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Easy annotation of ActiveRecord objects with properties stored in Redis. Extracted from DueProps
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A simple way to annotate ActiveRecord objects with properties that are stored in Redis instead of your relational database. Perfect for adding attributes to your models that you won't have to worry about querying or reporting on later. Examples include flags, preferences, etc.

If you provide a default value for a property definition, then RedisProps provides typecasting based on the type inferred

Properties are lazily loaded when their accessors are invoked, but saved immediately when set. In other words, don't rely on them to have transactional behavior along with the rest of your ActiveRecord attributes. (However, there are plans to add a transactional modes soon.)

The current version is extracted from working code in DueProps


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'redis_props'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install redis_props


The RedisProps module depends on Redis.current (provided by the redis gem) being set. Key names and namespaces are generated using a customized version of a 1-file library called Nest hat we bundled into this gem.

To add RedisProps to your models just include RedisProps in your ActiveRecord class and use the redis_props method to declare extra (optionally namespaced) properties for your objects.

class Dog < ActiveRecord::Base
  include RedisProps

  redis_props do
    define :nickname
    define :favorite_treat

  redis_props :has_medical_condition do
    define :fleas, default: false

>> dog = Dog.create(name: "Fido")
=> <Dog id: 1, name: "Fido", created_at: "2012-05-13 02:15:35", updated_at: "2012-05-13 02:15:35">

>> dog.nickname = "the wonder dog"
=> "the wonder dog"

>> dog.has_medical_condition_fleas?
=> false

>> dog.has_medical_condition_fleas = true
=> true

>> dog = Dog.find_by_name("Fido")
=> <Dog id: 1, name: "Fido", created_at: "2012-05-13 02:15:35", updated_at: "2012-05-13 02:15:35">

>> dog.nickname
=> "the wonder dog"

>> dog.has_medical_condition_fleas?
=> true

In addition to the define method, you'll get a protected r method that returns a namespaced key that can be used for manual redis operations.

>> dog = Dog.create
=> <Dog id: 5, name: nil, created_at: "2012-05-13 02:15:35", updated_at: "2012-05-13 02:15:35">

>> dog.send(:r)
=> "Dog:5"

>> dog.has_medical_condition_fleas = true
=> true

>> dog.send(:r).redis.keys
=> ["Dog:5:has_medical_condition_fleas"]


These are ranked in order of very likely to get done soon to less likely to get done soon (or maybe not at all.)

  • Add documentation for type inference based on default values
  • batch saving of attributes instead of instant
  • record locking and transactions


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request
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