Saving User Data

Firebase Authentication doesn't provide a way to directly add more information about a user. Instead, you need to create a new users table with Firestore where you'll add additional information for each user.

For this product, we want to know what pricing tier the user has so we can determine their usage limits. We also want to know the provider so we can show which platform the user authenticated with.

Create / Update User

Let's create a new file utils/db.js to perform CRUD actions on the database.


import firebase from './firebase'
const firestore = firebase.firestore()
export function updateUser(uid, data) {
return firestore.collection('users').doc(uid).update(data)
export function createUser(uid, data) {
return firestore
.set({ uid, }, { merge: true })

Update Auth Hook

Now, let's consume the createUser function inside our useAuth hook.


import React, { useState, useEffect, useContext, createContext } from 'react'
import firebase from './firebase'
import { createUser } from './db'
const authContext = createContext()
export function AuthProvider({ children }) {
const auth = useProvideAuth()
return <authContext.Provider value={auth}>{children}</authContext.Provider>
export const useAuth = () => {
return useContext(authContext)
function useProvideAuth() {
const [user, setUser] = useState(null)
const handleUser = (rawUser) => {
if (rawUser) {
const user = formatUser(rawUser)
createUser(user.uid, user)
return user
} else {
return false
const signinWithGitHub = () => {
return firebase
.signInWithPopup(new firebase.auth.GithubAuthProvider())
.then((response) => handleUser(response.user))
const signout = () => {
return firebase
.then(() => handleUser(false))
useEffect(() => {
const unsubscribe = firebase.auth().onAuthStateChanged(handleUser)
return () => unsubscribe()
}, [])
return {
const formatUser = (user) => {
return {
uid: user.uid,
name: user.displayName,
provider: user.providerData[0].providerId,
photoUrl: user.photoURL,


Delete your user from the Firebase Console. Then, re-sign in with GitHub. You should now see a new row in the users table in Firestore.

Firestore User Table