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A simple feature flagging library.

100 lines of code, no dependencies. Written in ES6+.

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feet lets you quickly switch features on or off based on a context. This is useful to test features for specific users (such as flagging on new functionality in a web application by reading the response context), dark-launching code, and a/b testing.

// Import it!
import Feet from 'feet';
// Set up your experiment config!
const config = {
  loggedoutSearch: { loggedin: false },
  oldDesign: false,
  newListingStyle: { users: ['ajacksified'] },
const feature = new Feet(config);
// Add rules!
feature.addRule('loggedin', function(val) { return this.loggedin === val; });
feature.addRule('users', function(names) { return names.includes(this.username); });
// Get whatever blob of data you'll use to determine your experiment truthiness
const userData = {
  loggedin: true,
  username: 'ajacksified',
// For ease of use, build a context-bound feet instance. (Alternatively, you
// could call `feature.on(rule, context)` instead.)
const featureContext = feature.withContext(userData);
// Build your UI with a Feet context bound to userdata!
// false (loggedin is true, but the config wants false)
if (featureContext.enabled('loggedoutSearch')) {
  searchControl = <LoggedOutSearch />;
  console.log('show the logged out search');
// false (the config says it's always false)
if (featureContext.enabled('oldDesign')) {
  layout = <OldLayout />;
// true (the username is in the users array)
if (featureContext.enabled('newListingStyle')) {
  listing = <Listing2 />;
// Get the list of enabled featues:
const enabled = featureContext.allEnabled();
// => ['newListingStyle'];
// Or disabled:
const disabled = featureContext.allDisabled();
// => ['loggedoutSearch', 'oldDesign'];

Rules and Configuration

feet configuration and rules are very simple:

  • Define a name for your features; such as 'loggedoutSearch' or 'oldDesign' as above. These will be the basis if your config and your feature flags for later on.
  • Define the rules upon which your feature will be on or off. Above, we implement a boolean check (shoes) and an array check (username).
  • Check the flag - either by sending it in (feature.enabled('feature', { data } )) or by hanging on to a context-bound instance ( featureContext = feature.withContext({ data }); featureContext.enabled('feature'))

Of note: if a rule is defined in configuration but it is not implemented, it is assumed to be false.

You can also parse large objects to handle things such as environment variables. To do so, you should have configuration in the format feature_name. feature_ will be stripped from the key and lowercased:

import Feet from feet;
const config = Feet.parseConfig({
  something: 'wut',
  feature_flippers: { names: ['bob', 'jane'] }
// => { flippers: { names: ['bob', 'jane'] } };

You can supply your own function, too, and customize both key and value. In this example, we'll expect things to start with f_ instead of feature_.

import Feet from feet;
const config = Feet.parseConfig({
  something: 'wut',
  f_flippers: { names: ['bob', 'jane'] }
}, function(key, val) {
  if (key.indexOf('f_') === -1) { return; }
  return { key: key.slice(2), val: val };
// => { flippers: { names: ['bob', 'jane'] } };

You can also retrieve a list of all currently enabled or disabled rules for a given context by calling feature.allEnabled or feature.allDisabled. These can be called with a context passed in, or else will use a bound context.

Sometimes, for testing, it's nice to clone an instance that doesn't use the original rules and configuration by reference. You can call feetinstance.clone() to return a new feet instance with shallow copies of the config, rules, and context.


feet is an ES6 library. Take a look at the .babelrc file to see what presets we're using.

To get started:

  • With node installed,
  • Fork feet
  • Clone your fork to your machine
  • Run npm install to install dev dependencies (there are no regular dependencies; dependencies are for testing and running.)
  • Write features, and run npm test and npm run lint. Feature changes should have tests! For ease of use, install eslint for your favorite editor.
  • Check out CONTRIBUTING.md for more detailed info.

feet is MIT licensed. copyright 2016 reddit. See LICENSE for more info.


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