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I want to integrate my own API for speaking against this. But I'm new to Firebase and all the community support for it is "stumbled" at the lack of authentication, so I'm not able to get anything working here.

Since Python is my programming language of choice, I attempted to do this there first and foremost, but only got this far:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

import firebase_admin
from firebase_admin import firestore

firebase_admin.initialize_app(options={"projectId": "eightway-io"})

db = firestore.client()

That then barfed at the last .client() call:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./", line 8, in <module>
db = firestore.client()
File "/usr/local/lib/python3.8/dist-packages/firebase_admin/", line 53, in client
fs_client = _utils.get_app_service(app, _FIRESTORE_ATTRIBUTE, _FirestoreClient.from_app)
File "/usr/local/lib/python3.8/dist-packages/firebase_admin/", line 101, in get_app_service
return app._get_service(name, initializer) # pylint: disable=protected-access
File "/usr/local/lib/python3.8/dist-packages/firebase_admin/", line 295, in _get_service
self._services[name] = initializer(self)
File "/usr/local/lib/python3.8/dist-packages/firebase_admin/", line 69, in from_app
credentials = app.credential.get_credential()
File "/usr/local/lib/python3.8/dist-packages/firebase_admin/", line 141, in get_credential
File "/usr/local/lib/python3.8/dist-packages/firebase_admin/", line 158, in _load_credential
self._g_credential, self._project_id = google.auth.default(scopes=_scopes)
File "/usr/local/lib/python3.8/dist-packages/google/auth/", line 356, in default
raise exceptions.DefaultCredentialsError(_HELP_MESSAGE)
google.auth.exceptions.DefaultCredentialsError: Could not automatically determine credentials. Please set GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS or explicitly create credentials and re-run the application. For more information, please see

I realize this is not a Python support channel, but it basically seems like it needs to had some credentials for this to work. But from what I've been able to gather, this should only use package and page keys to "authenticate" the API.

Someone also told me to attempt connecting to<packagekey>/<pagekey>/fields.json to see if it's open, but I'm getting a "Permission denied" on that.


You are trying to connect to Firebase's Real-Time Database system. We actually use Firebase's Cloud Firestore system.

You are also trying to use the Admin SDK. Use the Client SDK.


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Just for completeness, in case someone else stumbled over this. This is what I had to do to get this working through Python:

from google.auth.credentials import AnonymousCredentials
from import Client

PACKAGE_KEY = <packagekey>
PAGE_KEY = <pagekey>
PROJECT = "eightway-io"

credentials = AnonymousCredentials()
client = Client(project=PROJECT, credentials=credentials)

docRef = client.collection("scoreboard").document(PACKAGE_KEY).collection(PAGE_KEY).document("fields")
document = docRef.get()
docRef.update({"fieldkey": "value"})
Hopefully this is helpful to future me-like people :)