Chris Straw

Feature Flags in Angular: Enhancing Development Agility

Feature flags, also known as feature toggles, are powerful tools that allow developers to turn features of a software product on and off at will, without the need for a code deployment. This post will delve into the concept of feature flags, their benefits, and how they can be utilized effectively within an Angular application.

Understanding Feature Flags

Feature flags are a software development technique that decouples code deployment from feature release. They provide developers the flexibility to enable or disable features in their software, often at runtime. This can be achieved either through configuration files or an external service. The primary benefits of feature flags include:

  1. Incremental Development: Feature flags allow developers to break down new functionality into smaller, manageable chunks that can be deployed and tested independently.
  2. Risk Mitigation: Feature flags provide a safety net, allowing potentially problematic changes to be ‘turned off’ in the event of an issue.
  3. A/B Testing and Experimentation: Feature flags make it easy to test new features on a subset of users, allowing teams to gather data and feedback before a full-scale roll-out.
  4. Gradual Rollouts: Features can be progressively deployed to a percentage of users, reducing the risk and potential impact of bugs.

Integrating Feature Flags into an Angular Application

There are several libraries and services available to assist in implementing feature flags in Angular. Examples include LaunchDarkly, Unleash, and In this article, we’ll create a simple implementation without relying on external services.

Step 1: Creating a Feature Flag Service

First, we need a service to manage our feature flags. This service should have methods to set and retrieve the state of a feature flag. Here’s a simple implementation of such a service:

import { Injectable } from '@angular/core';

  providedIn: 'root',
export class FeatureFlagsService {
  private flags = new Map<string, boolean>();

  setFlag(name: string, state: boolean): void {
    this.flags.set(name, state);

  getFlag(name: string): boolean {
    return this.flags.get(name) ?? false;

This service uses a Map to store the state of each feature flag. It provides setFlag and getFlag methods for setting and retrieving flag states.

Step 2: Utilizing Feature Flags

We can now use this service to control the visibility of features in our application. For instance, consider an AppComponent that should only display a “New Feature” button when the ‘newFeature’ flag is enabled:

import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';
import { FeatureFlagsService } from './feature-flags.service';

  selector: 'app-root',
  template: `<button *ngIf="newFeatureEnabled">New Feature</button>`,
export class AppComponent implements OnInit {
  newFeatureEnabled = false;

  constructor(private featureFlagsService: FeatureFlagsService) {}

  ngOnInit(): void {
    this.newFeatureEnabled = this.featureFlagsService.getFlag('newFeature');

The AppComponent retrieves the state of the ‘newFeature’ flag during initialization and uses it to conditionally display the “New Feature” button.

Step 3: Configuring Feature Flags

Finally, we need a mechanism to configure our feature flags. In a simple application, this could be as straightforward as setting flag states in the main.ts file:

import { platformBrowserDynamic } from '@angular/platform-browser-dynamic';
import { AppModule } from './app/app.module';
import { FeatureFlagsService } from './app/feature-flags.service';

  .then((moduleRef) => {
    const featureFlagsService = moduleRef.injector.get(FeatureFlagsService);
    featureFlagsService.setFlag('newFeature', true);
  .catch((err) => console.error(err));

In this example, the ‘newFeature’ flag is enabled before the AppModule is bootstrapped.


Feature flags offer a powerful way to increase your development agility by separating code deployments from feature releases. They reduce risk and increase control over your application’s functionality. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can begin to leverage the power of feature flags in your Angular applications.

Remember, while the above examples provide a simple, manual mechanism for managing feature flags, larger applications will likely benefit from an external service like LaunchDarkly, which provides advanced capabilities such as user segmentation and analytics.

In either case, the underlying principles remain the same. Mastering feature flags can make your Angular development faster, safer, and more flexible.