Adds simple publishing functionality to your active record models
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Publishable allows a given Boolean, Date, or DateTime column to indicate whether an ActiveRecord model object is “published”. This can be used, for example, to schedule a news post to be published at some later date on a website, or to hide work-in-progress content until it is ready to be released to the public.

Methods are provided to publish and unpublish the model object, and scopes are added for filtering your records.

  • When publishing via a Boolean column, the value of the column determines whether (true) or not (false) the model object is published.

  • When publishing via a Date or DateTime column, the value of the published column must be before “now” (or “today” for Date columns) for the object to be published. Date or DateTime publishables also have scopes for returning recent or upcoming records, i.e. records that have already been published, or records that will be published in the future.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'publishable'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install publishable


  1. Create the publishable column via a migration:

    rails generate migration add_published_to_post published:date
    rails generate migration add_published_to_story published:datetime
    rails generate migration add_released_to_album released:boolean
  2. Declare that your models are publishable:

    class Post < ActiveRecord::Base
    class Story < ActiveRecord::Base
    class Album < ActiveRecord::Base
      publishable :on => :released

The column name used by publishable can be specified via the :on option. The default used (if :on is not specified) is :published. If publishing via a Boolean column, be sure to add a default value to the column in the migration— otherwise existing models will be neither published nor unpublished.


published_posts = Post.recent(5) # Returns the five most recently-published Posts, in descending order by publish-date

album =
album.published?  # false - by default, records are not published
album.publish     # sets the 'released' column to true, but does not save it back to the database
album.publish!    # publishes AND saves the record to the database
album.published?  # true
album.unpublish!  # sets the 'released' column back to false and saves the record

story =
story.publish!(2.hours.from_now)    # Sets the story to go live in two hours
story.unpublish!                    # Sets the 'published' column to nil
upcoming_stories = Story.upcoming   # Get all stories that will be published in the future, in ascending order by publish-date

Contributing to publishable

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet.

  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it.

  • Fork the project.

  • Start a feature/bugfix branch.

  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution.

  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.

  • Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.


Copyright © 2010-2014 Martin Linkhorst, released under the MIT license. Copyright © 2013-2014 тιηуηυмвєяѕ. See LICENSE.txt for further details. Copyright © 2013-2014 Andrew Janssen. See LICENSE.txt for further details.