A simple, yet flexible solution to tracking changes made to objects in your database.
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A flexible and lightweight object change tracking system.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'changeling'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install changeling


$ brew install elasticsearch



Include the Trackling module for any class you want to keep track of:

class Post
  include Changeling::Trackling

  # Model logic here...


If you are using a Rails app, and have the notion of a "user"", you may want to track of which user made which changes. Unfortunately models don't understand the concept of the currently signed in user. We'll have to leverage the controller to tack on this information.

# Doesn't have to be ApplicationController, perhaps you only want it in controllers for certain resources.
class ApplicationController < ActionController::Base
    include Changeling::Blameling

    # Changeling assumes your user is current_user, but if not, override the changeling_blame_user method like so:
    def changeling_blame_user

    # Controller logic here...

Asynchronous Tracking

Sometimes in high production load, you don't want another gem clogging up your resource pipeline, slowing down performance and potentially causing downtime. Changeling has built-in Asynchronous support so you don't have to go and write your own callbacks and queues! Changeling is compatible with Sidekiq and Resque. When your object is saved, a job is placed in the 'changeling' queue.

class Post
  # include Changeling::Trackling
  include Changeling::Async::Trackling

  # Model logic here...

Accessing Changeling's history

If you wish to see what has been logged, include the Probeling module:

class Post
  include Changeling::Trackling
  include Changeling::Probeling

  # Model logic here...

With Probeling, you can check out the changes that have been made! They're stored in the order that the changes are made. You can access the up to the last 10 changes simply by calling

# Alias for this method: @post.history

You can access a different number of records by passing in a number to the .loglings method:

# Will automatically handle if there are less than the number of histories requested.

Access an object's last 10 changes where a specific field was changed:

# Alias for this method: @post.history_for_field(field)
# Or if you prefer stringified fields:

# You can also pass in a number to get more results
@post.loglings_for_field(:title, 50)

Logling Properties (history objects):

log = @post.loglings.first

log.klass # class of the object that the Logling is tracking.
=> Post

log.oid # the ID of the object that the Logling is tracking.
# Note: integer type IDs will be integers. Non-integer types (such as Mongo's IDs) will be represented as a string.
=> 1

log.before # what the before state of the object was.
=> {"title" => "Old Title"}

log.after # what the after state of the object is.
=> {"title" => "New Title"}

log.modified_by # ID of the user who made the changes to the object
# Note: this could be nil if the Blameling module was not set up in you controller, or if changes were made from a place without a user object, such as the Rails console.
# Note: integer type IDs will be integers. Non-integer types (such as Mongo's IDs) will be represented as a string.
=> 33

log.modifications # what changes were made to the object that this Logling recorded. Basically a roll up of the .before and .after methods.
=> {"title" => ["Old Title", "New Title"]}

log.modified_at # what time these changes were made.
=> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:21:46 UTC +00:00

log.as_json # JSON representation of the changes.
=> {:class => Post, :oid => 1, :modified_by => 33, :modifications=> { "title" => ["Old Title", "New Title"] }, :modified_at => Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:21:46 UTC +00:00}


This library is tested using Travis, where it is tested against the following interpreters (with corresponding ORM/ODMs) and datastores:

  • MRI 1.9.3 (Mongoid 3.0.3, ActiveRecord 3.2.7)
  • ElasticSearch (Tested on 0.19.9 with JVM 20.10-b01-428)


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


  • Restore state from a Logling
  • Performance testing against large data loads.
  • Sinatra app to monitor changes as they happen in real-time.
  • Analytics for changes.
  • Much more...