any settings provided via settings() take precedence.

Name Type Description
settings object

The settings to use for all Firestore operations.


Terminates the Firestore client and closes all open streams.

Type Definitions


A logging function that takes a single string.

Name Type Description
Log string