firebase.auth is not a function

I am using Webpack with firebase and firebase-admin.

To install firebase I ran:

npm install --save firebase

I am importing firebase using:

import * as firebase from 'firebase/app'
import 'firebase/auth'

I also tried:

import * as firebase from 'firebase'

And I tried:

const firebase = require('firebase')

As suggested in web get started guide.

However, when I try to use firebase.auth() I get an error:

console.js:32 TypeError: firebase.auth is not a function

When I use the debugger to inspect firebase I see that it in fact does not have an auth function:

> firebase
 {__esModule: true, initializeApp: ƒ, app: ƒ, Promise: ƒ, …}

How can I get auth() included as a function using webpack?


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Method 1

I fixed this by deleting my node_modules directory and reinstalling everything.

Also I’m importing firebase like so:

import firebase from 'firebase'

Method 2

The problem wasn’t with the node_modules, it was with the way that you were importing the component.

When you export a component ES6 way, you normally do export default () => { console.log('default component export'); };

default is the keyword here, when you import a component ES6 way like import firebase from 'firebase' it’s grabbing the default property from the exported object.

Keeping in mind the above example, here’s what you’ve done wrong.

Using ES6:

import * as firebase from 'firebase'

console.log(firebase.auth) // Undefined
console.log(firebase.default.auth) // Function

Using ES5:

var firebase = require('firebase')

console.log(firebase.auth) // Undefined
console.log(firebase.default.auth) // Function

Note the .default

Method 3

I kept getting an error that said

“TypeError: firebase.auth is not a function”

I got the auth object to appear and the thing I did differently was install the modules in a different order.

The first time I installed the modules (this is when the auth object wasn’t appearing):

// this seems to confuse things with the auth object when installed in this order
$ npm install firebase-admin --save
$ npm install firebase --save

I deleted the npm folder and started from scratch although this time I reversed the installation order:

// for some reason this worked and now I can access the auth object
$ npm install firebase --save
$ npm install firebase-admin --save

I didn’t do anything else. I simply reversed the installation order by installing firebase first and firebase-admin second.

I hope this works for other people.

You can read more about it here

Method 4

just add >

import firebase from '@firebase/app';

into your project

Method 5

this is the import statement from official docs:

// Firebase App (the core Firebase SDK) is always required and must be listed first
import firebase from "firebase/app";
// Add the Firebase products that you want to use
import "firebase/auth";

These also seem to work if you only want auth:
Edit: The code below worked with Firebase 7 package but not any more with version 8. It will change again for Firebase 9. Just stick to the docs and you will be fine.

import { auth } from "firebase/app";
import "firebase/auth";


import { auth } from "firebase";

Method 6

Though there are many root causes behind this issue, a simple one like this also could be the case.

I forgot to include the js files for auth and db although I use them inside the JS code.

Before the fix;

<!-- Firebase App (the core Firebase SDK) is always required and must be listed first -->
<script src=""></script>

After the fix;

<!-- Firebase App (the core Firebase SDK) is always required and must be listed first -->
<script src=""></script>

<!-- Add Firebase products that you want to use -->
<script src=""></script>

<script src=""></script>

Method 7

This is because firebase-auth script is not added.

First you have to install npm files in your node modules by

npm install firebase --save
npm install firebase-admin --save

Then you have to add the script of firebase.auth after firebase-app script and make sure the version is same.

Before fix:

<script src=""></script>


<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>


Method 8

You just need to use the import as following

import firebase from "firebase/app";
import "firebase/firestore";
import "firebase/auth";

in the above case, both auth and DB services are being used.
For any other service, you need to import like that only.

Method 9

The main reason for this error could be due to the latest Firebase version v9.1.1, in this version the Firebase imports have been changed.

Before: version 8

import firebase from 'firebase/app';
import 'firebase/auth';
import 'firebase/firestore';
// v9 compat packages are API compatible with v8 code
import firebase from 'firebase/compat/app';
import 'firebase/compat/auth';
import 'firebase/compat/firestore';

Check docs here:

Method 10

When running in Node and needing both firebase and firebase-admin this works for me:

First install firebase and then firebase-admin in that order.

Then use as so:

const app = require('@firebase/app');

const firebase = app.firebase


const auth = firebase.auth()
const db = firebase.firestore()

Method 11

In Firebase V9’s JS SDK, thanks to Typescript, what I did is below:

import { getAuth, signInWithEmailAndPassword } from "firebase/auth";

async login = (email: string, password: string) => {
  await signInWithEmailAndPassword(getAuth(), email, password)

Method 12

I ran into this as well. My issue was the npm module @firebase was installed as well as the firebase module. When I required firebase in my JavaScript code with ‘require(“firebase”)’, webpack bundled @firebase instead for some reason.

@firebase doesn’t include auth, database etc. by default…it’s modular so you can require them separately. Consequently I received the above error when I tried calling auth().

To fix it you can remove @firebase…or just add the full path to the correct firebase when you require it like


Method 13

Had the same issue, I think it’s because of versions troubles.
I solve it by deleting node_modules and all webpack generated stuff and take versions from here.
Btw, I think it’s very strange behavior, because it should work like in official documentation.

Method 14

I ran into the same problem. However I didn’t have to do any deletion of any files, just correct the import statements. In my case I use Firebase version 7.7.0 in an Gatsby/React app and this is what the import looks like:

import React from 'react';
import firebase from 'firebase/app';
import 'firebase/auth';

const config = {
  apiKey: process.env.GATSBY_FIREBASE_API_KEY,
  authDomain: process.env.GATSBY_FIREBASE_AUTH_DOMAIN,
  databaseURL: process.env.GATSBY_FIREBASE_DATABASE_URL,
  projectId: process.env.GATSBY_FIREBASE_PROJECT_ID,
  storageBucket: process.env.GATSBY_FIREBASE_STORAGE_BUCKET,
  messagingSenderId: process.env.GATSBY_FIREBASE_MESSAGING_SENDER_ID,

class Firebase {
  constructor() {
    this.auth = firebase.auth();
    this.uiConfig = {
      signinOptions: [
export default Firebase;

const FirebaseContext = React.createContext(null);
export { FirebaseContext };

Update after request from @Mel. The context may be used using either a HOC:

export const withFirebase = Component => props => (
    {firebase => <Component {...props} firebase={firebase} />}

or using a hook:

import { FirebaseContext } from './firebase';
const MyComponent = () => {
  const firebase = useContext(FirebaseContext);
  // do something with firebase

Method 15

Firebase 8 introduced some breaking changes.

Now you can make it work like this if you use .default:

const firebase = require('firebase/app').default

if (!firebase.apps.length) {

const auth = firebase.auth()

Method 16

This may solve the issue, try this >>>

import firebase from 'firebase/app';
import 'firebase/firestore';
import 'firebase/auth';

const firebaseConfig = {  };

  const firebaseApp = firebase.initializeApp(firebaseConfig);
  const auth = firebase.auth();
  const provider = new firebase.auth.GoogleAuthProvider();

  export { auth, provider };

most probably you forgot to put ‘new’ in this line —>

const provider = new firebase.auth.GoogleAuthProvider();

check again.

Method 17

With firebase v9 you can not use auth like that anymore. Instead of that you need to import auth from “firebase/auth” like:

import { getAuth, createUserWithEmailAndPassword } from "firebase/auth";

and if you need to export auth object

const auth = getAuth();
export { auth };

if you need to use createUserWithEmailAndPassword function

createUserWithEmailAndPassword(auth, email, password)

You can check the official documentation for more

Method 18

What-up. I ran into this while working through William Candillon’s Adding Firebase To React Native tutorial…

Thoughts: There is a lot to love about Firebase. But the import/export, named vs default and versioning seems to bring a lot of people a lot of unnecessary heart-ache. <– I say that with tears streaming down my face and a hole in my heart where a love of mobile development & unhappy childhood used to exist mere hours ago.

Put simply: I had firebase.auth is not a function.
Went hunting though node_modules, deleted, re-yarn’d, read blogs, tried importing as named then default, requiring separate modules a-la require('firebase/auth'); under the default import of firebase itself etc etc etc (it really shouldn’t be this hard). Also, why do Google not have react documentation? It’s 2018. Are people seriously still putting HTML script tags in their front end?

Current Solution => in the end I pulled all my config and firebase.initializeApp(config) into my top level app.js. I’ll have to find time later to figure out why the “@firebase” module of auth can’t be imported. Or why thats even there? Do i need it? Why isn’t it all wrapped into the ‘yarn add firebase’ module?

Anyway – that’d be my advice. Get it working at top level first. Then hive-off the credentials into a separate file later. That and “Dont drink lager. It bloats-you-out and IPA is infinitely nicer.”🍺🍺🍺

Method 19

I had the same problem and solved it this way:

<script src = ""> </script>
<script src = ""> </script>
// Firebase settings of your web application
var firebaseConfig = {
apiKey: "your apikey",
authDomain: "",
databaseURL: "",
projectId: "name-projectid",
storageBucket: "",
messagingSenderId: "730018138942",
Application ID: "1: 730018138942: web: eb12fac2f91fb17f"
// Initialize Firebase
firebase.initializeApp (firebaseConfig);
const auth = firebase.auth ();

The difference you notice is that they need:

<script src = ""> </script>

and initialize the function

const auth = firebase.auth ();`enter code here`

Method 20

I tried everything in this post, but nothing worked for me.

I discovered the issue with my imports and exports. This worked for me:

const auth = firebase.auth();
const database = firebase.firestore();

export { auth, database } 
import { auth, database} from '@/firebase.js';

This was my mistake:

export default { auth, database }
import auth from '@/firebase.js';

My first mistake: I did a export default with two values and this doesnt work. The second mistake, if you export with curly braces, you need to import with curly braces. Otherwise you will get a “Cannot read property ‘createUserWithEmailAndPassword’ of undefined”

Method 21

I used this import Statement & it solved the issue

import * as firebase from "firebase/app"
var auth=require("firebase/auth")

You will get to access all the methods of auth

Method 22

My Solution: Completely Remove Node, NPM, NVM & Re-Install

This problem has happened to me a few times in the past (whenever I tried up update or install my node_modules). I literally tried everything above. It always seemed to randomly start working and I was unable to use any previously documented solution the next time the error occurred.

I think I may have had some carry-over issues since I started using Firebase in the early days when there were some weird hacks I did in macOS to get firebase to work correctly.

This solution basically completely removes any trace of node / npm / nvm from your Mac, and re-installs it to use the exact version of node that firebase runs. This uses nvm so if you have other projects that require different node versions, you can switch between node versions on the fly.

1. Delete Existing Node Modules

In your project’s folder, delete any node_modules folders you have.

2. Remove Node

This is the tutorial I used to manually remove node. In the early days, I remember having to change something to install node into a different directory (due to permission issues), so I also did additional searches on my computer to remove these files and folders from other areas.

3. Remove NPM

This is the tutorial I used to make sure I removed traces of npm

4. Remove NVM

This is the tutorial I used to manually remove NVM

5. Restart

After removing everything and restarting bash (or restarting your Mac as I did for safety) – typing node, npm, and nvm into the console should simply return command not found.

6. Re-Install Node, NPM Using NVM Only

NVM allows you to install a specific version of node. Since I am using the firebase-functions node 8 runtime (beta), I installed their listed target version of node 8. (as of now, node 8.11.1). This is still in beta, firebase functions uses node 6.11.5 as of the time of this writing.

Instructions for installing node, npm using nvm

7. Update NPM Manually

NVM installed an older version of npm. This command updates NPM to its latest version.

npm install [email protected] -g

8. Install Your Modules

Restart your terminal app just in case, then return to your project folder and run the npm install command.

9. Re-Build & Re-Deploy

If you are using webpack, re-build your project. Then deploy or serve locally.

This process solved the problem for me. Hopefully it works for you and you don’t have to do any hack stuff. It seems all I needed to do was some cleaning up.

Method 23

I didn’t need to delete my node_modules folder.
Just confirm if you’ve both ‘@firebase’ and ‘firebase’ subfolders inside node_mudules.
If you do, change the path to ‘firebase’ on your require statement to

and make the next line;

Method 24

This was a weird error, and I notice it only when installing with npm. For some reason, I don’t encounter the issue when using yarn. I didn’t have to change imports, like many answers here have suggested, nor any part of my code.

Method 25

First import Firebase like this:

import * as firebase from 'firebase';

After that use firebase:

const uiConfig = {
  signInOptions: [

firebase has default property use that.

Method 26

none of the above “solutions” worked …. spent a lot of time until i decided to install an older version which solved the problem to me

yarn add <a href="" class="__cf_email__" data-cfemail="9ef8f7ecfbfcffedfbde">[email protected]</a>^8.2.3
import firebase from 'firebase/app'
import 'firebase/firestore'
import 'firebase/auth'

Method 27

For those who are using version 9

Refer this doc section

import { getAuth, GoogleAuthProvider } from "firebase/auth";

you should be using getAuthin order to get “auth” reference.


try this answer if you don’t want to make code changes

Method 28

//If you have firebase version 9 you can solve it just importing firebase in this way:

import firebase from 'firebase/compat/app';
import 'firebase/compat/auth';
import 'firebase/compat/firestore';

//This works in my case. For more detail follow the documentation link above:

Method 29

I also encountered this issue with firebase version 9.
And this steps fixed my problem.

  1. delete node_modules
  2. npm uninstall firebase
  3. npm install firebase
  4. npm install
  5. import firebase like this,

    import firebase from ‘firebase/compat/app’;

    import ‘firebase/compat/auth’;

    import ‘firebase/compat/firestore’;

Method 30

This Worked For me Check Ones

import firebase from 'firebase/compat/app';
import 'firebase/compat/auth';
import 'firebase/compat/firestore';

let Firebase;

Firebase = firebase.initializeApp(firebaseConfig);

const auth=firebase.auth()

 export default auth;

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