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A (for now) very opinionated gem which has 3 sections:

  • pipeline/app setup
  • db restore (pull down your heroku database and psql < tmp/latest.db)
  • db_restores (push to heroku remotes)

These tasks all assume your heroku application names are of the format "#{Rails.application.class.parent_name.underscore.gsub('_','-')}-#{environment}", where environment is one of staging, production. Setting up an app includes the following free Heroku addons:

*heroku-postgresql:hobby-dev *newrelic:wayne *papertrail:choklad *rediscloud:30 *scheduler:standard *sendgrid:starter

App name configuration flags and more detailed documentation will come in a later version.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'heroku_db_restore', group: :development # No need to include this on production or staging

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install heroku_db_restore


To see an updated list of tasks and descriptions: bundle exec rake heroku_db_restore -T heroku_db_restore

rake db:restore                  # Pull Down a copy of the database from the specified heroku environment
rake db:restore:from_local_dump  # Restore from local dump file (defaults to '/tmp/latest.dump' - specify with DUMP_FILE Environmental Variable)
rake db:restore:local            # Erase local development and test database and restore from the local dump file
rake db:restore:production       # Restore a local copy of Heroku's Production Environment database
rake db:restore:staging          # Restore a local copy of Heroku's Staging Environment database


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.