Firebase storage

You can configure ImageKit.io to fetch images from your Firebase storage. This allows you to start using ImageKit.io real-time image resizing, optimization, and fast CDN delivery for thousands or millions of existing images within minutes. Also, you get to leverage Firebase's authentication and authorization in your application.

Note: We do not start copying images from your storage as soon as you add the origin. Instead, we will fetch the particular image when you request it through ImageKit.io URL-endpoint. Learn more to understand how this works. The images accessed from this origin will not appear in your Media library.

Step 1: Configure origin

  1. Go to the external storage section in your ImageKit.io dashboard, and under the Origins section, click on the "Add origin" button.

  2. Choose Web server from the origin type dropdown.

  3. Give your origin a name. It will appear in the list of origins you have added. For example - My Firebase Storage.

  4. Enter https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com in the base URL field.

  5. Leave the advanced options as it is for now.

  6. Click on the Submit button.

Step 2: Access the image through ImageKit.io URL-endpoint

When you add your first origin in the dashboard, the origin is by default made accessible through the default URL-endpoint of your ImageKit.io account. For subsequent origins, you can either create a separate URL-endpoint or edit existing URL-endpoint (including default) and make this newly added origin accessible by editing the origin preference list.

Let's look at a few examples to fetch the images:

So when you request https://ik.imagekit.io/your_imagekit_id/rest-of-the-path.jpg?alt=media&token={TOKEN}, ImageKit.io internally fetches the file from https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/rest-of-the-path.jpg?alt=media&token={TOKEN}

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https://ik.imagekit.io/your_imagekit_id/tr:w-300,h-300/rest-of-the-path.jpg

If you get a "Not found" error while accessing the image, check out this troubleshooting guide.

Step 3: Integrate and Go live

To start using the ImageKit.io URL-endpoint in your application you will need to replace the base URL of images in your application code. Here are the steps and code samples:

  1. Get the Firebase URL for the asset by calling .getDownloadURL() method on the storage reference.

  2. In the above download URL replace https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com with your ImageKit.io URL-endpoint.

storageRef.child('images/stars.jpg').getDownloadURL().then(function(url) {
  // `url` is the download URL for 'images/stars.jpg'
  
  // Replace the firebase URL with ImageKit.io URL-endpoint
  url = url.replace("https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com","https://ik.imagekit.io/your_imagekit_id");

  // This can be downloaded directly:
  var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
  xhr.responseType = 'blob';
  xhr.onload = function(event) {
    var blob = xhr.response;
  };
  xhr.open('GET', url);
  xhr.send();

  // Or inserted into an <img> element:
  var img = document.getElementById('myimg');
  img.src = url;
}).catch(function(error) {
  // Handle any errors
});

Next steps

Now start using ImageKit.io URL endpoint in your application to accelerate image loading.

Get started with our quick start guides and SDKs:

Learn about real-time image resizing:

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