Integrating with Ruby on Rails and other frameworks

Maciej Mensfeld edited this page Jul 20, 2018 · 9 revisions

Want to use Karafka with Ruby on Rails or Sinatra? It can be done!

Integrating with Ruby on Rails

Add Karafka to your Ruby on Rails application Gemfile:

gem 'karafka'

Copy the karafka.rb file from your Karafka application into your Rails app. If you don't have this file, you can copy the example one. This file is responsible for booting up Karafka framework. To make it work with Ruby on Rails, you need to load whole Rails application in this file.

karafka.rb changes

Please open your karafka.rb file and replace:

ENV['RACK_ENV'] ||= 'development'

Bundler.require(:default, ENV['KARAFKA_ENV'])


ENV['RAILS_ENV'] ||= 'development'

require ::File.expand_path('../config/environment', __FILE__)

# This lines will make Karafka print to stdout like puma or unicorn
if Rails.env.development?

and replace default Karafka logger with Rails logger:

class App < Karafka::App
  setup do |config|
    # Other config details...
    config.logger = Rails.logger

Note: Rails.logger when loaded outside of the rails console and rails server commands does not print to the stdout but instead into a log file appropriate to the environment in which it runs. This affects also Karafka. If you don't see any output, please check your log file.

config/environment.rb changes

Append this line at the end of the config/environment.rb file:

require Rails.root.join(Karafka.boot_file)

and you are ready to go!

Using Karafka with HashWithIndifferentAccess

Note: There is a performance penalty for using HashWithIndifferentAccess. You have been warned.

If you are integrating Karafka with Ruby on Rails applications, there's a high probability, that your codebase already relies on HashWithIndifferentAccess. Karafka framework by default uses standard Ruby Hash class with some extra flavor because of performance reasons. However, if you want, you can replace it with HashWithIndifferentAccess by setting up the params_base_class config value as following:

class App < Karafka::App
  setup do |config|
    # Other config details...
    config.params_base_class = HashWithIndifferentAccess

Integrating with Sinatra

Sinatra applications differ from one another. There are single file applications and apps with similar to Rails structure. That's why we cannot provide a simple single tutorial. Here are some guidelines that you should follow in order to integrate it with Sinatra based application:

Add Karafka to your Sinatra application Gemfile:

gem 'karafka'

After that make sure that while your application is loaded before setting up and booting Karafka (see Ruby on Rails integration for more details about that).

Note: If by any chance you're integrating Karafka with any other framework, we will appreciate your contribution in form of an update to this Wiki page.

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