How to Call Firebase Functions From React Native

Firebase is a realtime cloud-hosted NoSQL database that allows developers to quickly and easily create applications for mobile, web, and desktop. It also has a powerful set of features for serverless computing, such as Firebase Functions. Firebase Functions are a great way to run server-side code without the need for a dedicated server. In this article, we'll look at how to call Firebase Functions from React Native.

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Before you can call Firebase Functions from React Native, you need to make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • A Firebase project set up and configured
  • A Firebase Function created and deployed
  • The firebase-functions package installed in your React Native project

Installing Firebase Functions & Dependencies into Your Project

Once you have the prerequisites in place, you can start the process of setting up Firebase Functions in your React Native project. First, you need to install the firebase-functions package. This can be done with the following command:

npm install firebase-functions

Once the package is installed, you need to initialize Firebase in your React Native project. To do this, you can use the following code snippet:

import * as firebase from 'firebase';

const firebaseConfig = {
  apiKey: '<YOUR_API_KEY>',
  authDomain: '<YOUR_AUTH_DOMAIN>',
  databaseURL: '<YOUR_DATABASE_URL>',
  projectId: '<YOUR_PROJECT_ID>',
  storageBucket: '<YOUR_STORAGE_BUCKET>',
  messagingSenderId: '<YOUR_MESSAGING_SENDER_ID>',
  appId: '<YOUR_APP_ID>',


Once the Firebase initialization is complete, you can then import the Firebase Functions package and initialize it. This can be done with the following code snippet:

import * as functions from 'firebase-functions';

const firebaseFunctions = functions.initializeApp();

Calling Firebase Functions in React Native

Once you have the Firebase Functions package installed and initialized, you can start calling Firebase Functions from your React Native project. To call a Firebase Function, you need to use the firebaseFunctions.httpsCallable method. This method takes the name of the Function as the first parameter and any data that needs to be sent to the Function as the second parameter.

For example, if you had a Firebase Function called myFunction that took an input parameter, you could call the Function with the following code snippet:

const result = await firebaseFunctions.httpsCallable('myFunction', { input: 'value' });

The result variable will contain the response from the Firebase Function.


In this article, we looked at how to call Firebase Functions from React Native. We discussed the prerequisites for calling Firebase Functions, how to install the Firebase Functions package, and how to call a Firebase Function from React Native. With this knowledge, you can now use Firebase Functions to add powerful serverless features to your React Native apps.