Rails Settings Cached

This is improved from rails-settings, added caching for all settings. Settings is a plugin that makes managing a table of global key, value pairs easy. Think of it like a global Hash stored in your database, that uses simple ActiveRecord like methods for manipulation. Keep track of any global setting that you dont want to hard code into your rails app. You can store any kind of object. Strings, numbers, arrays, or any object.


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Edit your Gemfile:

gem "rails-settings-cached"

Generate your settings:

$ rails g settings:install

If you want custom model name:

$ rails g settings:install

Or use a custom name:

$ rails g settings:install SiteConfig

You will get app/models/setting.rb

class Setting < RailsSettings::Base
  source Rails.root.join("config/app.yml")
  # cache_prefix { "v1" }

Now just put that migration in the database with:

rake db:migrate


The syntax is easy. First, lets create some settings to keep track of:

Setting.admin_password = 'supersecret'
Setting.date_format    = '%m %d, %Y'
Setting.cocktails      = ['Martini', 'Screwdriver', 'White Russian']
Setting.foo            = 123
Setting.credentials    = { :username => 'tom', :password => 'secret' }

Now lets read them back:

Setting.foo            # returns 123

Changing an existing setting is the same as creating a new setting:

Setting.foo = 'super duper bar'

Decide you dont want to track a particular setting anymore?

Setting.destroy :foo
Setting.foo            # returns nil

Want a list of all the settings?


You need name spaces and want a list of settings for a give name space? Just choose your prefered named space delimiter and use Setting.get_all (Settings.all for # Rails 3.x and 4.0.x) like this:

Setting['preferences.color'] = :blue
Setting['preferences.size'] = :large
Setting['license.key'] = 'ABC-DEF'# Rails 4.1.x

Setting.get_all('preferences.')# Rails 3.x and 4.0.x

Setting.all('preferences.')# returns { 'preferences.color' => :blue, 'preferences.size' => :large }

Extend a model

Settings may be bound to any existing ActiveRecord object. Define this association like this: Notice! is not do caching in this version.

class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  include RailsSettings::Extend

Then you can set/get a setting for a given user instance just by doing this:

user = User.find(123)
user.settings.color = :red
user.settings.color # returns :red
user.settings.get_all# { "color" => :red }

If you want to find users having or not having some settings, there are named scopes for this:

User.with_settings# => returns a scope of users having any setting

User.with_settings_for('color')# => returns a scope of users having a 'color' setting

User.without_settings# returns a scope of users having no setting at all (means user.settings.get_all == {})

User.without_settings('color')# returns a scope of users having no 'color' setting (means user.settings.color == nil)

Default settings

Sometimes you may want define default settings.

RailsSettings has generate a config YAML file in:

# config/app.yml
defaults: &defaults
  github_token: "123456"
  twitter_token: "<%= ENV["TWITTER_TOKEN"] %>"
    bar: "Foo bar"

  <<: *defaults

  <<: *defaults

  <<: *defaults

And you can use by Setting model:

=> "123456"
Setting.github_token = "654321"
# Save into database.
# Read from databae / caching.
=> "654321"
=> 'Foo bar'

NOTE: YAML setting it also under the cache scope, when you restart Rails application, cache will expire, so when you want change default config, you need restart Rails application server.

Caching flow:

Setting.foo -> Check Cache -> Exist - Write Cache -> Return
                Check DB -> Exist -> Write Cache -> Return
               Check Default -> Exist -> Write Cache -> Return
               Return nil

Change cache key

When config/app.yml has changed, you may need change the cache prefix to expires caches.

class Setting < RailsSettings::Base
  cache_prefix { 'you-prefix' }

How to create a list, form to manage Settings?

If you want create an admin interface to editing the Settings, you can try methods in follow:


namespace :admin do
  resources :settings


module Admin
  class SettingsController < ApplicationController
    before_action :get_setting, only: [:edit, :update]

    def index
      @settings = Setting.get_all

    def edit

    def update
      if @setting.value != params[:setting][:value]
        @setting.value = params[:setting][:value]
        redirect_to admin_settings_path, notice: 'Setting has updated.'
        redirect_to admin_settings_path

    def get_setting
      @setting = Setting.find_by(var: params[:id]) || Setting.new(var: params[:id])


  <% @settings.each_key do |key| %>
    <td><%= key %></td>
    <td><%= link_to 'edit', edit_admin_setting_path(key) %></td>
  <% end %>


<%= form_for(@setting, url: admin_setting_path(@setting.var), method: 'patch') do |f| %>
  <label><%= @setting.var %></label>
  <%= f.text_area :value, rows: 10 %>
  <%= f.submit %>
<% end %>

Also you may use rails-settings-ui gem for building ready to using interface with validations, or activeadmin_settings_cached gem if you use activeadmin.

Use case: