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C++ Server SDK

Getting Started

The following will outline how to get up and running with Statsig for C++.

Create an Account

To work with the SDK, you will need a Statsig account. If you don't yet have an account, you can sign up for a free one here. You could skip this for now, but you will need an SDK key and some gates/experiments to use with the SDK in just a minute.


If you are using CMake, add the following to a .cmake file

GIT_TAG v0.1.0


And include the following in your CMakeLists.txt file

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.11)


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Initialize the SDK

After installation, you will need to initialize the SDK using a Server Secret Key from the statsig console.


Do NOT embed your Server Secret Key in client side applications, or expose it in any external facing documents. However, if you accidentally exposed it, you can create a new one in Statsig console.

There is also an optional parameter named options that allows you to pass in a StatsigOptions to customize the SDK.
#include <statsig.h>


// Or, if you want to initialize with certain options
statsig::Options options;
options.localMode = true
statsig::initialize('server-secret-key', options)
initialize will perform a network request. After initialize completes, virtually all SDK operations will be synchronous (See Evaluating Feature Gates in the Statsig SDK). The SDK will fetch updates from Statsig in the background, independently of your API calls.

Working with the SDK

Checking a Gate

Now that your SDK is initialized, let's fetch a Feature Gate. Feature Gates can be used to create logic branches in code that can be rolled out to different users from the Statsig Console. Gates are always CLOSED or OFF (think return false;) by default.

From this point on, all APIs will require you to specify the user (see Statsig user) associated with the request. For example, check a gate for a certain user like this:

statsig::User user;
user.userID = "some_user_id"
if (statsig::checkGate(user, 'use_new_feature'))
// Gate is on, enable new feature
else {
// Gate is off

Reading a Dynamic Config

Feature Gates can be very useful for simple on/off switches, with optional but advanced user targeting. However, if you want to be able send a different set of values (strings, numbers, and etc.) to your clients based on specific user attributes, e.g. country, Dynamic Configs can help you with that. The API is very similar to Feature Gates, but you get an entire json object you can configure on the server and you can fetch typed parameters from it. For example:

statsig::DynamicConfig config = statsig::get_config(user, 'awesome_product_details')

auto item_name = config.value['product_name'];
auto price = config.value['price'];
auto shouldDiscount = config.value['discount'];

Getting an Layer/Experiment

Then we have Layers/Experiments, which you can use to run A/B/n experiments. We offer two APIs, but we recommend the use of layers to enable quicker iterations with parameter reuse.

// Values via getLayer

statsig::Layer layer = statsig::getLayer(user, "user_promo_experiments")
auto title = layer.get("title", "Welcome to Statsig!")
auto discount = layer.get("discount")

// or, via getExperiment

statsig::DynamicConfig title_exp = statsig::getExperiment(user, "new_user_promo_title")
statsig::DynamicConfig price_exp = statsig::getExperiment(user, "new_user_promo_price")

title = title_exp.value["title"]
discount = price_exp.value["discount"]


price = msrp * (1 - discount)

Logging an Event

Now that you have a Feature Gate or an Experiment set up, you may want to track some custom events and see how your new features or different experiment groups affect these events. This is super easy with Statsig - simply call the Log Event API and specify the user and event name to log; you additionally provide some value and/or an object of metadata to be logged together with the event:

statsig::logEvent(user, 'add_to_cart')

Retrieving Feature Gate Metadata

In certain scenarios, it's beneficial to access detailed information about a feature gate, such as its current state for a specific user or additional contextual data. This can be accomplished effortlessly through the Get Feature Gate API. By providing the necessary user details and the name of the feature gate you're interested in, you can fetch this metadata to inform your application's behavior or for analytical purposes.

Statsig User

When calling APIs that require a user, you should pass as much information as possible in order to take advantage of advanced gate and config conditions (like country or OS/browser level checks), and correctly measure impact of your experiments on your metrics/events. The userID field is required because it's needed to provide a consistent experience for a given user (click here to understand further why it's important to always provide a userID).

Besides userID, we also have email, ip, userAgent, country, locale and appVersion as top-level fields on StatsigUser. In addition, you can pass any key-value pairs in an object/dictionary to the custom field and be able to create targeting based on them.

Private Attributes

Have sensitive user PII data that should not be logged? No problem, we have a solution for it! On the StatsigUser object we also have a field called privateAttributes, which is a simple object/dictionary that you can use to set private user attributes. Any attribute set in privateAttributes will only be used for evaluation/targeting, and removed from any logs before they are sent to Statsig server.

For example, if you have feature gates that should only pass for users with emails ending in "", but do not want to log your users' email addresses to Statsig, you can simply add the key-value pair { email: "" } to privateAttributes on the user and that's it!

Statsig Options

You can specify optional parameters with options when initializing.

  • api string, default ""
    • The base url to use for network requests from the SDK
  • rulesetsSyncIntervalMs: int, default 10000
    • The interval to poll for changes to your gate and config definition changes
  • loggingIntervalMs: int, default 60000
    • The default interval to flush logs to Statsig servers
  • loggingMaxBufferSize: int, default 1000, can be set lower but anything over 1000 will be dropped on the server
    • The maximum number of events to batch before flushing logs to the server
  • localMode: bool, default false
    • Pass true to this option to turn on Local Mode for the SDK, which will stop the SDK from issuing any network requests and make it only operate with only local overrides (If supported) and cache.
      Note: Since no network requests will be made, a dummy SDK key starting with "secret-" can be used. (eg "secret-key")

ID Lists are currently not supported in the C++ server SDK

Shutting Statsig Down

Because we batch and periodically flush events, some events may not have been sent when your app/server shuts down.

To make sure all logged events are properly flushed, you should tell Statsig to shutdown when your app/server is closing:


Local Overrides v0.1.0+

If you want to locally override gates/configs/experiments/layers, there are a set of override APIs as follows. Coupling this with StatsigOptions.localMode can be useful when writing unit tests.

// Adding gate overrides
statsig::overrideGate("a_gate_name", true)

// Adding config overrides
std::unordered_map<std::string, JSON::any> overrideValue = {
{"overridden key", "overridden field"},
statsig::overrideConfig("a_config_name", overrideValue)
  1. These only apply locally - they do not update definitions in the Statsig console or elsewhere.
  2. The local override API is not designed to be a full mock. They are only a convenient way to override the value of the gate/config/etc.



struct User
std::string userID;
std::string email;
std::string ipAddress;
std::string userAgent;
std::string country;
std::string locale;
std::string appVersion;
std::unordered_map<std::string, JSON::any> custom;
std::unordered_map<std::string, JSON::any> privateAttribute;
std::unordered_map<std::string, std::string> statsigEnvironment;
std::unordered_map<std::string, std::string> customIDs;
inline bool operator==(User const &a, User const &b)
return a.userID == b.userID && == &&
a.ipAddress == b.ipAddress &&
a.userAgent == b.userAgent && == &&
a.locale == b.locale &&
a.appVersion == b.appVersion &&
a.custom == b.custom &&
a.privateAttribute == b.privateAttribute &&
a.statsigEnvironment == b.statsigEnvironment &&
a.customIDs == b.customIDs;


struct Options
std::string api;
bool localMode;
int rulesetsSyncIntervalMs;
int loggingIntervalMs;
int loggingMaxBufferSize;
Options() : api(""),
rulesetsSyncIntervalMs(10 * 1000),
loggingIntervalMs(60 * 1000),