I would like to do some stuff that is only enabled when the draft option is given in \documentclass[draft]{article}.

How would I go about doing this?

2 Answers 2


The draft option sets \overfullrule to 5pt; so you can say


and say

\ifdraft{do this, we are in draft mode}{do that, we aren't in draft mode}

Note that \ifdraft is not a real conditional, so perhaps it should be named \@ifdraft but this would force you to use it in definitions between \makeatletter and \makeatother.

Of course, you shouldn't be setting \overfullrule yourself.


There is also the ifdraft package that does what you want.

It defines \ifdraft{Do in draft}{Do in final} and some others

  • That works really well. I am surprised to see it even works with environments.
    – khatchad
    Commented Jul 27, 2021 at 22:54

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