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🔌 A simple wrapper for AngularFire2 to read and write to Firebase while offline, even after a complete refresh.

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AngularFire2 Offline npm version

🔌 A simple wrapper for AngularFire2 to read and write to Firebase while offline, even after a complete refresh.

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Version Support

The latest version of angularfire2-offline only supports Angular 4. If you would like to upgrade to a more recent version, please try out Cloud Firestore which comes with offline support. For more info see issue #89.

Legacy Versions


npm install angularfire2-offline angularfire2 firebase --save

Setup @NgModule

import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { AngularFireModule } from 'angularfire2';
import { AngularFireOfflineModule } from 'angularfire2-offline';
import { AngularFireDatabaseModule } from 'angularfire2/database';

import { AppComponent } from './app.component';

export const firebaseConfig = { apiKey: '', authDomain: '', databaseURL: '', storageBucket: '' };

@NgModule({ declarations: [AppComponent], imports: [ AngularFireDatabaseModule, AngularFireModule.initializeApp(firebaseConfig), AngularFireOfflineModule, BrowserModule ], bootstrap: [AppComponent] }) export class AppModule { }


  • Methods mirror AngularFire2 database methods for

Read Data Offline

import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import {
  AngularFireOfflineDatabase } from 'angularfire2-offline/database';

@Component({ selector: 'project-name-app', template: <h1>{{ (info | async)?.name }}</h1> </pre><ul> <li item of items async> {{ item?.name }} </li> </ul> }) export class MyApp { info: AfoObjectObservable; items: AfoListObservable; constructor(afoDatabase: AngularFireOfflineDatabase) { = afoDatabase.object('/info'); this.items = afoDatabase.list('/items'); } }

Write data offline

If writes are made offline followed by a page refresh, the writes will be sent when a connection becomes available.

AngularFire2 Offline specific features

In addition to wrapping most database features from AngularFire2, a minimal amount of offline specific features are provided:

Offline promises

  • Regular promises - Making a write to Firebase will return a promise as expected. The promise will complete after the data has been saved to Firebase.
  • Offline promises - If you application only needs to know when the write has been saved offline (which will sync on reconnect) you can access the offline promise within the regular promise by calling

Offline promise example

const promise = this.afoDatabase.object('car').update({maxSpeed: 100});
promise.offline.then(() => console.log('offline data saved to device storage!'));
promise.then(() => console.log('data saved to Firebase!'));

Also see working with promises

- delete offline data


method is useful for deleting sensitive data when a user signs out of an application. This also helps prevent permission errors when using Firebase auth.

with caution

If writes are made while offline

will delete them before they can reach Firebase.


onUserSignout() {

on specific references

You can

a specific Firebase reference by passing the reference string to the
onUserSignout() {

How it works

  • While online, Firebase data is stored locally (as data changes the local store is updated)
  • While offline, local data is served if available, and writes are stored locally
  • On reconnect, app updates with new Firebase data, and writes are sent to Firebase
  • Even while online, local data is used first when available which results in a faster load

Contributing to AngularFire2 Offline

Pull requests are welcome! If you have a suggested enhancement, please open an issue. Thanks!

Here is how you can setup a development environment:

Clone repo

  1. git clone
  2. cd angularfire2-offline

Setup example

  1. cd examples/angular-cli
  2. yarn
  3. npm start

Setup development environment

  1. Open a new shell/terminal
  2. cd angularfire2-offline
  3. yarn
  4. npm run start-dev


angularfire2-offline is licensed under the MIT Open Source license. For more information, see the LICENSE file in this repository.

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