Roku SDK Documentation : Conditional Compilation

Available since firmware version 7.6

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Conditional Compilation allows boolean constants to determine whether a section of code should be compiled. Conditional compilation values are defined by the #const identifier and has the form:

#const <constant-name> = <expression> 

Examples of valid expressions
#const someFlag = true
#const anotherFlag = false
#const someOtherFlag = someFlag


  • This initial release only supports boolean constant values.

  • Constant names must be composed of alphanumeric characters, and optionally, the underscore _ character. There is no limit to the length of a constant name.

  • Constant names are case-insensitive.

  • A constant name should not be redefined if it has already been defined prior. 

Defining a Constant

A constant can be defined in 2 ways:

  • A manifest attribute in the channel package
  • A constant locally scoped to individual BrightScript files

Manifest Constant

Conditional compilation values can be specified in the manifest via the bs_const attribute:


More than one conditional compilation value can be specified via semi-colon separated key-value pairs:



 There are a variety of ways Conditional Compilation can be used:

Example demonstrating use of manifest constants
#if someFlag 
	'code to execute when someFlag is true
#else if anotherFlag
	'code to execute when anotherFlag is true
#end if
Example demonstrating locally scoped constants
#const FeatureA = true
#const FeatureB = false
#if FeatureA
	'code for Feature A
#else if FeatureB
	'code for Feature B
	'production code
#end if

An #error constant can also be used to force a compilation error with an error message:

Example demonstrating usage of #error constant
#const FeatureA = true 
#if FeatureA AND deviceSupported
	'code for Feature A
	#error Your device cannot support this feature.
#end if

Block Comments

Conditional Compilation can also be used to form block comments. Previously, each line of code needed to be commented out. 

Example of code block comments
#if false
	This is a function that does nothing.
	This function takes no parameters.
	This function does not return anything.
#end if 
Function foo() as void
	'do nothing
End Function
Example of commenting out code
#if false
Function Order66() as void
	'code for Order66
End Function
#end if

Calling this function would result in a compile time error. To re-enable this function, change #if false to #if true