Easy-peasy external settings for your Rails app.
# Gemfile gem 'choices'
In your app initializer block:
This will read configuration from "config/settings.yml" and, additionally, "settings.local.yml" if it exists. You should check the main file into version control, but not the ".local" file which is to be used for per-machine configuration: tweaks in development or private keys in production, for example.
# .gitignore config/settings.local.yml
Configuration files can contain ERB; this is useful for reading in dynamic config such as from environment variables:
# settings.yml defaults: &defaults secret_token: <%= ENV['COOKIE_SECRET'] %> heroku: <%= !!ENV['HEROKU_TYPE'] %> mongodb: uri: <%= ENV['MONGOHQ_URL'] %> development: <<: *defaults test: &testing <<: *defaults secret_token: <%= "banana" * 5 %> mongodb: database: myapp_test cucumber: <<: *testing
The ".local" file can contain overrides for your development environment:
# settings.local.yml development: mongodb: database: myapp_dev
Finally, the config keys can be read in your app as such:
Rails.configuration.heroku #=> false Rails.configuration.mongodb.database #=> "myapp_dev"