Working with Feature Flags in ASP.NET Core
This post is about Feature Flags in ASP.NET Core. Feature Flags (often also referred to as Feature Flags) are a powerful technique, allowing developers to modify system behaviour without changing code. Long back I wrote a blog post on implementing feature toggle with ASP.NET Core. Now Microsoft supports feature management out of the box using
So firstly we need to add reference of the nuget package
Microsoft.FeatureManagement.AspNetCore to the project. Once added, you can modify the
ConfigureServices() method to add the feature management services.
Next modify the
_ViewImports.cshtml file and include the reference of FeatureManagement reference.
@addTagHelper *, Microsoft.FeatureManagement.AspNetCore
Now we will configure the application to support feature flags, you can add the following information in the
We have configured ASP.NET Core application to support Beta feature, but now it is turned off. Now you’re able to access the service in Controller and Views. In controllers, you can access the services using the standard dependency injection, like the following.
FeatureGate attribute control the access to action methods, if the feature is turned off and if user is tries to access, ASP.NET Core runtime will return a Page Not Found (404) status.
Since you added
FeatureManagement taghelper to the view, you can control the visibility of elements using the
Feature tag helper like the following.
If you run the application with the App settings FeatureManagement > Beta value as false, it will not display Beta menu item. And if you tries to access
/beta/index page, it will return a 404 page. Now stop the application and update the configuration with value is true and run the application again, now the menu will display a Beta menu and clicking on the Beta menu item will display the
Microsoft recommend to use the Azure App Configuration with Feature manager in ASP.NET Core applications. Similar to configuration values use Feature manager option in Azure App Configuration.
Here are some helpful resources which will help you to manage Feature flags on ASP.NET Core.
- Tutorial: Use feature flags in an ASP.NET Core app
- Quick start: Add feature flags to an ASP.NET Core app
Happy Programming :)