TypeError: Firebase is not a function

I am trying to follow the firebase Node tutorial: https://www.firebase.com/docs/web/quickstart.html

My node.js app is crashing with a "TypeError: Firebase is not a function" error. My index.js file:

var Firebase = require("firebase");
var firebaseRef = new Firebase("https://word-word-number.firebaseio.com/");

Line two is where the crash happens.

In my package.json I have:

"firebase": "^3.0.2",


"node": "5.11.0"



It turns out that the firebase.com tutorial is out-of-date with how the latest firebase package should be used. Below are the new instructions from https://www.npmjs.com/package/firebase

In your code, you can access Firebase using:

var firebase = require('firebase');
  apiKey: '<your-api-key>',
  authDomain: '<your-auth-domain>',
  databaseURL: '<your-database-url>',
  storageBucket: '<your-storage-bucket>'

Alternatively, if you setup a Service Account via Permissions in the new Google Firebase dashboard, use the approach referenced in the new official docs here:



Updated documentation for nodeJs users https://firebase.google.com/support/guides/firebase-web#get_a_database_reference_numbered This will probably fix all those errors.


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