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= RailRoad_Xing
Fork of to add support for Merb and DataMapper.
RailRoad generates models and controllers diagrams in DOT language for a
Rails or Merb application.
= Usage
Run RailRoad on the Rails or Merbs application's root directory. You can
redirect its output to a .dot file or pipe it to the dot or neato utilities
to produce a graphic. Model diagrams are intended to be processed using dot
and controller diagrams are best processed using neato.
railroad [options] command
== Options
Common options:
-b, --brief Generate compact diagram
(no attributes nor methods)
-e, --exclude file1[,fileN] Exclude given files
-i, --inheritance Include inheritance relations
-l, --label Add a label with diagram information
(type, date, migration, version)
-o, --output FILE Write diagram to file FILE
-v, --verbose Enable verbose output
(produce messages to STDOUT)
Models diagram options:
-a, --all Include all models
(not only ActiveRecord::Base derived)
--hide-magic Hide magic field names
--hide-types Hide attributes type
-j, --join Concentrate edges
-m, --modules Include modules
-p, --plugins-models Include plugins models
-t, --transitive Include transitive associations
(through inheritance)
Controllers diagram options:
--hide-public Hide public methods
--hide-protected Hide protected methods
--hide-private Hide private methods
Other options:
-h, --help Show this message
--version Show version and copyright
== Commands
-M, --models Generate models diagram
-C, --controllers Generate controllers diagram
-A, --aasm Generate "acts as state machine" diagram
(Rails only)
== Examples
railroad -o -M
Produces a models diagram to the file ''
railroad -a -i -o -M
Models diagram with all classes showing inheritance relations
railroad -M | dot -Tsvg > models.svg
Model diagram in SVG format
railroad -C | neato -Tpng > controllers.png
Controller diagram in PNG format
railroad -h
Shows usage help
= Processing DOT files
To produce a PNG image from model diagram generated by RailRoad you can
issue the following command:
dot -Tpng > models.png
If you want to do the same with a controller diagram, use neato instead of
neato -Tpng > controllers.png
If you want to produce SVG (vectorial, scalable, editable) files, you can do
the following:
dot -Tsvg > models.svg
neato -Tsvg > controllers.svg
Important: There is a bug in Graphviz tools when generating SVG files that
cause a text overflow. You can solve this problem editing (with a text
editor, not a graphical SVG editor) the file and replacing around line 12
"font-size:14.00;" by "font-size:11.00;", or by issuing the following command
(see "man sed"):
sed -i 's/font-size:14.00/font-size:11.00/g' file.svg
Note: For viewing and editing SVG there is an excellent opensource tool
called Inkscape (similar to Adobe Illustrator. For DOT processing you can
also use Omnigraffle (on Mac OS X).
= RailRoad as a rake task
(Thanks to Thomas Ritz, ,for the code.)
In your Rails application, put the following rake tasks into 'lib/task/diagrams.rake':
namespace :doc do
namespace :diagram do
task :models do
sh "railroad -i -l -a -m -M | dot -Tsvg | sed 's/font-size:14.00/font-size:11.00/g' > doc/models.svg"
task :controllers do
sh "railroad -i -l -C | neato -Tsvg | sed 's/font-size:14.00/font-size:11.00/g' > doc/controllers.svg"
task :diagrams => %w(diagram:models diagram:controllers)
Then, 'rake doc:diagrams' produces 'doc/models.svg' and 'doc/controllers.svg'.
= Requirements
RailRoad has been tested with Ruby 1.8.5 and Rails 1.1.6 to 1.2.3
applications. There is no additional requirements (nevertheless, all your
Rails application requirements must be installed).
RailRoad has been tested with Merb 1.0.4 and DataMapper 0.9.7.
In order to view/export the DOT diagrams, you'll need the processing tools
from Graphviz.
= Website and Project Home
= License
RailRoad is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License
as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the
License, or (at your option) any later version.
= Authors
Javier Smaldone
(javier -at- smaldone -dot- com -dot- ar, )
Roy Wright