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Flutter Firebase Auth: MISSING_CUSTOM_TOKEN

This short article is about an error that often happens when using Firebase with Flutter.

The Problem

When working with Firebase Authentication and Flutter, you may face the MISSING_CUSTOM_TOKEN error. Advertisements

The response body:

  "error": {
    "code": 400,
    "message": "MISSING_CUSTOM_TOKEN",
    "errors": [
        "message": "MISSING_CUSTOM_TOKEN",
        "domain": "global",
        "reason": "invalid"

The common reasons cause that error are:

  • Wrong API endpoint
  • Invalid API Key

At the time of writing, the API endpoint looks like this:


AdvertisementsACTION: signInWithCustomToken, signUp, signInWithPassword…

Note: The API endpoint structure may change over time. To get the right one, check this official guide from the Firebase website.


1. Make sure you get the right API key by going to Project settings > General > Web API Key.

2. Review your API endpoint.

Sample Firebase Auth Code In Flutter


Install the http plugin then implement a signUp function as follows:

import 'dart:convert';
import 'package:http/http.dart' as http;

Future<void> signUp(String email, String password) async {
  final url = Uri.parse(

  final response = await http.post(url, body: json.encode({
    'email': email,
    'password': password,
    'returnSecureToken': true


// Now call the signUp function somewhere

That’s it. Further reading:

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