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Getting started

Welcome to LaunchDarkly! We're excited to partner with you as you use feature flags to make high-impact changes with minimal risk and maximum control.

Getting started with LaunchDarkly

To get started with LaunchDarkly, you must first create or join a team. To learn more about LaunchDarkly teams, read Joining a team.

Using the dashboard

After you have joined a team, you will have have access to the LaunchDarkly dashboard. To learn how to create a feature flag, read Your first feature flag.

Here are some additional resources for learning how to use the dashboard:

  • LaunchDarkly in less than 5 minutes: A high-level video overview of LaunchDarkly.
  • Quickstart guide: The in-app LaunchDarkly quickstart.
  • Your first feature flag: Creating a feature flag tutorial.
  • Creating your first flag: An in-depth guide to creating a feature flag.
  • Video about targeting users based on user metadata: video overview
  • Flag rules and targeting: A guide explaining how to target users with flag variations.
  • LaunchDarkly onboarding: A series of videos covering a variety of getting started topics.

Setting up your SDK

In addition to Dashboard access, you must set up a LaunchDarkly SDK to integrate LaunchDarkly with your code. To learn more, read Setting up an SDK. For information about how to choose an SDK, read Client-side and server-side SDKs.

Next steps

After you join a team, set up your SDK, and begin using feature flags, you may want to ask some questions to learn about your team’s implementation:

  • Do we use both temporary and permanent flags in our code base?
  • What naming conventions and styles are used for our different resources such as flags, segments, projects, and environments?
  • How do we manage flag cleanup?
  • Is there a standardized rollout strategy for new features?
  • What LaunchDarkly role am I assigned and what does that mean?

To learn more about making these determinations, read Best practices.