Feature flags


What is it?

@workertown/feature-flags provides a simple REST API for implementing a feature flagging system, with support for runtime contexts.

You create feature flags, optionally with a set of conditions to be evaluated at runtime against a given context, and then "ask" the API if they are enabled/disabled.

Getting started


You can install @workertown/feature-flags via npm/yarn/pnpm:

npm install @workertown/feature-flags

Creating a server

In your main file (e.g. worker.ts), import the featureFlags factory function and call it.

import { featureFlags } from "@workertown/feature-flags";

//...or `import featureFlags from "@workertown/feature-flags";`

const server = featureFlags();

//...probably `export default server;`

Like all Workertown services, the created server (based on Hono) instance with a fetch method.

The server function accepts a single argument, an optional options object. This options object allows you to customise the feature flags service to fit your needs (see configuration for a full set of options).

import { featureFlags } from "@workertown/feature-flags";

// These are the default values...
const server = featureFlags({
  auth: {
    apiKey: {
      env: {
        apiKey: "FLAGS_API_KEY", // Environment variable for the API key
    basic: {
      env: {
        username: "FLAGS_USERNAME", // Environment variable for the admin username
        password: "FLAGS_PASSWORD", // Environment variable for the admin password
    jwt: {
      env: {
        jwksUrl: "FLAGS_JWKS_URL", // Environment variable for the JWKS URL
        secret: "FLAGS_JWT_SECRET", // Environment variable for the fixed JWT secret
        issuer: "FLAGS_JWT_ISSUER", // Environment variable for the JWT issuer
        audience: "FLAGS_JWT_AUDIENCE", // Environment variable for the JWT audience
  }, // See the "Authentication" section for all of the available options in `auth`
  basePath: "/", // Base path for the server to serve endpoints from
  endpoints: {
    v1: {
      admin: "/admin", // Base path for the server to serve admin endpoints from
      ask: "/v1/ask", // Base path for the server to process "ask" requests from
      flags: "/v1/flags", // Base path for the server to serve flags endpoints from
    public: "/", // Base path for the server to serve public endpoints from
  env: {
    cache: "FLAGS_CACHE", // Environment variable for the cache KV binding (Cloudflare Workers only)
    database: "FLAGS_DB", // Environment variable for the D1 database binding (Cloudflare Workers only)



@workertown/feature-flags stores flags which describe can describe a feature, logic split, A/B test.. whatever you'd like. A flag is identified by a unique string name, with an optional description and whether it is enabled/disabled by default.

A flag can optionally have one or more conditions attached to describe how it's enabled/disabled status should be evaluated at runtime for a given context.

An example flag looks like this:

  "name": "test_flag",
  "description": "This is a test flag.",
  "enabled": true,
  "conditions": [
      "field": "test",
      "operator": "eq",
      "value": true,

Flag conditions (runtime context)

Flag conditions are used to describe how a flag should be evaluated at runtime for a given context. A flag can have zero or more conditions attached to it.

A condition is made up of three parts:

  • field - The field to evaluate against in the context
  • operator - The operator to use when evaluating the field against the value
  • value - The value to evaluate the field against

The field and value can be any valid JSON value, and the operator can be any of the following:

neqNot equalsstring / number / boolean
gtGreater thanstring / number
gteGreater than or equal tostring / number
ltLess thanstring / number
lteLess than or equal tostring / number
inInArray<string> / Array<number> / Array<boolean>
ninNot inArray<string> / Array<number> / Array<boolean>

Any invalid conditions will be ignored at runtime when evaluating the flag.

An example flag condition looks like this:

  "field": "test",
  "operator": "eq",
  "value": true,

Any flag that is disabled will be ignored when evaluating the conditions and therefore will always be disabled.


The context is a optional JSON object that is passed to the API when performing an "ask" request. The context is used to evaluate the conditions attached to a flag to determine whether it is enabled/disabled for the given context.

An example context might look like this:

  "test": true,

How does it work?

Feature flags at the edge

Running a feature flag system at the edge is actually a relatively straight foward affair:

  • Store some feature flag configurations
  • Optionally cache them for performance
  • Serve them from a simple REST API for evaluation

Using @workertown/feature-flags you can run some fairly complex scenarios for your flags, including using them to run A/B tests and splitting logic depending on some runtime context.

What are the limitations?

At the edge, memory is a limited resource. This means that if you intend to have thousands of feature flags running for all requests, then you should probably use a dedicated platform.

The "EJECT" button

Things don't always work out.. and software doesn't always scale with your business, or stand against the general test of time. That's OK - it's actually a good thing (mostly)!

If you've been running @workertown/feature-flags in production, getting your data out to be moved to another platform should be relatively straight forward. Everything that is persisted data is stored in the storage layer, so getting "at" your data is as simple as using whatever backup/dumping/querying tools that are available for your storage of choice. You then need to replicate how the data describes your flags in your new system/service.

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