Deploying Android Apps Using GitHub Actions

May 4 2023 · Kotlin 1.7.21, Android 13, Android Studio Electric Eel

Part 1: Automate Releases with GitHub Actions

06. Authenticate Firebase Project

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Once the unit and instrumentation tests pass, you want to send the build to your QA team. A structured way of doing this is to use Firebase App Distribution. It lets you keep track of the uploaded builds and notify teams when new builds become available. You can even create groups and distribute a build only to specific groups.

Setup Firebase Project

First, you need to create a new project on Firebase. Open your web browser and go to the following URL:

Add Testers

From the left navigation bar, select App Distribution in the Release & Monitor section.

Fetch App ID and Service Account

To give GitHub Actions access to your Firebase account, you’ll need two things: