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For JavaScript SSR (Server-Side Rendered) applications we recommend using ConfigCat JS-SSR SDK

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Getting started

1. Install ConfigCat SDK

via NPM

npm i configcat-node

2. Import package

const configcat = require("configcat-node");

3. Create the ConfigCat client with your SDK Key

let configCatClient = configcat.createClient("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#");

4. Get your setting value

The Promise (async/await) way:

configCatClient.getValueAsync("isMyAwesomeFeatureEnabled", false)
.then((value) => {
if(value) {
do_the_new_thing();
} else {
do_the_old_thing();
}
});

or the Callback way:

configCatClient.getValue("isMyAwesomeFeatureEnabled", false, (value) => {
if(value) {
do_the_new_thing();
} else {
do_the_old_thing();
}
});

5. Dispose ConfigCat client

You can safely dispose() the client instance and release all associated resources on application exit.

configCatClient.dispose();

Creating the ConfigCat Client

ConfigCat Client is responsible for:

  • managing the communication between your application and ConfigCat servers.
  • caching your setting values and feature flags.
  • serving values quickly in a failsafe way.

createClient(sdkKey, options) returns a client with default options.

ParametersDescriptionDefault
sdkKeyREQUIRED. SDK Key to access your feature flags and configurations. Get it from ConfigCat Dashboard.-
optionsOptional. More about the options parameter.-

createClientWithAutoPoll(), createClientWithLazyLoad(), createClientWithManualPoll()
Creating the client is different for each polling mode. See below for details.

caution

We strongly recommend you to use the ConfigCat Client as a Singleton object in your application. If you want to use multiple SDK Keys in the same application, create only one ConfigCat Client per SDK Key.

Anatomy of getValue()

ParametersDescription
keyREQUIRED. Setting-specific key. Set on ConfigCat Dashboard for each setting.
defaultValueREQUIRED. This value will be returned in case of an error.
callbackREQUIRED. Called with the actual setting value.
userOptional, User Object. Essential when using Targeting. Read more about Targeting.
configCatClient.getValue(
"keyOfMySetting", // Setting Key
false, // Default value
(value) => { console.log(value) }, // Callback function
{ identifier : "435170f4-8a8b-4b67-a723-505ac7cdea92" } // Optional User Object
);

Anatomy of getValueAsync()

Returns a Promise with the value.

ParametersDescription
keyREQUIRED. Setting-specific key. Set on ConfigCat Dashboard for each setting.
defaultValueREQUIRED. This value will be returned in case of an error.
userOptional, User Object. Essential when using Targeting. Read more about Targeting.
const value = await configCatClient.getValueAsync(
"keyOfMySetting", // Setting Key
false, // Default value
{ identifier : "435170f4-8a8b-4b67-a723-505ac7cdea92" } // Optional User Object
);

or

configCatClient.getValueAsync(
"keyOfMySetting", // Setting Key
false, // Default value
{ identifier : "435170f4-8a8b-4b67-a723-505ac7cdea92" }) // Optional User Object
.then((value) => { console.log(value) });

User Object

The User Object is essential if you'd like to use ConfigCat's Targeting feature.

let userObject = {
identifier : "435170f4-8a8b-4b67-a723-505ac7cdea92"
};
let userObject = {
identifier : "[email protected]"
};
ParametersDescription
identifierREQUIRED. Unique identifier of a user in your application. Can be any string value, even an email address.
emailOptional parameter for easier targeting rule definitions.
countryOptional parameter for easier targeting rule definitions.
customOptional dictionary for custom attributes of a user for advanced targeting rule definitions. e.g. User role, Subscription type.

For advanced targeting:

let userObject = {
identifier : "435170f4-8a8b-4b67-a723-505ac7cdea92",
email : "[email protected]",
country : "United Kingdom",
custom : {
"SubscriptionType": "Pro",
"UserRole": "Admin"
}
};

Polling Modes

The ConfigCat SDK supports 3 different polling mechanisms to acquire the setting values from ConfigCat. After latest setting values are downloaded, they are stored in the internal cache then all getValue() calls are served from there. With the following polling modes, you can customize the SDK to best fit to your application's lifecycle.
More about polling modes.

Auto polling (default)

The ConfigCat SDK downloads the latest values and stores them automatically every 60 seconds.

createClientWithAutoPoll(sdkKey, options)

Option ParameterDescriptionDefault
pollIntervalSecondsPolling interval. Range: [1, Number.MAX_SAFE_INTEGER]60
configChangedCallback to get notified about changes.-
loggerCustom logger. See below for details.Console logger
requestTimeoutMsThe amount of milliseconds the SDK waits for a response from the ConfigCat servers before returning values from the cache.30000
dataGovernanceDescribes the location of your feature flag and setting data within the ConfigCat CDN. This parameter needs to be in sync with your Data Governance preferences. More about Data Governance. Available options: DataGovernance.Global, DataGovernance.EuOnly.DataGovernance.Global
maxInitWaitTimeSecondsMaximum waiting time between the client initialization and the first config acquisition in seconds.5
cacheCache implementation for config cacheInMemoryCache
flagOverridesLocal feature flag & setting overrides. More about feature flag overrides.-

Use the pollIntervalSeconds option parameter to change the polling interval.

let configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithAutoPoll("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#", { pollIntervalSeconds: 95 });

Adding a callback to configChanged option parameter will get you notified about changes.

let configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithAutoPoll("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#", { configChanged: () => {
console.log("Your config has been changed!");
}});

Lazy loading

When calling getValue() the ConfigCat SDK downloads the latest setting values if they are not present or expired in the cache. In this case the callback will be called after the cache is updated.

createClientWithLazyLoad(sdkKey, options)

Option ParameterDescriptionDefault
cacheTimeToLiveSecondsCache TTL. Range: 1 - Number.MAX_SAFE_INTEGER60
loggerCustom logger. See below for details.Console logger
requestTimeoutMsThe amount of milliseconds the SDK waits for a response from the ConfigCat servers before returning values from the cache.30000
dataGovernanceDescribes the location of your feature flag and setting data within the ConfigCat CDN. This parameter needs to be in sync with your Data Governance preferences. More about Data Governance. Available options: DataGovernance.Global, DataGovernance.EuOnly.DataGovernance.Global
cacheCache implementation for config cacheInMemoryCache
flagOverridesLocal feature flag & setting overrides. More about feature flag overrides.-

Use cacheTimeToLiveSeconds option parameter to set cache lifetime.

let configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithLazyLoad("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#", { cacheTimeToLiveSeconds: 600 });

Manual polling

Manual polling gives you full control over when the config.json (with the setting values) is downloaded. ConfigCat SDK will not update them automatically. Calling forceRefresh() or forceRefreshAsync() is your application's responsibility.

createClientWithManualPoll(sdkKey, options)

Option ParameterDescriptionDefault
loggerCustom logger. See below for details.Console logger
requestTimeoutMsThe amount of milliseconds the SDK waits for a response from the ConfigCat servers before returning values from the cache.30000
dataGovernanceDescribes the location of your feature flag and setting data within the ConfigCat CDN. This parameter needs to be in sync with your Data Governance preferences. More about Data Governance. Available options: DataGovernance.Global, DataGovernance.EuOnly.DataGovernance.Global
cacheCache implementation for config cacheInMemoryCache
flagOverridesLocal feature flag & setting overrides. More about feature flag overrides.-
let configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithManualPoll("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#");

configCatClient.forceRefresh(() =>{
configCatClient.getValue("key", "my default value", (value)=>{
console.log(value);
});
});

getValue() returns defaultValue if the cache is empty. Call forceRefresh() or forceRefreshAsync() to update the cache.

let configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithManualPoll("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#");
configCatClient.getValue("key", "my default value", (value)=>{
console.log(value) // console: "my default value"
});

configCatClient.forceRefresh(() =>{
configCatClient.getValue("key", "my default value", (value)=>{
console.log(value); // console: "value from server"
});
});

Flag Overrides

With flag overrides you can overwrite the feature flags & settings downloaded from the ConfigCat CDN with local values. Moreover, you can specify how the overrides should apply over the downloaded values. The following 3 behaviours are supported:

  • Local/Offline mode (OverrideBehaviour.LocalOnly): When evaluating values, the SDK will not use feature flags & settings from the ConfigCat CDN, but it will use all feature flags & settings that are loaded from local-override sources.

  • Local over remote (OverrideBehaviour.LocalOverRemote): When evaluating values, the SDK will use all feature flags & settings that are downloaded from the ConfigCat CDN, plus all feature flags & settings that are loaded from local-override sources. If a feature flag or a setting is defined both in the downloaded and the local-override source then the local-override version will take precedence.

  • Remote over local (OverrideBehaviour.RemoteOverLocal): When evaluating values, the SDK will use all feature flags & settings that are downloaded from the ConfigCat CDN, plus all feature flags & settings that are loaded from local-override sources. If a feature flag or a setting is defined both in the downloaded and the local-override source then the downloaded version will take precedence.

You can set up the SDK to load your feature flag & setting overrides from a { [name: string]: any } map.

let configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithAutoPoll('#YOUR-SDK-KEY#', { 
flagOverrides: configcat.createFlagOverridesFromMap({
enabledFeature: true,
disabledFeature: false,
intSetting: 5,
doubleSetting: 3.14,
stringSetting: "test"
},
configcat.OverrideBehaviour.LocalOnly
)
});

Logging

Setting log levels

const logger = configcat.createConsoleLogger(3); // Setting log level to 3 (= Info)

const configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithAutoPoll('#YOUR-SDK-KEY#',
{ logger: logger }
);

Available log levels:

LevelNameDescription
-1OffNothing gets logged.
1ErrorOnly error level events are logged.
2WarnErrors and Warnings are logged.
3InfoErrors, Warnings and feature flag evaluation is logged.
4DebugAll of the above plus debug info is logged.

You can use LogLevel enum type from configcat-common package:

var configcat-common = require("configcat-common");

const logger = configcat.createConsoleLogger(configcat-common.LogLevel.Info);

Info level logging helps to inspect the feature flag evaluation process:

ConfigCat - INFO - Evaluate 'isPOCFeatureEnabled'
User : {"identifier":"#SOME-USER-ID#","email":"[email protected]"}
Evaluating rule: '[email protected]' CONTAINS '@something.com' => no match
Evaluating rule: '[email protected]' CONTAINS '@example.com' => MATCH
Returning value : true

getAllKeys(), getAllKeysAsync()

You can query the keys from your configuration in the SDK with the getAllKeys() or getAllKeysAsync() method.

const configCatClient = configcat.createClient("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#");
configCatClient.getAllKeys((keys)=>{
console.log(keys);
});
const configCatClient = configcat.createClient("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#");
const keys = await configCatClient.getAllKeysAsync();
console.log(keys);

getAllValues(), getAllValuesAsync()

Evaluates and returns the values of all feature flags and settings. Passing a User Object is optional.

const configCatClient = configcat.createClient("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#");

configCatClient.getAllValues(function(settingValues) {
settingValues.forEach(i => console.log(i.settingKey + ' -> ' + i.settingValue));
});

// invoke with user object
const userObject = { identifier : "[email protected]" };
configCatClient.getAllValues(function(settingValues) {
settingValues.forEach(i => console.log(i.settingKey + ' -> ' + i.settingValue));
}, userObject);

Evaluates and returns the values of all feature flags and settings. Passing a User Object is optional.

const configCatClient = configcat.createClient("#YOUR-SDK-KEY#");

const settingValues = await configCatClient.getAllValuesAsync();
settingValues.forEach(i => console.log(i.settingKey + ' -> ' + i.settingValue));

// invoke with user object
const userObject = { identifier : "[email protected]" };
const settingValuesTargeting = await configCatClient.getAllValuesAsync(userObject);
settingValuesTargeting.forEach(i => console.log(i.settingKey + ' -> ' + i.settingValue));

Using ConfigCat behind a proxy

Provide your own proxy server settings (proxy server/port) by adding a proxy option parameter when creating the ConfigCat client.

const options = { pollIntervalSeconds: 2, proxy: 'http://192.168.1.1:8080' }

const configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithAutoPoll('PKDVCLf-Hq-h-kCzMp-L7Q/HhOWfwVtZ0mb30i9wi17GQ', options );

Using custom cache implementation

Config's data stored in a cache, it is efficiency increases in retrieval of data and performance of the client. If you would like to use your cache solution (for example your system uses external or distributed cache) you can implement those function and set to cache parameters in the setting.

function myCustomCache() { }

myCustomCache.prototype.get = function(key) {
// `key` [string] - a unique cachekey

// insert here your cache read logic

}

myCustomCache.prototype.set = function(key, item) {
// `key` [string] - a unique cachekey
// `item` [object] - configcat's cache config item

// insert here your cache write logic
}

// set the `myCustomCache` when create a client instance

const configCatClient = configcat.createClientWithAutoPoll('PKDVCLf-Hq-h-kCzMp-L7Q/HhOWfwVtZ0mb30i9wi17GQ',
{
cache: new myCustomCache()
});

In some cases (eg: fs) you have to use promisify to create promisies from callback style funtions.

See implementation of redis cache.

Sample Application

Look under the hood