Firebase CRUD Operations in Angular

Firebase CRUD Operations in Angular

Now let’s explore how to get started with the realtime database in Angular applications using the AngularFire2 library. Firebase makes it very easy to get up and running very quickly with populating and performing operations on the database.

Database and basic creation

First you’ll want to import AngularFireDatabase and FirebaseListObservable as well as inject the former in your constructor: app.component.ts

import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';
import { Observable } from 'rxjs/Observable';

import { AngularFireDatabase, FirebaseListObservable } from 'angularfire2/database';

export class AppComponent implements OnInit {
    public papers: Observable<any[]>;

    constructor(private af: AngularFireDatabase) {}

    ngOnInit() {
        // ...

    addPaper(value: string): void {
        // ...

    deletePaper(paper: any): void {
        // ...

    updatePaper(paper: any, newPaper: string): void {
        // ...

You’ll also want to make sure that AngularFireDatabase is provided in app.module.ts.

// ...

import { AngularFireModule } from 'angularfire2';
import { AngularFireDatabase } from 'angularfire2/database';
import { firebaseConfig } from '../firebaseConfig';

    declarations: [AppComponent],
    imports: [
        // ...
    providers: [AngularFireDatabase],
    bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

Reading papers from database

Simply declare a class property of type FirebaseListObservable and get the /papers node from your Firebase database with AngularFireDatabase.list in the OnInit lifecycle hook:

papers: Observable<any[]>;

ngOnInit() {
    this.papers ='/papers').valueChanges();

You can unwrap the observable to display the todo items in your template using the async pipe like this:

    <li *ngFor="let paper of (papers | async)">

Creating paper

Adding a new paper item is really easy, just call push on your Observable instance:

addPaper(value: string): void {
    this.afDatabase.list('/papers').push({ content: value });

Updating paper

Here's how you would toggle the completed state of a paper.

updatePaper(paper: any, newValue: any): void {'/papers/' + paper.$key).update({ content: newValue });

Deleting paper

Deleting an item is just as easy as updating it:

deletePaper(paper: any): void {'/papers/' + paper.$key).remove();

That is all

Note that set, update and remove return a promise to you can chain then/catch calls to let you act on a successful operation or an error.

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