digital_pro digital_pro - 1 month ago 9
Android Question

Comparing EditText string with firebase database's child value

My app has a registration page wherein only those users who enter the right passcode are allowed to register. This passcode is stored inside firebase database inside a child called "Councilpasscodes". After entering the passcode the user should press the submit button, after comparing the two passcodes the user should be allowed to register if the passcodes are same.
This is the code for comparing the edit text string and the child value:

submit.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
public void onClick(View view) {

final String passcode1=editText.getText().toString().trim();
mpasscode.addListenerForSingleValueEvent(new ValueEventListener() {
public void onDataChange(DataSnapshot dataSnapshot) {
String passc= (String) dataSnapshot.child("passcode").getValue();
if (passcode1.equals(passc)){
//do something

}else if(!passcode1.equals(passc)){
//do something

public void onCancelled(DatabaseError databaseError) {


Database screenshot

The problem is after pressing the submit button it is not really checking the two strings i.e.
if (passcode1.equals(passc))
is not being called even after entering the right passcode. I am not sure what is wrong with the code as I am new to app development.Any help is appreciated.Thank you.

I think it is not executing
at all. I Amey not sure why is this happening.

Answer Source

Alright mate. The reason why your ValueEventListener's onDataChange isn't getting called is that you're not authorized to edit or read your database. This happens because the default security settings for a firebase real-time database disallows any read or write without an authenticated user. To prove this observe your warning logs inside Android Monitor. (The blue ones.) It will show a caught exception mentioning permission denied from Firebase as soon as you click submit.

Read about Firebase security from here.

For a quick solution what you can do is, you can allow read or writes without any sort of authentication. To do that edit your Realtime database rules and add this instead of what's written there.

  "rules": {
    ".read": true,
    ".write": true

I'm also gonna attach a screenshot for reference. You'll find this screen inside the firebase console. Inside the console click on your project and then on Database to the left as shown.

enter image description here.

This is a security lapse none the less, so to set up proper Authentication from your app, follow these steps.

Also, add a toString() to dataSnapshot.child("passcode").getValue() like this to convert it to String as it's probably long.

String passc = dataSnapshot.child("passcode").getValue().toString();

Also, just to be sure. Add this line if you haven't already FirebaseApp.initializeApp(this); above your mpasscode=FirebaseDatabase.getInstance().getReference().child("Councilpasscodes");

Hope it helps!