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SeedMe is a simple plugin that was created to provide an easy way to add config and test data to the system.

Release Notes

  • 5.0.0: Grails 5 support
  • 4.1.6: Split gradle plugin into seed-me-gradle and fixed issues with templates
  • 4.1.4: Actually Updated the ReadME Sorry! Added YAML,JSON seed template support
  • 0.6.5: Fixed meta support to respect the update attribute
  • 0.6.2: Fixing the ability to use map types as domain properties which are not associations
  • 0.6.1: Added support for enums

Configuring for Development

SeedMe does not require any configuration, but there are several configuration options:

grails.plugin.seed.excludedPlugins=[] // plugins to exclude
grails.plugin.seed.excludedSeedFiles=[] // Seed files to exclude
grails.plugin.seed.root='src/seed' //
grails.plugin.seed.metaKey='meta' // seed map key for meta information
grails.plugin.seed.environment='[Grails environment name]'

Grails 4


buildscript {

    dependencies {
        classpath 'com.bertramlabs.plugins:seed-me-gradle:4.1.6'

apply plugin: "seed-me-gradle"

dependencies {
  runtimeOnly 'com.bertramlabs.plugins:seed-me:4.1.6'

Grails 3

For grails3 a mod has to be made to the users build.gradle file such that the seed files are copied into the war file appropriately.

project.tasks.processResources.dependsOn(project.task.create(Copy,"Copy Seed"){
  from "src/seed"
  into "seed"


SeedMe looks for .groovy, .yaml, and .json seed files in the project src/seed folder and in all included plugins. Any files at the root of seed folder will be processed as well as one level deaper.

NOTE: If the folder name contains the word templates/ this is reserved for template inclusion when dealing with large blobs

SeedMe also checks for a folder in the seed folder with a name that matches the current running environment or env-${currentEnvironment} and will process any files found in that folder. The plugin also, only runs seeds that have not previously been run by maintaining a checksum of the seed files in the database.

Seed DSL

Seed Examples

This example is for a device.

seed  = {
  device(meta:[key:'uniqueId', update:false], uniqueId:'5555', account:[uniqueId:'testaccount'], name:'voyagerTest1108',
      deviceType:[code:'ion'], serialNumber:'5555', imei:'0000000000000')

or now in yaml:

# dependencies
dependsOn: []
# seed entries
  - meta:
      key: code
      update: false
    uniqueId: 5555
      uniqueId: 'testaccount'
    name: voyagerTest1108
    deviceType: ion
    serialNumber: 5555
    imei: '0000000000000'


The seed file must start with a seed closure and within the closure you will add an entry for each seed item. Each entry within the seed closure must begin with the Artefact name of the Domain.

Specifying Options

The seed plugin supports several optional attributes to make it easier to generate data. The first of which is the meta property

domainClass(meta:[key:'uniqueId', update: false])

The meta property allows the specification of the unique finder key. When a domain is seeded, the seed service will first attempt to find an instance of the domain by this property based on the seed value. This key property can be either a single property value or a map of properties to find by. Also, if the seed does exist, you can optionally set update:false. This will prevent the record from being restored/updated if it already exists.

Assigning properties by association

If a property is an instance of a domain class, the property may be assignable by passing a map of the fields with which to look up this domain. i.e. Given 2 domains Book and Author with Book belonging to Author:

seed = {
  author(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'David', description: 'Author Bio Here')

  book(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'How to seed your database', date: new Date(), author: [name: 'David'])

Assigning Values by Closure

In some cases, it may be necessary to generate the values within context of the seed run. (For example, using enumerators or string values that are combined from queries to other domains).

seed = {
  author(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'David', description: 'Author Bio Here')

  book(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'How to seed your database', date: new Date(), author: [name: 'David'],
    status: { domain ->
      return domain.ACTIVE

Enum Support

Enum type values in domain classes are supported in two variations. Through direct reference inside your DSL or by allowing the seed service to derive the enum from the domain class itself.

Given enum and domain class defined as:

package com.mypackage

enum SomeEnum {

class SomeDomain {
    String name
    SomeEnum someEnum
    Date dateCreated

You can use this in form A:

import com.mypackage.SomeEnum
seed = {
    someDomain(meta:[key:'name'], name:'bob', someEnum:SomeEnum.value1)

Form B:

seed = {
    someDomain(meta:[key:'name'], name:'bob', someEnum:'value2')

Running Seeds

By default, the seeds do not execute at startup. This can be enabled by setting grails.plugin.seed.autoSeed = true or using system property with startup -DautoSeed=true. This allows you to selectivly control how/when your seeds are executed for particular environments.

Assigning properties by domain

In some cases (mainly legacy db schemas) an association may not directly exist between 2 domains however they are associated by a property. If a specific property needs to be the result of finding another domain with that property you may use a map with the following syntax:

seed = {
  author(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'David', description: 'Author Bio Here')

  book(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'How to seed your database', date: new Date(), authorIdFk: [domainClass: 'author', meta: [property:'id'], name: 'David'])

This will look for the specified domain of Author and find the author with the specified name. The resultant record will then assign the property id to authorIdFk.

Assigning domains to a hasMany property

For one-to-many or many-to-many relationships, specify a list of maps. The map shall contain the fields by which to look up the sub domains. For instance, for the following Book domain class with many Authors

class Book {
  String name
  Date date
  static hasMany = [authors:Author]

The seed closure would look like

seed = {
  author(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'David', description: 'Author Bio Here')
  author(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'John', description:'John is a great author')

  book(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'How to seed your database', date: new Date(), authors: [[name: 'David'], [name: 'John']])

This will look for the two Author domains by the name field.

Controlling Seed Order

SeedMe supports the ability to control seed load order across all your plugins with a dependsOn directive. An example may look like this:

seed = {
  book(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'How to seed your database', date: new Date(), authors: [[name: 'David'], [name: 'John']])

NOTE: If 2 seed files exist with the same name across plugins, dependency order can be controlled by specifying the plugin name before the seed file name. i.e.:

seed = {
  book(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'How to seed your database', date: new Date(), authors: [[name: 'David'], [name: 'John']])

Using in Integration Tests

SeedMe provides an interface for writing the seed-me DSL right into your tests. Simply use the seedService and call

seedService.installSeed {
  author(meta:[key:'name'], name: 'John', description:'John is a great author')