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Feature Flags - Frontend vs Backend

Often we think of a feature flag as something that controls parts of a visual website. Toggle it on - the website changes and a new thing appears, toggle it off and it goes away. We call this a frontend feature flag - and it gets a lot of attention because it’s oftentimes the more visual of the flag. Backend feature flags are just as important. What if you want to control the version of an API that’s being published, or allow specific users to access it? What if you want to change to a new database? In this video, Cody De Arkland ( takes you through the differences between frontend and backend feature flags. Do you want to learn more about the ways you can use LaunchDarkly? Learn more at LaunchDarkly Academy, our new learning and enablement site ( #LaunchDarkly #AppDev #FeatureManagement #FeatureFlags #Frontend #Backend #Toggle Subscribe to LaunchDarkly: Learn more about LaunchDarkly: Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: About LaunchDarkly: Feature management allows development teams to innovate faster by fundamentally transforming how software is delivered to customers. With the ability to gradually release new software features to any segment of users on any platform, DevOps teams can standardize safe releases at scale, accelerate their journey to the cloud and collaborate more effectively with business teams. Today, LaunchDarkly deploys peaks of 20 trillion feature flags each day, and that number continues to grow. Founded in 2014 in Oakland, California by Edith Harbaugh and John Kodumal, LaunchDarkly has been named on the Forbes Cloud 100 list, InfoWorld’s 2021 Technology of the Year list, and the Enterprise Tech 30 list.