Firestore update

https://firebase.google.com/docs/firestore/manage-data/add-data#update-data

set vs update

The way I understood the difference:

  • set without merge will overwrite a document or create it if it doesn't exist yet

  • set with merge will update fields in the document or create it if it doesn't exists

  • update will update fields but will fail if the document doesn't exist

  • create will create the document but fail if the document already exists

There's also a difference in the kind of data you provide to set and update.

For set you always have to provide document-shaped data:

set(
{a: {b: {c: true}}},
{merge: true}
)

With update you can also use field paths for updating nested values:

update({
'a.b.c': true
})

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