Install guide

This page guides you through Ember.js app creation, ember-cli-zuglet installation and configuration.

Before we begin, make sure you have latest ember-cli installed:

$ ember --version
ember-cli: 3.3.0
node: 10.5.0
os: darwin x64

While ember-cli-zuglet is known to work with Ember.js starting from v2.18, it's always a good idea to have a latest ember-cli version installed.

At the time of writing, it's ember-cli 3.3.0.

If you have an outdated ember-cli version, update it by running:

$ npm install ember-cli -g

Create a new Ember.js app

Let's start with a new Ember.js app:

$ ember new foof
$ cd foof

Remove unnecessary dependencies

Open app's folder in the editor, navigate to package.json and remove the following dependencies:

   "devDependencies": {
     "broccoli-asset-rev": "^2.7.0",
-    "ember-ajax": "^3.0.0",
     "ember-cli": "~3.3.0",
     "ember-cli-uglify": "^2.0.0",
-    "ember-data": "~3.3.0",
     "ember-export-application-global": "^2.0.0",
     "ember-source": "~3.3.0",
-    "ember-welcome-page": "^3.0.0",
     "eslint-plugin-ember": "^5.0.0",

Note: You can still use ember-data along with ember-cli-zuglet, If you're planning on doing that, you'll need to make a small change later on. I'll note that in the context.

Install ember-cli-zuglet

Now let's install ember-cli-zuglet addon:

ember install ember-cli-zuglet

This will create the following files in your app:

  • foof-store → Creates and registers basic zuglet store service
  • foof-injections → injects Ember.js Router service into components (nothing to do with ember-cli-zuglet)
  • routes/application → adds store.ready promise to beforeModel hook so that application would wait for store (Firestore local persistence, Auth) to be ready before anything else happens
  • store → basic Store subclass to provide Firebase configuration and for further extensibility

Configure store

At this point if you run the app, it will blow up with the following message:


No Firebase config provided.
Get your Firebase project configuration from
and paste it in the `app/store.js`

Well, that is what we need to do next. Just follow the notes in the message.

If you don't yet have a Firebase project yet, create one and make sure you enable Firestore database with development (allow read & write) security rules so that we could easily save the first document with zuget. Also, while you're at the console, enable Storage too.

Later on, make sure you're securing your database and storage properly.

So, copy the config properties from "Add Firebase to your app" in the Firebase Console and paste it in the app/store.js config → firebase:

import Store from 'ember-cli-zuglet/store';

const options = {
  firebase: {
    apiKey: "…",
    authDomain: "…",
    databaseURL: "…",
    projectId: "…",
    storageBucket: "…"
  firestore: {
    persistenceEnabled: true

export default Store.extend({



That shold do. Now we can play around with the zuglet.

Start the app

$ ember s

And open http://localhost:4200

Save a Document

Generated foof-store.js sets property to the store instance in development environment so that we can play around with the store without having to build routes and components.

Let's create and save a document. Open your browser's console and:

// create a document reference
ref = store.doc('quotes/springtime');

// create a document for that reference
doc ={
  author: 'Kurt Vonnegut',
  body: 'To whom it may concern: It is springtime. It is late afternoon.'

// save document

And check out the document in Firebase Console.

Note: If you're getting "Missing or insufficient permissions" error, update your Firestore security rules to this for now:

This makes your database world readable and writable. Don't keep it like this. There is a lot of guides, tutorials, videos online on how to write Firestore security rules.

service cloud.firestore {
  match /databases/{database}/documents {
    match /{document=**} {
      allow read, write: if true;

Ok, now let's load a document:

// create a document reference
ref = store.doc('quotes/springtime');

// load a document
doc = await ref.load();

// check out all the document details by using document's debugging helper
// →
// {
//   data: {
//     author: "Kurt Vonnegut",
//     body: "To whom it may concern: It is springtime. It is late afternoon."
//   },
//   isLoaded: true,
//   exists: true,
//   ...
// }

See: Overview Guide for an intro onto zuglet API.