Deploy Hugo Web to Google Firebase

Google Firebase is a platform that provides tools and services for building and managing mobile and web applications. It offers features like real-time database, authentication, hosting, and cloud functions, making it easier for developers to create and deploy their applications without having to manage the infrastructure.

Firebase can be a convenient choice for hosting a website due to its simplicity and ease of use. It provides reliable and scalable hosting infrastructure, along with features like content delivery network (CDN) integration, automatic SSL certificate provisioning, and easy deployment through a simple command-line interface or integration with popular development frameworks. This allows developers to focus on building their website without worrying about server infrastructure: setup, maintenance, and scaling, making the hosting process streamlined and hassle-free.

Firebase can be categorized as a Backend as a Service (BaaS) platform. BaaS refers to a cloud-based service that provides backend functionalities for building and running applications. Firebase offers various backend services, including a real-time database, authentication, storage, hosting, and cloud functions, making it easier for developers to focus on frontend development while leveraging ready-to-use backend capabilities provided by Firebase.

One potential downside of Firebase is that it is a closed-source platform. This means that the inner workings of the platform are not publicly available for inspection or modification. As a result, developers have limited control over the underlying infrastructure and may face limitations or restrictions in certain customization or integration scenarios. Additionally, reliance on a closed-source platform can raise concerns about vendor lock-in and the ability to migrate to alternative solutions in the future

How to install firebase dependencies in Windows

You will need to have available nodejs in your machine.

Then, go to the terminal and use:

npm install firebase
npm install -g firebase-tools
firebase login

To complete firebase setup, go to the desired folder and initialize it:

firebase init
#select with space, next with enter

It will asks you wheter you want to initialize a firebase project in the current folder You need to choose: “Hosting” - Configure files for firebase hosting, public, is not a single page app, we dont need automatic build and deploys and overwrite public/html.index -> no

Last step, make sure that you have generated all your changes in Hugo to the public folder, for that you have to use:


Then just let firebase do the magic with:

firebase deploy


What if I am getting authentication error?

Try to log in and reuthenticate with:

firebase logout
firebase login --auth

How to notify Google about your site

  • To ping Google’s engine to review your site’s sitemap:
curl ""
  • Don’t forget about Bing Search as well:
curl ""

Adding Google Analytics to a HUGO Site

In the config.yml file of your site, you will need to include the Google Analytics Tracking ID:

googleAnalytics: your-own-UA-or-G-trackingID

How to use Cloudflare CDN in front of Firebase

  • Add your domain as a site in Cloudflare (There is a free tier)
    • You need to verify the ownership
    • Add Cloudflare DNS to your domain registry and remove the existing ones
    • You will receive one email from cloudflare confirming that the process is completed
  • Add the Firebase Registries from to
    • Remember to set the Proxy Status for these records as DNS only on Cloudflare - This will avoid the Err_too_many_redirects!

What are the benefits of using Cloudflare as a CDN in front of Google Firebase

  • Improved Performance: Cloudflare’s global network of data centers can help improve the performance of your Firebase-hosted content by caching it closer to your users, reducing latency and improving load times.

  • Increased Security: Cloudflare provides a layer of security between your Firebase content and the public internet, helping to protect against DDoS attacks, malicious traffic, and other threats.

  • Cost Savings: Cloudflare’s CDN services are often less expensive than other CDN providers, and by caching content closer to users, you can also reduce your Firebase hosting costs.

  • Advanced Features: Cloudflare offers advanced features such as web application firewall (WAF), DDoS protection, and content optimization, which can help improve the security and performance of your Firebase content.