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FieldValue.arrayUnion() called with invalid data. Nested arrays are not supported

wceolin profile image Will Ceolin Updated on ・1 min read

When trying to update an array in Cloud Firestore you might run into this error: FieldValue.arrayUnion() called with invalid data. Nested arrays are not supported.

However, that error might be a bit misleading. The following code will crash:

firebase.firestore.FieldValue.arrayUnion(['javascript', 'typescript']);
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You don't have a nested array per se but your code will fail because Firestore requires you to pass those items individually. All you have to do is using the spread operator instead:

firebase.firestore.FieldValue.arrayUnion(...['javascript', 'typescript']);
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Pranav Sarda

Really helpful post....was searching for "Adding an array into a Firebase Array Field.", with no luck. Finally, found a proper verified no for direct use of arrayUnion. Thanks a lot man.

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JanaJunkiss

You saved my day! Thank you!

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