How To Run Firebase Queries In An Isolate In Flutter

Issue

Am trying to upload files to Firebase storage in an isolate but it doesn’t seem to be working. I keep getting the following exceptions:

E/flutter ( 1527): [ERROR:flutter/lib/ui/ui_dart_state.cc(166)] Unhandled Exception: [core/no-app] No Firebase App '[DEFAULT]' has been created - call Firebase.initializeApp()
E/flutter ( 1527): #0      MethodChannelFirebase.app (package:firebase_core_platform_interface/src/method_channel/method_channel_firebase.dart:118:5)
E/flutter ( 1527): #1      Firebase.app (package:firebase_core/src/firebase.dart:52:41)
E/flutter ( 1527): #2      FirebaseFirestore.instance (package:cloud_firestore/src/firestore.dart:43:21)
E/flutter ( 1527): #3      new ForumsProvider (package:trumate/src/providers/forums.provider.dart:31:41)
E/flutter ( 1527): #4      CommonProvider.videoPost (package:trumate/src/providers/common.provider.dart:100:29)
E/flutter ( 1527): <asynchronous suspension>
E/flutter ( 1527): #5      CommonProvider.backgroundVideoUpload (package:trumate/src/providers/common.provider.dart:112:5)
E/flutter ( 1527): #6      FlutterIsolate._isolateInitialize.<anonymous closure>.<anonymous closure> (package:flutter_isolate/flutter_isolate.dart:128

Am using flutter_isolate: ^1.0.0+14 plugin for that. But it seems running Firebase queries inside the isolate is the issue.

My main has await Firebase.initializeApp(); so I don’t know I am getting such error.

Solution

The isolates in Flutter are completely, well, isolated. Think of it a little bit like processes (in the sense that two isolates share (almost) no memory), instead of the traditional threads in Java or C in the sense of memory sharing.

Therefore, if you init your Firebase in your main isolate (as what you did in main), Firebase will not be inited in your other isolates. Thus, try to init it again in your other isolates.

Answered By – ch271828n

Answer Checked By – Mildred Charles (FlutterFixes Admin)

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