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Last week I setup a project to use Crashlytics for Android as our crash reporting tool.

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This week, at the Firebase Dev Summit, support was announced for Crashlytics issue reporting from within your existing Firebase console.

Since I prefer to use as few different service consoles as possible, I wanted to migrate over to the new Firebase Crashlytics reporting.  It was a pretty straightforward process with a couple small gotchas, so I thought I would share what I found.



Starting Point

I started with an app that was configured to use Crashlytics and report to the Fabric console as described here.

To help demonstrate the migration process, I set up a sample project on GitHubThis commit installs the Fabric/Crashlytics kit, and will send crash reports to the Fabric console when a button is clicked.

At this point, the sample app works the same way as the app I had set up last week.



Enable Firebase

If you already have a Firebase enabled app, you can skip down to the next section.

Before you can start receiving crash reports within the Firebase console, you must have a Firebase enabled app.  A more detailed overview of this process can be found here but I’ve included the basic steps below:

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Start by clicking “Add another app”
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Choose “Android”
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Enter the package name of your app, and an alias if desired
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Download the “google-services.json” file and add it to your app’s directory
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Add the Firebase plugin to your app



Migrate to Firebase Console

Once you have a Firebase app created, you can migrate over to using Firebase for your crash reporting.

Using the Getting Started docs as a guide, I was able to migrate crash reports by doing the following:

  1. In build.gradle: update the Fabric plugin to version 1.24.4
  2. Add   maven { url "" } to build.gradle
  3. To app/build.gradle add the Firebase sdk: implementation ""


The first small gotcha was that I then also had to update the google-services plugin to version 3.1.2Commit Here

At this point, I was able to deploy the app, but my crash reports were still not showing up in the firebase console.

The 2nd gotcha was that I seemingly needed to remove the api key meta-data from the app’s Manifest.xmlCommit Here

Once I removed that and redeployed, the crash reports started coming through in the Firebase console.  Hooray!

The full migration changes can be found in this commit.


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The Crashlytics view within the Firebase console


I’m now happily using Crashlytics and collecting/analyzing crash reports from within our Firebase console.

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I’m probably a little too excited about having #crashlytics as a part of #Firebase nowBut it felt good to open up that new console today 😀


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