How to Enable Angular's enableProdMode() for Optimal Performance in Development - Comprehensive Guide

In this guide, we'll discuss how to enable Angular's enableProdMode() to optimize your application's performance in development. Enabling production mode can help you identify and fix performance issues before deploying your application to a live environment.

Table of Contents

  1. What is enableProdMode()?
  2. Enabling enableProdMode()
  3. Comparison of Development and Production Modes
  4. FAQ

What is enableProdMode()?

Angular applications run in development mode by default. This mode provides helpful error messages and stack trace information to aid in debugging. However, it comes at the cost of reduced performance due to additional checks and debug utilities.

enableProdMode() is a function provided by Angular that, when invoked, switches the application to run in production mode. Production mode disables Angular's development-specific checks and reduces the size of your application bundles, resulting in improved performance.

Enabling enableProdMode()

Follow these steps to enable enableProdMode() in your Angular application:

  1. Open the src/main.ts file in your Angular project.
  2. Import enableProdMode from the @angular/core package:
import { enableProdMode } from '@angular/core';
  1. Call the enableProdMode() function before bootstrapping your application:
if (environment.production) {

  .catch(err => console.error(err));
  1. Ensure that the environment.production variable is set to true in the src/environments/ file:
export const environment = {
  production: true
  1. Update your build configuration to use the production environment file when building for production. In your angular.json file, locate the fileReplacements section under the configurations object for your production build and replace the content with the following:
"fileReplacements": [
    "replace": "src/environments/environment.ts",
    "with": "src/environments/"
  1. Build your application for production using the following command:
ng build --prod

Comparison of Development and Production Modes

Here is a comparison of the key differences between development and production modes in Angular:

Features Development Mode Production Mode
Error messages and stack trace Yes No
Change detection Default Optimized
Bundle size Larger Smaller
Performance Slower Faster


How do I disable enableProdMode()?

To disable enableProdMode(), simply comment out or remove the enableProdMode() function call in your src/main.ts file.

What are the benefits of enableProdMode()?

The benefits of enabling enableProdMode() include:

  • Improved performance due to optimized change detection and smaller bundle sizes
  • Disabling of development-specific error messages and stack traces, reducing the amount of information exposed to users

Can I use enableProdMode() in development?

Yes, you can enable enableProdMode() in development to simulate a production environment and identify performance issues. However, it is not recommended to leave it enabled during development, as it may make debugging more difficult.

How can I detect if enableProdMode() is enabled?

You can use the isDevMode() function from the @angular/core package to check if your application is running in development mode. If isDevMode() returns false, it means that enableProdMode() is enabled.

How do I enable Ahead-of-Time (AOT) compilation?

AOT compilation is enabled by default in Angular when you build your application for production using the ng build --prod command.

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