unleash-proxy-client
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Unleash Proxy Client for the browser (JS)

The JavaScript proxy client is a tiny Unleash client written in JavaScript without any external dependencies (except from browser APIs). This client stores toggles relevant for the current user in localStorage and synchronizes with Unleash (the Unleash front-end API or the Unleash proxy) in the background. Because toggles are stored in the user's browser, the client can use them to bootstrap itself the next time the user visits the same web page.

This client expect fetch to be available. If you need to support older browsers you should probably use the fetch polyfill.

Frameworks supported

This package is not tied to any framework, but can be used together most popular frameworks, examples:

How to use the client

Step 1: Installation

npm install unleash-proxy-client

Step 2: Initialize the SDK


💡 TIP: As a client-side SDK, this SDK requires you to connect to either an Unleash proxy or to the Unleash front-end API. Refer to the connection options section for more information.


Configure the client according to your needs. The following example provides only the required options. Refer to the section on available options for the full list.

import { UnleashClient } from 'unleash-proxy-client';

const unleash = new UnleashClient({
    url: 'https://<your-unleash-instance>/api/frontend',
    clientKey: '<your-client-side-token>',
    appName: 'my-webapp',
});

// Start the background polling
unleash.start();

Connection options

To connect this SDK to your Unleash instance's front-end API, use the URL to your Unleash instance's front-end API (<unleash-url>/api/frontend) as the url parameter. For the clientKey parameter, use a FRONTEND token generated from your Unleash instance. Refer to the how to create API tokens guide for the necessary steps.

To connect this SDK to the Unleash proxy, use the proxy's URL and a proxy client key. The configuration section of the Unleash proxy docs contains more info on how to configure client keys for your proxy.

Step 3: Let the client synchronize

You should wait for the client's ready or initialized events before you start working with it. Before it's ready, the client might not report the correct state for your features.

unleash.on('ready', () => {
    if (unleash.isEnabled('proxy.demo')) {
        console.log('proxy.demo is enabled');
    } else {
        console.log('proxy.demo is disabled');
    }
});

The difference between the events is described in the section on available events.

Step 4: Check feature toggle states

Once the client is ready, you can start checking features in your application. Use the isEnabled method to check the state of any feature you want:

unleash.isEnabled('proxy.demo');

You can use the getVariant method to get the variant of an enabled feature that has variants. If the feature is disabled or if it has no variants, then you will get back the disabled variant

const variant = unleash.getVariant('proxy.demo');
if (variant.name === 'blue') {
    // something with variant blue...
}

Updating the Unleash context

The Unleash context is used to evaluate features against attributes of a the current user. To update and configure the Unleash context in this SDK, use the updateContext, setContextField and removeContextField methods.

The context you set in your app will be passed along to the Unleash proxy or the front-end API as query parameters for feature evaluation.

The updateContext method will replace the entire (mutable part) of the Unleash context with the data that you pass in.

The setContextField method only acts on the property that you choose. It does not affect any other properties of the Unleash context.

unleash.updateContext({ userId: '1233' });

unleash.setContextField('userId', '4141');

The removeContextField method only acts on the property that you choose. It does not affect any other properties of the Unleash context.

unleash.updateContext({ userId: '1233', sessionId: 'sessionNotAffected' });

unleash.removeContextField('userId');

Available options

The Unleash SDK takes the following options:

option required default description
url yes n/a The Unleash Proxy URL to connect to. E.g.: https://examples.com/proxy
clientKey yes n/a The Unleash Proxy Secret to be used
appName yes n/a The name of the application using this SDK. Will be used as part of the metrics sent to Unleash Proxy. Will also be part of the Unleash Context.
refreshInterval no 30 How often, in seconds, the SDK should check for updated toggle configuration. If set to 0 will disable checking for updates
disableRefresh no false If set to true, the client will not check for updated toggle configuration
metricsInterval no 60 How often, in seconds, the SDK should send usage metrics back to Unleash Proxy
disableMetrics no false Set this option to true if you want to disable usage metrics
storageProvider no LocalStorageProvider in browser, InMemoryStorageProvider otherwise Allows you to inject a custom storeProvider
fetch no window.fetch or global fetch Allows you to override the fetch implementation to use. Useful in Node.js environments where you can inject node-fetch
bootstrap no [] Allows you to bootstrap the cached feature toggle configuration.
bootstrapOverride no true Should the bootstrap automatically override cached data in the local-storage. Will only be used if bootstrap is not an empty array.
headerName no Authorization Which header the SDK should use to authorize with Unleash / Unleash Proxy. The header will be given the clientKey as its value.
customHeaders no {} Additional headers to use when making HTTP requests to the Unleash proxy. In case of name collisions with the default headers, the customHeaders value will be used if it is not null or undefined. customHeaders values that are null or undefined will be ignored.
impressionDataAll no false Allows you to trigger "impression" events for all getToggle and getVariant invocations. This is particularly useful for "disabled" feature toggles that are not visible to frontend SDKs.
environment no default Sets the environment option of the Unleash context. This does not affect the SDK's Unleash environment.

Listen for updates via the EventEmitter

The client is also an event emitter. This means that your code can subscribe to updates from the client. This is a neat way to update a single page app when toggle state updates.

unleash.on('update', () => {
    const myToggle = unleash.isEnabled('proxy.demo');
    //do something useful
});

Available events:

  • error - emitted when an error occurs on init, or when fetch function fails, or when fetch receives a non-ok response object. The error object is sent as payload.
  • initialized - emitted after the SDK has read local cached data in the storageProvider.
  • ready - emitted after the SDK has successfully started and performed the initial fetch towards the Unleash Proxy.
  • update - emitted every time the Unleash Proxy return a new feature toggle configuration. The SDK will emit this event as part of the initial fetch from the SDK.
  • recovered - emitted when the SDK has recovered from an error. This event will only be emitted if the SDK has previously emitted an error.
  • sent - emitted when the SDK has successfully sent metrics to Unleash.

PS! Please remember that you should always register your event listeners before your call unleash.start(). If you register them after you have started the SDK you risk loosing important events.

SessionId - Important note!

You may provide a custom session id via the "context". If you do not provide a sessionId this SDK will create a random session id, which will also be stored in the provided storage (local storage). By always having a consistent sessionId available ensures that even "anonymous" users will get a consistent experience when feature toggles is evaluated, in combination with a gradual (percentage based) rollout.

Stop the SDK

You can stop the Unleash client by calling the stop method. Once the client has been stopped, it will no longer check for updates or send metrics to the server.

A stopped client can be restarted.

unleash.stop()

Custom store

This SDK can work with React Native storage @react-native-async-storage/async-storage or react-native-shared-preferences and many more to backup feature toggles locally. This is useful for bootstrapping the SDK the next time the user comes back to your application.

You can provide your own storage implementation.

Examples:

import SharedPreferences from 'react-native-shared-preferences';
import { UnleashClient } from 'unleash-proxy-client';

const unleash = new UnleashClient({
    url: 'https://eu.unleash-hosted.com/hosted/proxy',
    clientKey: 'your-proxy-key',
    appName: 'my-webapp',
    storageProvider: {
      save: (name: string, data: any) => SharedPreferences.setItem(name, data),
      get: (name: string) => SharedPreferences.getItem(name, (val) => val)
    },
});
import AsyncStorage from '@react-native-async-storage/async-storage';
import { UnleashClient } from 'unleash-proxy-client';

const PREFIX = 'unleash:repository';

const unleash = new UnleashClient({
    url: 'https://eu.unleash-hosted.com/hosted/proxy',
    clientKey: 'your-proxy-key',
    appName: 'my-webapp',
    storageProvider: {
       save: (name: string, data: any) => {
        const repo = JSON.stringify(data);
        const key = `${PREFIX}:${name}`;
        return AsyncStorage.setItem(key, repo);
      },
      get: (name: string) => {
        const key = `${PREFIX}:${name}`;
        const data = await AsyncStorage.getItem(key);
        return data ? JSON.parse(data) : undefined;
      }
    },
});

How to use in node.js

This SDK can also be used in node.js applications (from v1.4.0). Please note that you will need to provide a valid "fetch" implementation. Only ECMAScript modules is exported from this package.

import fetch from 'node-fetch';
import { UnleashClient, InMemoryStorageProvider } from 'unleash-proxy-client';

const unleash = new UnleashClient({
  url: 'https://app.unleash-hosted.com/demo/proxy',
  clientKey: 'proxy-123',
  appName: 'nodejs-proxy',
  storageProvider: new InMemoryStorageProvider(),
  fetch,
});

await unleash.start();
const isEnabled = unleash.isEnabled('proxy.demo');
console.log(isEnabled);

index.mjs

How to use the client via CDN.

<html>
<head>
    <script src="https://unpkg.com/unleash-proxy-client@latest/build/main.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var config = {url: 'https://app.unleash-hosted.com/demo/proxy', clientKey: 'proxy-123', appName: 'web'};
        var client = new unleash.UnleashClient(config);
        client.updateContext({userId: '1233'})

        client.on('update', () => {
            console.log(client.isEnabled('proxy.demo'));
        });
        client.start();
    </script>
</head>
</html>

Bootstrap

Now it is possible to bootstrap the SDK with your own feature toggle configuration when you don't want to make an API call.

This is also useful if you require the toggles to be in a certain state immediately after initializing the SDK.

How to use it ?

Add a bootstrap attribute when create a new UnleashClient.
There's also a bootstrapOverride attribute which is by default is true.

import { UnleashClient } from 'unleash-proxy-client';

const unleash = new UnleashClient({
  url: 'https://app.unleash-hosted.com/demo/proxy',
  clientKey: 'proxy-123',
  appName: 'nodejs-proxy',
  bootstrap: [{
	"enabled": true,
	"name": "demoApp.step4",
	"variant": {
		"enabled": true,
		"name": "blue",
		"feature_enabled": true,
	}
  }],
  bootstrapOverride: false
});

NOTES: ⚠️ If bootstrapOverride is true (by default), any local cached data will be overridden with the bootstrap specified.
If bootstrapOverride is false any local cached data will not be overridden unless the local cache is empty.

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