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Notice: Under development!

Ransack-mongoid is an attempt to port most of the core ransack functionality for use with Mongoid (and possibly other Document based data store mappers)

This project with started in response to

ransack mongoid issue 120

Getting started

Someday when it works...

In your Gemfile:

gem "ransack-mongoid"  # Last officially released gem


Ransack can be used in one of two modes, simple or advanced.

See the Ransack README for more info.

In your controller:

def index
  @q = Person.search(params[:q])
  @people = @q.result(:distinct => true)

In your view:

<%= search_form_for @q do |f| %>
  <%= f.label :name_cont %>
  <%= f.text_field :name_cont %>
  <%= f.label :articles_title_start %>
  <%= f.text_field :articles_title_start %>
  <%= f.submit %>
<% end %>

cont (contains) and start (starts with) are just two of the available search predicates. See Constants for a full list.

Advanced Mode

See Ransack README

Search solution ideas for Mongoid relations

Here some thoughts how it could be achieved (without knowing much about the details of the Mongoid internals with regards to these matters...)

class Post
  include Mongoid::Document

  field :name, type: String

  embeds_many :comments 
  belongs_to  :authors,   class_name: 'User'
  has_many    :reviewers, class_name: 'User'

  enable_ransack # includes Ransack macro module

  # Ransack macro module makes the macro #search_field available
  # creates embedded doc called 'search_reviewers' 
  # of class SearchReview (unless class already exists)
  # with fields name and rating
  # this embedded doc will be auto-updated on after-save
  search_field :reviewers do
    index :name, :rating

Uses the after :save hook to update an embedded index of relational attributes for use with search form. Determines which of the updated attributes are relations, and then for the ones of interest to the search (as defined by use of #search_field on the model), it will create embedded docs for those relational fields with a subsset of searchable attributes.

Chained relations?:

search_field :reviewers do
  index :name, :rating

  search_field :boss, for: %w{name title}    

In the above example, the for option is a shorthand for a single index of attributes. The #index within the block could be used for more advanced scenarios, perhaps specifying additional options, another block or ... ?

Here some pseudo code to illustrate:

after :save do

def ransack_attributes
  attributes.each do |att|
    if search_attributes.include?(att) && relationship?(att)
      update_search_field att

How do we then ensure that it works in the other direction? We need a way for the belongs_to (inverse relationship) to notify the owner of the relationship of a change, in order to update the index. This should be possible!


To support the project:

  • Use Ransack in your apps, and let us know if you encounter anything that's broken or missing. A failing spec is awesome. A pull request is even better!
  • Spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere if Ransack's been useful to you. The more people who are using the project, the quicker we can find and fix bugs!


Copyright © 2011 Ernie Miller